FREE Event: A Healthy Communities Movement is Growing in Philadelphia!

Natalie Malawey-Ednie, Director of Project Management and Professional Development, is a member of the FitCityPHL Planning committee. Natalie, FitCityPHL and Watchdog are looking forward to this year’s first FitCityPHL collaboration event focusing on the healthy community movement in Philadelphia.

There is a great deal of momentum around designing places where residents live, work, and play to increase health. This momentum has  generated multiple cross-sector collaborations in the area. Groups if cross-industry stakeholders all share a common goal to pull together public health professionals with the design sector to create Healthy Communities. On June 7th FitCityPHL will bring together the leadership of five stakeholder groups so you can learn how they’re working to increase public health through design. Please join us on Thursday, June 7th from 8:00am – 9:30am to hear from the multi-sector collaborations creating this energy.


Event Details:

Thursday, June 7th

8:00 am- 9:30 am

One Parkway

1515 Arch Street

18th Floor

Room 18-028

Philadelphia, PA 19102.


CLICK HERE to register for this FREE event.



Confirmed speakers include:

  • Julie Donofrio, Managing Director, PennPraxis Grays Ferry Healthy Corridor Project
  • Justin Dula, Manager, Delaware County Planning Department Healthy Communities in PA
  • Dr. Terri Lipman, Miriam Stirl Endowed Term Professor of Nutrition, Professor of Nursing of Children, Assistant Dean for Community Engagement, Interim Program Director, Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing Taking Action to Increase Physical Activity: Community Academic Partnerships Workgroup
  • Sara Ridenour, Associate Principal, Ballinger
  • Amanda Wagner, Nutrition and Physical Activity Program Manager, Get Healthy Philly, Division of Chronic Disease Prevention, Philadelphia Department of Public Health American Institute of Architects, Philadelphia Chapter, Active Design Taskforce
  • Amy Verbosky, Senior Planner, Delaware Valley Planning Commission Delaware Valley Planning Commission’s Healthy Communities Task Force


About FitCityPHL

FitCityPHL explores design strategies in workplaces, neighborhoods, and cities that improve health by promoting physical activity and healthy eating. It brings together individuals representing the sectors of architecture, planning, design, landscape architecture, development, public health, research and evaluation, academia, philanthropy, and government to learn about how the built environment can have a positive impact on the negative health trends currently facing communities – particularly obesity and other chronic conditions.

FitCityPHL is organized by a Planning Committee with representatives from Health Promotion Council, AARP, PA Inc., American Institute of Architects Philadelphia, Ballinger, Center for Architecture + Design, Community Design Collaborative, Delaware County Planning Commission, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, Drexel University, ERDY McHenry, Jefferson School of Architecture and Design, Kieran Timberlake, Montgomery County Planning Commission, NELSON, PennPraxis, Pennsylvania Chapter American Academy Pediatrics, Pennsylvania Department of Health, Philadelphia City Planning Commission, Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation, Philadelphia Department of Public Health, Philadelphia Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), Philadelphia Parks Alliance, United States Department of Health and Human Services, Valerie Piper, Watchdog Real Estate Project Management, and WRT Design.

Katie Craven
Katie Craven is Marketing, Communication and Brand Manager at Watchdog Real Estate Project Managers, a real-estate consulting firm that provides owner’s representation and project management services. More about Watchdog Real Estate Project Managers as well as additional blog posts can be found here.
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