Fenton to speak next week, promote ‘livable cities’

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Registration for event is due by 5 p.m. today

The city of Bonners Ferry is pleased to bring Mark Fenton to our community on Nov. 13 and 14 at the Kootenai River Inn to discuss public health trends and way to combat childhood obesity in our community.

Mark Fenton is a public health, planning, and transportation consultant who endeavors to help America find its way to more active and more livable cities, towns, and neighborhoods through both policy and built environments. Active community designs leads to economically, environmentally, and socially thriving cities, towns, and rural settings where people of all ages, abilities, and incomes lead long, vibrant lives.

Mark studied biomechanics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was a researcher at the Olympic Training Center’s Sports Science Laboratory in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and manager of Reebok’s Human Performance Laboratory. Mr. Fenton is an adjunct associate professor at Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and is former host of the “America’s Walking” series on PBS television. He’s author of numerous books including the best selling “Complete Guide to Walking for Health, Weight Loss, and Fitness”

He’s a vocal advocate for non-motorized transportation, a frequent consultant on bicycle and pedestrian community plans and recognized authority on public health issues and the need for community, environmental, and public-policy initiatives to encourage more walking, bicycling and transit use. He works with organizations and communities around the country to build environments, policies and programs that help create places where more people walk and bicycle.

The City is hosting this event with the support of the Blue Cross Foundation High 5 Community Transformation grant.

A community workshop with Mr. Fenton is schedule for Monday evening at the Kootenai River Inn. The workshop starts at 5:30 p.m. with a small reception and Mr. Fenton will begin speaking at 6 p.m. Light snacks and beverages will be provided.

On Nov. 14, Mr. Fenton’s program includes an interactive lecture and an outdoor exercise to navigate our own community to see how community design can lead to a healthier community! You are encouraged to attend either or both events.

Space is limited; register by submitting your request to Lisa Ailport, City Planner at lailport@bonnersferry.id.gov by no later than 5 p.m. today, Nov. 9.

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