Join a workshop for the The New York State Healthy Places Training Program

This event is presented by the New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) and Project for Public Spaces (PPS) and Sponsored By Designing a Strong and Healthy New York (DASH-NY), a project of The New York Academy of Medicine.  Follow a link below  for more information and registration for that particular workshop.

October 20, 2011 Syracuse, NY

October 21, 2011 Batavia, NY

October 26, 2011 Saranac Lake, NY

November 7, 2011 Farmingdale, NY

November 9, 2011 Albany, NY

November 15, 2011 Brooklyn, NY

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Lunch and refreshments provided)

About the Healthy Places Training Program

As a part of DASH-NY, New York State’s Obesity Prevention Policy Center, Project for Public Spaces (PPS) is working with the New York Academy of Medicine to deliver the New York State Healthy Places Training Program in six locations around New York – Syracuse, Batavia, Saranac Lake, Farmingdale, Albany, and Brooklyn.

The Healthy Places Training Program presents a holistic approach to improving population by planning active transportation systems that connect to key destinations, including healthy food hubs that eliminate food deserts and support local business. The training program will work with local, regional, and state public health officials, along with other key stakeholders, to understand and implement policies/programs that simultaneously encourage physical activity and healthy eating – while also revitalizing the streets, parks, and gathering spaces within their communities.

The trainings will be one-day each, and will include presentations and interactive exercises, including a facilitated on-site analysis activity. Each training will educate practitioners and stakeholders on best practices in fostering active transportation and healthy food programs through markets, by way of policy, design, and community engagement actions. Training instructors will review methods and tools that health officials and communities can use to break through bureaucratic silos, take personal action, and engage likely and unlikely partners, to transform their community into a place that promotes physical activity and healthy eating, while improving public space and community development.

PPS instructors will use their experience in working with a wide range of agencies, organizations, and interest groups, along with case studies and recent research, to demonstrate the need, opportunities, and methods by which community health can be improved.  A new “Healthy Places Audit” will be developed for use during the trainings. The audit will allow participants to understand first-hand the barriers and possibilities of changing the built environment to improve public health.

The trainings will be delivered by Aurash Khawarzad and Kelly Verel of PPS during October and November of 2011. We invite you to come with your community partners (planners, county officials, business owners, etc.) to this FREE event. Please contact Monica Chierici at with your questions about this opportunity.

Designing a Strong and Healthy New York (DASH-NY) is New York State’s Obesity Prevention Policy Center. For more info, visit us at Parks & Trails New York is partnering with DASH-NY on the November 9th workshop in Delmar, NY.

Learn more about Project for Public Spaces and their work at

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