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Community Design Guru to Discuss 'Walkability' March 6

Community design guru Mark Fenton, host of PBS’ America’s Walking, helps cities build walking, biking, and transit into everyday life.

Fenton will be in Springfield March 6. He will lead a mobile summit through Springfield.

Missouri State University will host a free, public luncheon with Fenton at noon in the Plaster Student Union. The luncheon is co-sponsored by the City of Springfield, the Healthy Living Alliance (HLA) and Missouri State University’s Office of Citizenship and Service-Learning: For the Greater Good Series. For more information or to RSVP for the luncheon contact Kathy Nordyke, director of citizenship and service-learning, at (417) 836-6060 or

Fenton is an adjunct associate professor at Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, and the former host of the “America’s Walking” series on PBS television. He is the author of numerous books including the best-selling “Complete Guide to Walking for Health, Weight Loss, and Fitness” (Lyones Press, 2nd edition, 2008).  Fenton served as a developer of the University of North Carolina’s Safe Routes to School clearinghouse and facilitator for the Walkable Community Workshop series of the National Center for Bicycling and Walking.  He now provides technical training and community planning as an independent consultant.

The Walkable Springfield Project is a collaborative partnership between the Healthy Living Alliance (HLA), the City of Springfield, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, Missouri State University, Springfield Public Schools, and the League of Women Voters.

In the fall of 2013, over 400 service-learning students engaged in the assessment and evaluation of hundreds of streets in some 12 Springfield neighborhoods. Their findings will lay the foundation for and promote on-going dialogue with city officials and the community at large as to how best improve the streets and neighborhoods of the Springfield community.