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Healthier Community Conference Starts Tuesday

Contact: Doug Vance, KS Rec. and Park Assoc. | (785) 235-6533, ext. 21 |

The City of Wichita is one of the sponsors of the Built Environment and the Outdoors Summit. The Summit will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday at the Marriott Hotel, 9100 Corporate Hills Drive. The purpose of the conference is to make communities healthier through better community design.

Organizers say the health of a community is affected by accessibility to bike and walking paths, access to healthy foods and a strong commitment to public safety. The summit targets community health and trail system advocates, city and state government leaders, planners, and anyone interested in healthy lifestyles.

“Community design is a vital component of public health,” said Doug Vance, executive director of the Kansas Recreation and Park Association. “We hope summit participants will leave the conference energized and armed with new knowledge about how to take action to change environmental policy at the state and local level and to promote physical activity for a healthier Kansas.”

The keynote speakers are Fran Mainella and Dan Burden. Mainella is a visiting scholar at Clemson University, co-chair of the U.S. Play Coalition and the former director of the National Park Service. Burden is co-founder and executive director of the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute in Port Townsend, Wash.

Registration is available for one day ($45) or both days ($80). Registration information and a complete schedule are available at or by contacting the Kansas Recreation and Park Association office at (785) 235-6533. Participants may also register at the conference from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.

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