Urban planning and public health combined on the small screen

The Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ) is proud to support the dissemination of the new series My city in X-rays, on the ether of Savoir media. INSPQ environmental health experts helped develop the content of this program, which addresses the often unrecognized impacts of our living environment on physical and mental health. It also presents concrete spatial planning solutions that promote a healthy lifestyle.

What are the links between population health and urban planning? Several studies show that the environment we live in has an impact on health that is almost as important as heredity and lifestyle.

Whether it’s the incidence of anxiety, asthma, obesity or cardiovascular disease, we find that the way cities are designed and built plays a role. This series also looks at what urban planning can do to help people with limited mobility or ADHD. Every week we meet a person struggling with a health problem and specialists identify problematic health and urban situations and see how they can be remedied.

In six 30 minute episodes, My city in X-rays airs on Mondays on Savoir media from 9 May 9:30 p.m. The series will also be available on the online platform savoir.media.

Series My city in X-rays is made possible thanks to the financial support of the Institut national de santé publique du Québec through Santé Urbanité, the Electrification and Climate Change Fund and the Government of Quebec’s Climate Change Action Plan.

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The different topics covered

  • Anxiety: Enjoying nature, also in the city (9 May)
    In recent years there has been so much talk about fear that it seems like everyone suffers from it to a greater or lesser extent. When does it become problematic? How does the design of the environment in which we live affect our mental health? Claudel Pétrin-Desrosiers, general practitioner, discusses it.

  • Cardiovascular disease: taking health to heart (May 16)
    There are several risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Some are under your control, others are not. To what extent does the environment influence these heart diseases and what can we adjust in our living environment to prevent them? CHUM interventional cardiologist François Reeves talks about this.

  • Limited mobility: the city in all its senses (May 23)
    For people with a visual impairment, traveling becomes an extra challenge. How to be mobile and autonomous and not feel isolated? Pierre-Yves Chopin, planning and mobility consultant for Vivre en ville, explores the Saint-Roch neighborhood, in Quebec, to discover the difference urban planning can make.

  • ADHD: An Environment Conducive to Concentration (May 30)
    Spaces that are conducive to concentration are essential. This is especially true for the 1.3 million people with ADHD, with or without hyperactivity. The environment plays a role, but to what extent? dr. Andréanne Dussault, general practitioner and specialist in neurological disorders, talks about it.

  • Childhood Obesity: Being Active Around You (June 6)
    In Quebec, obesity has tripled in the past 25 years, among both adults and young people. Genetics, diet and physical inactivity contribute in particular, but the environment in which one evolves can also have an impact on this disease. We find out how with Dr. Julie St-Pierre, pediatrician specialized in obesity at the Maison de Santé Prévention.

  • Asthma: Breathe Better (June 13)
    In Quebec, 10% of the population suffers from asthma. Pollution, smog, airborne particles and pollen can worsen the health of people with asthma. So how can we design our cities to mitigate this problem? Jeanne Robin, CEO of Vivre en ville, takes stock.

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