Fit Cities and London’s Olympic Legacy

The School is a member of London Universities International Partnership, a group of London Universities that work with the Mayor of London’s office promote the London Universities International Partnership Showcase event in QatarUK’s capital city as a top destination for education, culture and tourism.

Earlier this year 14 London universities, including the School, visited UAE and Qatar as part of a special showcase exhibition. The exhibition included an installation, based on the River Thames, including interactive panels showing how London’s universities are educating the next generation of city leaders, educators, planners, creatives medical researchers and builders.

Themes included:

  • Media City, Cultural Capital
  • Smart Governance and Policy Innovation
  • The Innovation Eco System
  • Fit Cities & Sporting Legacy (as represented by the School’s panel)
  • Creating and Growing Future Leaders
  • Food for the Future: Securing the Safety of the World Food Supply
  • Product Design
  • Planning & Designing Smart Buildings
  • Entrepreneurship: Growing the Smart City.

Researchers at the School are involved in Fit Cities, an international collaboration of planners, designers, developers, and public health professionals. Fit Cities explores how building design and policy decisions can make communities healthier, helping prevent diseases such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) today showcases prototypes of the London 2012 Olympic Torch to be carried by 8,000 inspirational Torchbearers. The winning design connects the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay to each of the 8,000 Torchbearers and their community. The Torch's triangular, gold-coloured form is perforated by 8,000 circles representing the 8,000 Torchbearers and their stories of personal achievement and/or contribution to their local community which will be celebrated during the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay.Fit Cities connects key decision maker in local government, non-profits, higher education institutions and local communities. Recent initiatives include schemes to encourage stair usage in buildings, increasing urban parkland, vast new networks of cycle lanes and bicycle hire initiatives, the explosive growth of farmers’ markets, schools growing food, community allotments and more.

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is involved in a number of initiatives including projects and research targeted at tackling obesity, promoting active transport, addressing the health inequalities in high-income country urban environments. Researchers have been exploring how the regeneration associated with the London 2012 Olympics will leave a lasting legacy for health in East London, where the games were held.

We are involved with the Olympics and Regeneration in East London (ORIEL) project, an in-depth study into whether/how social factors for health and well-being among local residents have improved as a result of new facilities, job opportunities, transport infrastructure, green spaces and other London 2012 related developments. Focusing on health, well-being, physical activity, socioeconomic factors and residents’ perceptions of the impact of local changes, the findings are being compared with data collected from nearby urban areas outside the Olympic regeneration zone. The participants will form a cohort for a longitudinal study of how any socio-economic and health impacts are sustained over time.

 

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