We held a seminar with speaker Lucy Saunders. How do our streets influence our health? Can we transform our streets into healthier places? Find out about the Healthy Streets Approach, which puts people and health first. Watch the video.

Lucy Saunders is a Public Health Specialist, who has developed the Healthy Streets Approach that puts people and their health at the centre of decision making, helping everyone to use cars less and to walk, cycle and use public transport more. Lucy will show how our streets influence our health and how taking the Healthy Streets Approach delivers a wide range of social and environmental benefits with examples from cities around the world, including London where Transport for London has adopted the approach as the basis of its transport strategy.

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Lucy Saunders is a Consultant in Public Health specialising in transport, public realm and planning. She developed the Healthy Streets Approach™ and the 10 Healthy Streets Indicators™ in 2011. The Healthy Streets Approach is a framework for putting human health and quality of life at the centre of decision making around transport and public realm planning and management. In 2015 she was awarded Transport Planner of the Year by the Transport Planning Society and her work won awards from the international UITP and UK Chartered Institute for Highways and Transportation.

Lucy currently leads on the integration of transport and public health in London supporting Transport for London, boroughs and advocacy organisations. Lucy works across both the Greater London Authority and Transport for London embedding the Healthy Streets Approach, as set out in Healthy Streets for London, in policy and practice. In 2014 TfL became the first transport authority in the world to publish a Health Action Plan which Lucy wrote and lead its 3-year implementation.

Lucy has worked as a Public Health Specialist across a wide range of organisations from local to international level including NHS, government, academic, private and voluntary sector. She advises the World Health Organization and the UK Government Departments for Transport and Health, Public Health England and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). She gained Fellowship of the UK Faculty of Public Health in 2012 on completion of the UK specialist medical training programme in Public Health. She has masters degrees in geography and public health.

This seminar took place on 8 August 2018 at the Adam Auditorium, City Gallery, 101 Wakefield St, Wellington.

For more information please contact libby.grant@otago.ac.nz.

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