Wellness City: Urban Health and Wellbeing co-authored by Dr. Robert P. Jones is a thorough examination of the importance of physical fitness in urban communities. Comparing the need for healthier development in pre-industrial cities to the current need for advanced development in new urban centers the book analyzes the relationship between health and economics. Combining urban planning holistic health and economics this text will provide invaluable reading for students studying urban planning health and well being. The text examines three primary areas of interest; lifestyle choices urban planning and economics and the role of urban design in urban health and wellbeing.
The book is divided into two sections. The first part of the book examines the relationship between urban design and urban health and well being. In particular it considers the effects of design on the provision of healthy food leisure and exercise. The author considers the implications of a city’s design for its residents through the lens of health and well being. Dr. Jones examines the connections between the urban design environment and healthy living and explores how urban design can promote wellness through the provision of healthy food social interaction recreational activity and exercise. The author also introduces readers to the many forms of health and wellness that exist in today’s urban settings.
In the second part of the book the author examines how economic development and healthy living are linked to one another. Part I of the book is concerned with the relationship between health and well being and the implications of designing a city around healthy living. Part II is concerned with how urban planning can create a sustainable community a community that is conducive to healthy living.