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New Webinar: Friends and Allies in the Walking Movement (October 11, 2017)

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Webinar Title: Friends and Allies in the Walking Movement

Webinar Date/Time: Wednesday, October 11, 2017

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About the Webinar

Champions of the walking movement come from different backgrounds, sectors and viewpoints. By working together, we can create communities that safe, accessible, and enjoyable places to walk and be physically active. Hear from successful examples of policies, programs, and practices that have demonstrated the power of working together and strengthening the walking movement. This webinar is for walking advocates of all backgrounds and knowledge levels.

About the Presenters

Kim Irwin is the Executive Director of Health by Design, which convenes the Indiana Citizens’ Alliance for Transit (ICAT), the Indiana Complete Streets Coalition, the Indiana Safe Routes to School Partnership and Indiana Walks. Through these coalitions, more than 300 organizational partners are working to ensure that communities throughout Indiana have neighborhoods, public spaces and transportation infrastructure that promote physical activity and healthy living. Ms. Irwin provides staff leadership, strategic direction, and programmatic and administrative coordination for these initiatives. Kim has a Master of Public Health from the Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Public Health and an undergraduate degree from Northwestern University.  Her prior work experience includes health promotion activities and program and administrative management for the American Lung Association, the IU School of Medicine and in senior services. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Indiana Transportation Association, the City of Indianapolis Greenways Development Committee and the Steering Committees of the Indiana Healthy Weight Initiative and the Central Indiana Top Ten Coalition. She was an America Walks Walking College Mentor for the first two courses and is on the board of the League of Women Voters Indianapolis.

Kirin Kumar is the Executive Director of WALKSacramento, a community-based regional non-profit that seeks to improve health, safety, and sustainability through innovative approaches to community design. WALKSacramento houses the cross-sector health and built environment team, Design 4 Active Sacramento. He has been instrumental in using smart land-use and transportation planning to assist decision makers in establishing more walkable communities that utilize active transportation to improve environmental and human health. Kirin’s work at the UC Davis MIND Institute, researching environmental factors that may be related to autism, was instrumental in connecting the strong relationship between the built environment and health – particularly as it pertains to land uses and transportation. Kirin was the Project Lead for Sacramento’s Plan4Health project – a national program of the American Planning Association and American Public Health Association. He works at the regional scale to build and sustain collaboration between the health and urban planning sectors, plan and design communities that support more human-scale physical activity, and inform design that brings physical and mental health benefits to its residents and empower the voices of underserved communities in the planning process. Kirin has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Policy and Planning from UC Davis.

Colby Takeda is the Administrator of The Plaza at Waikiki, an assisted living community in Honolulu, Hawaii. In addition to being able to spend his days with over 150 of the cutest, funniest, and most talented seniors in Hawaii, Colby is passionate about working with youth and has merged these interests to become a champion for intergenerational activities and age-friendly communities. Colby also enjoys building multisectoral partnerships to creatively address social determinants of health and is currently leading Honolulu Walks, a microgrant recipient from the America Walks and Every Body Walk collaborative. He also serves as a board member of Kaho’omiki, the Hawaii Council of Physical Activity and Nutrition, and the Hawaii Public Health Association.

After completing his undergraduate studies at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, Colby received his M.B.A. from the University of Hawaii at Manoa Shidler College of Business and is currently a M.P.H. candidate at the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health.