By Megan McClaire

helmetIn Boston and across America, rates of obesity, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, strokes, and related cancers are skyrocketing. While Boston has made great strides to promote health and health equity under the leadership of Mayor Thomas M. Menino, our work is not done yet: More than 50 percent of adults and 33 percent of school-aged residents of Boston are either overweight or obese.

Fit City Boston is a call to action for local and national experts and stakeholders to examine how the built environment – that means roads, sidewalks, parks, bike lanes, and other urban spaces – impacts our health. On Monday, May 6, these partners will convene in Boston for a summit to discuss how we can make our city even healthier by harnessing the potential of our urban environment. Media interested in attending should RSVP to 617-534-2606.

Follow us on Twitter @HealthyBoston #FitCityBoston all this week for cool facts and stats about Boston’s built environment.

Megan is the associate director of BPHC’s Chronic Disease Division.