Urban Innovation

Slimmer Cities: Promising Strategies for Fighting Obesity

October 22, 2013

The CityLab summit brought together 300 global city leaders—more than 25 mayors, plus urban theorists, city planners, scholars, architects, and artists—for a series of conversations about urban ideas that are shaping the world’s metro centers. The summit featured conversations on economic development; the environment and sustainability; cultural investment; big data; and the intersection of public safety, privacy, and technology; as well as smaller breakout sessions exploring topics like redevelopment, urban infrastructure, transportation, urban expansion, and the creation of the next tech city.
Obesity is the leading public health threat in American cities and a burgeoning threat in many cities around the world. This session will feature some out-front leaders who are taking innovative (and often controversial) steps to confront this ballooning public health crisis.


Elliot Gerson, executive vice president of Policy and Public Programs, International Partners, The Aspen Institute

Confirmed Speakers:

Mayor Greg Fischer, City of Louisville

Dr. Mauricio Hernández-Avila, director, National Institute of Public Health, Mexico