Designing Schools for Obesity Prevention: A Collaborative Model of Architecture and Public Health (LU)
Public health researchers and school architects collaborated on a practical set of strategies for making schools more conducive to healthy eating and activity.
Creating school environments that facilitate healthy eating and physical activity among children is a recommended national strategy to prevent and reduce childhood obesity. Presenters in this course developed design guidelines for school architecture that help promote healthy lifestyles for students. These guidelines will provide you with a practical set of spatially organized and theory-based strategies for making school environments more conducive to learning. Multiple domains of the school environment are reviewed as well as design strategies for strengthening connection to the surrounding community.
- Describe the role of the built environment in the development and prevention of obesity.
- List the design elements that can contribute to healthy eating and physical activity in schools or other building types.
- Describe the scientific rationale behind at least one school design feature and childhood obesity.
- Identify opportunities to partner with public health or other sectors in your own practice to design for health.
Terry T. HuangPhD, MPH, CPH
Professor and Chair, Department of Health Promotion | University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) College of Public Health
Co-Founder and Senior Advisor | National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR)Terry Huang is Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Promotion at the University of...
Dina M. SorensenLEED AP
Project Designer | VMDO ARCHITECTSDina’s design philosophy posits the need for a new architecture to translate and express the...
Matthew TrowbridgeMD, MPH
Assistant Professor | University of Virginia School of MedicineMatthew Trowbridge is a physician, public health researcher, and assistant professor at the...