Tag Archives: health promotion

Urban design & public health

Creating an optimal living climate is one of the Four Goals formulated by Gerard O’Neil. This means that urban planners should take public health into account.

We found an important study at ScienceDaily:

Adults in lower walkability neighborhoods found to have a higher predicted cardiovascular risk

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Choline – again

Earlier we discussed the importance of choline in raising the level of general intelligence among the public. Now a study conducted by researchers from Arizona State University, reported by ScienceDaily, has found:

that a lifelong dietary regimen of choline holds the potential to prevent Alzheimer’s disease (AD). (source: Science Daily)

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia and puts a high cost on both individual, their friends and family as well society at large. If choline can play a role in a wider strategy to combat dementia, we have little reason not to do so.

Environment and public health

We have previously discussed the role of lead on neural development and also we have addressed the issue of particulate matter in regard of public health. Consequently we have proposed that as a measure of preventive healthcare, these substances should be eliminated from the environment within space settlements. Continue reading Environment and public health

Public green

A Danish study indicated that children who were raised in a green environment have a 55 percent lower risk of developing mental disorders. For the designers of future space settlements this means that they need to ensure that there will be a substantial amount of public green.

For larger free space habitats such as O’Neill cylinders an interesting example is the Wonderwoods project in the Dutch city of Utrecht. This design by Italian architect Stefano Boeri Architetti combines high-rise buildings with forests, a concept he calls vertical forests.