Millersville University will host the third annual summit of the Coalition for Smart Growth on Wednesday and Thursday.
The program, "Walkable Communities: Growing Stronger, Growing Smarter," is a series of three events focusing on the need to build walkable communities that encourage health and fitness.
The series will feature Mark Fenton, host of the PBS television series "America's Walking." Fenton also is an author and contributing editor for Health magazine.
Fenton's appearance is sponsored by Lancaster General Hospital as part of its Healthy Weight Management initiative.
On Wednesday, the first half of the day will feature a free community conference which includes two walking workshops geared to identifying ways Lancaster's communities can be designed or altered to promote safe walking.
The second half of the day will feature a free community forum that will focus on walkable communities and safe routes to school and provide success stories from around the country. The forum will give advice on how Lancaster communities can create permanent improvements in the health, happiness and safety of children.
On Thursday, a free, invitation-only walkable communities leadership breakfast is scheduled from 7:15 to 9 a.m. for municipal and school district officials and leaders across the county.
The Coalition for Smart Growth consists of individuals and community organizations that support and protect Lancaster County's working farms and businesses while helping the community maintain a high quality of life.
Coalition executive director Metta Barbour spoke recently on the coalition's first opportunity to host the event at Millersville University.
"With the summit aimed toward the growth of the community, we thought it would be important to hold an event in the community," she said.
The previous two years, the Coalition hosted the event at the Safety Training Center in Manheim and the Farm & Home Center at 1383 Arcadia Road.
"We needed a place where we could walk right out of the building and be right in the middle of the community, and Mark Fenton suggested that," Barbour said.
"With Mr. Fenton here, we wanted to do a mix of events that would reach a broader audience. With this summit, we will be able to do that and allow Mr. Fenton to provide his insight."
Those interested in attending the summit may contact Barbour for more information at 509-4711.