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Mark Fenton Visits Medford

fentonOver fifty people gathered at the Jackson County Community Justice Office in Medford on Friday, December 11th to hear from national walkability expert Mark Fenton and discuss ways we can work towards “Sticky Design for Community Health” in our region. Fenton’s presentation focused on healthy community design that encourages residents to build activity into their daily routine, the critical elements for success being:
1. Destinations- a variety of places to go that are within walking, biking and transit distance
2. Network- a connected network of sidewalks, trails, bike facilities and transit access
3. Functional and inviting designs that encourage active transportation
4. Safe and accessible system for all ages, abilities and incomes

After Mark’s presentation a panel of local practitioners and leaders discussed our local successes and challenges, and then participants broke into small groups and identified an issue, then a corresponding program, project and policy to address the issue. Some great discussion and ideas ensued, and everyone left the room feeling energized and empowered to work towards a healthier Rogue Valley!

Many thanks to DLCD, the Oregon Health Authority, Jackson County, Jackson Care Connect, AllCare, our local panelists and everyone who had a hand in making this happen.

Here is Mark’s presentation in PDF format.
15.12.11.Medford.OR

Some of the resources Mark Fenton mentioned include:
Free Range Kids
Active Living Research
The Surgeon General’s Call to Action
EPA Report on Smart Growth & Economic Success
Protected Bike Lanes Mean Business