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Do Urban River Parkways Impact Public Health?

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Legislation introduced in the California state Assembly would create the Lower American River Conservancy. The intent of the bill is to make additional funding available to improve and preserve the American River Parkway in Sacramento County.

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

A new study by Dr. Richard Jackson of the Environmental Health Sciences Department at UCLA is coming out today. It illustrates the link between an urban river parkway and public health. Sacramento serves as one of several communities studied throughout California that indicate that public investments such as a river parkway positively impact epidemic rates of diseases like diabetes and obesity, even improve mental health.  Mayor Kevin Johnson, along with pediatrician Dr. Victoria Akins, will join Dr. Jackson for a conference today about the report at Discovery Park along the American River Parkway. We'll talk with Dr. Akins and Dr. Jackson about the significance of the study and what it means for possible future investment in the parkways.


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