Added by on 2016-01-17 – Healthy City: information + action was Created by Smart Bubble Society ( to them at Healthy City is an information + action resource that unites community voices, rigorous research and innovative technologies to solve the root causes of social inequity. The first of its kind in the country, our team consists of authorities in public policy, research, technology, planning and data analysis. We provide the public sector with actionable information such as data, maps, and service referrals through our easy-to-use online platform. Healthy City also partners directly with organizations to develop targeted strategies that fuel social change. Part of the re-imagination of Christchurch is conceiving of ways to build cities and comunities that are happy and healthy — physically and emotionally. Grant Schofield in one speaker who is focused on the health issues for our city. Grant is Professor of Public Health at AUT University. Grant’s research and teaching interests are in physical activity, nutrition, and health. He investigates novel and sustainable solutions to getting people moving more and making the world a happier and healthier place. He has particular experience and expertise in urban design, transport and health with involvement in several large projects in this area. In physical activity measurement and epidemiology he has expertise in both youth and adult measurement and how this measurement relates to health. In environmental design he has a range of expertise in how especially built environmental factors are related to walkability, car dependency and sustainability. In child health he is interested in how children’s independent mobility (or “free ranging”) can be promoted and what the benefits of free, unsupervised play around a neighborhood are. TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together […]

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  • joe schmo 4 years ago

    He's absolutely dead right about this. The time for risk, especially physical risk, is when you are a kid. When you're a kid, you're smaller, you weigh less, and when you fall down, you typically don't hurt yourself more than a bit of a scratch. If you do happen to break something, well, the young body is much more likely to heal back just as well, if not better than before. (and then we have the benefit of that experience that we take with us for the rest of our lives). We are doing children a real disservice by protecting them from acceptable (read normal) levels of risk.?

  • NZTapper 4 years ago

    When i walk to work I have been offered rides and asked if I'm "OK". Nice that people care I suppose!?

  • researchragain 4 years ago

    The automatic caption is so disappointing. As an international audience, I was not familiar with New Zealand accent.

  • KrunchyJD 4 years ago

    To make the change for the better you need to take dangerous drivers off the road, which is not being done. Then tax petrol more, make driving a less attractive option and encourage cycling, walking.

  • jogee1 4 years ago

    Fantastic talk!
    All so true, especially about the kids and risk.