September 10, 2013

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Kansas Built Environment and The Outdoors Summit

Kansas "Built Environment and The Outdoors Summit" to provide strategies to improve community health

Partners hosting event Sept 25-26 in Topeka

A diverse group of health, recreation and community advocates will join highly acclaimed keynote speakers and others to explore healthy places and healthy people at the 7th annual Kansas Built Environment and The Outdoors Summit on Sept. 25 and 26 at the Ramada Topeka Downtown Hotel and Convention Center.

Interactive sessions will focus on the design of communities with a heavy emphasis on walkability, biking and connectivity; development and promotion of trails; and access to healthy, affordable foods through policy and grassroots programs. The following four keynote presentations will highlight the one and a half day conference:

The event will also feature more than 20 break-out sessions focusing on the built environment, active living, trails and healthy eating, as well as a funders’ roundtable, walk and bike audit, and an evening social at Topeka’s Old Prairie Town.  Topics are designed to benefit a host of stakeholders including building and landscape architects, city administrators and planners, construction and project professionals, trail advocates and planners, park and recreation professionals, public works and utilities professionals, health care professionals, and community coalitions and advocates.

The summit is planned and organized by many partners, including the Kansas Department of Health and Environment; Kansas Department of Transportation, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism;  Kansas Health Institute; Kansas Recreation and Parks Association; Kansas Trails Council; Kansas Wildscape Foundation;  KC Healthy Kids; Mid America Regional Council; Shawnee County Parks and Recreation; and the Sunflower Foundation. Major conference support is provided by the Sunflower Foundation.

For more information, a full conference agenda and registration details, visit