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  • Sloth: Is Your City Making You Fat?

    Wednesday, March 13, 2013 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    The New York Academy of Sciences

    Presented by Science & the City and the Sackler Institute for Nutrition Sciences

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    Obesity in the US is a big problem. While myriad factors account for our nation's increasing waistlines—from poor nutrition to genetics—could our environment be equally to blame? A lack of walkable streets at home and an unparalleled reliance on car commutes may be keeping us overweight.

    Author Tom Vanderbilt will moderate our panel discussion with Hunter Reed, founder of FASTNYC who installs wellness programs in NYC schools; Kaid Benfield, director of the Sustainable Communities and Smart Growth program at the Natural Resources Defense Council; and Mariela Alfonzo, an urban design researcher.

    Join a panel of scientists, urban planners, and fitness experts for a talk on how designing and building better cities and towns may make us a healthier—and leaner—nation.

    Reception to follow.


    Registration Pricing

    Member $15
    Nonmember Student $20
    Nonmember $25


    This event is part of the Science and the Seven Deadly Sins Series

    In this series we're looking at some of the ways the Seven Deadly Sins show up in the sciences. To do that, we're bringing together top scientists, authors, chefs, urban planners, and many others to help us explore our base nature. Each event will feature indulgent receptions afterwards, as well as opportunities for you to interact with the speakers and one another. Join us for this vice-ridden round of events!

    Wrath Goes Viral, Oct 17, 2012
    Pride: Flying Cars and other Broken Promises, Nov 28, 2012
    Greed: Willing to Do Anything, Dec 11, 2012
    Lust and Love in the Animal Kingdom, Feb 12, 2013
    Sloth: Is Your City Making You Fat?, Mar 13, 2013
    Envy: The Cutthroat Side of Science, Apr 30, 2013
    Gluttony: Deconstructing Dinner, May 23, 2013

    Learn more about the series here.

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