Accountable Care Community Hosts National Expert on Designing Healthy Communities

Austen BioInnovation Institute-Led Accountable Care Community Hosts National Expert on Designing Healthy Communities

Fenton is authority on land use and community design to promote healthy lifestyles that combat obesity to promote more physically active population

Expert consultation with ACC's diverse leadership of public and private partners because of the CDC Community Transformational Grant support

AKRON, Ohio / June 24, 2013 – Mark Fenton, one of the nation’s principal experts in how public health, planning, and transportation can help cities and towns create livable spaces that promote a physically active population, joined members of the Austen BioInnovation Institute-led Accountable Care Community (ACC) initiative on Wednesday, June 26.

The ACC is a national model of more than 70 public and private partners working with an “all hands on deck” approach to reduce the impact of chronic disease, improve health equity, and empower patients in Summit County. The ACC is supported by a multiyear Community Transformation Grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Fenton, former host of PBS’ “America’s Walking,” helped establish the University of North Carolina’s National Center for Safe Routes to School and has led planning design processes that promoted pedestrian, bicycle and transit synergy, and friendly design throughout the United States.

A prolific author, Fenton is an authority on how current land use and design is contributing to the nation’s mounting obesity problem and how public and private leaders and individuals can work collaboratively in planning to positively impact the epidemic.  He has played a significant role in providing insight to numerous communities on creating a healthier environment by promoting physical activity.

Fenton said, “It’s not just an obesity epidemic; it’s an epidemic of physical inactivity and poor nutrition.”

As part of the day-long session with ACC leaders, Fenton delivered an energetic presentation on strategies and tactics that can be undertaken locally to create a healthier population. The attendees then broke into several different groups based on the CDC’s two strategic directions to have a working lunch and generate ideas on how to build healthier communities.