August 14, 2015 4:32 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

Talking about the Social Determinants of Health

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Where we live, learn, work and play impacts our health. As planners and public health professionals, we understand this, but sometimes it’s just plain hard to talk about. Using technical terminology while engaging with the general public or policy officials can lead to misunderstandings — or even inhibit relationship building. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation […]

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August 11, 2015 6:19 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Indianapolis Plus $500 Million Equals a More Walkable City

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Indianapolis is taking huge leaps in its efforts to increase infrastructure for walking and biking throughout the city. A recent Next City article, How $500 Million Turned Car-Centric Indianapolis Into a More Walkable City, talks about the city’s success and continuing efforts along with the recent Plan4Health grant provided to Health by Design: And this spring, Health […]

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August 7, 2015 5:50 PMCategory: Nutrition

U.S. Not Getting Daily Intake of Fruit and Veggies

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Recently, the CDC released a report that calls attention to the average number of fruits and vegetable that are eaten by people in each state. We wanted to share this post from Mother Jones, which shows a very clear chart of which states have the highest percentage of daily intake consuming fresh produce. USDA’s “… guidelines suggest that […]

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August 4, 2015 6:40 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

Healthy Happenings

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These posts are intended to share news related to public health and planning — and showcase collaborative projects happening across the nation. Many of these projects are looking at designing healthy places, which include active modes of transportation and increasing access to healthy foods. Stay tuned for more updates about the movement to build healthy, vibrant places […]

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July 23, 2015 6:00 AMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

An Emerging Planner’s Perspective on HIAs: Part Two

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The American Planning Association defines planning as: Planning, also called urban planning or city and regional planning, is a dynamic profession that works to improve the welfare of people and their communities by creating more convenient, equitable, healthful, efficient, and attractive places for present and future generations. Health Impact Assessments are one tool that can be […]

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July 20, 2015 7:38 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

An Emerging Planner’s Perspective on HIAs: Part One

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This marks my sixth week since beginning a summer internship at the American Planning Association with the Planning and Community Health (PCH) Center in Washington, D.C. Within these last five weeks I’ve been exposed to a whirlwind of information, events, conference calls, and meetings. I feel very privileged to have this opportunity to come to “work” […]

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July 15, 2015 3:18 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Plan4Health Coalition Update: St. Louis

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Trailnet of St. Louis, Missouri, has recently shared some news about bicycle and pedestrian planning.  Community meetings, walking tours, and “pop-up traffic calming” demonstrations are initial Plan4Health grant activities to create a more active St. Louis! Reposted from Trailnet’s News St. Louisans are fortunate to enjoy lush greenspace in our numerous parks, fine food offered through restaurants […]

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July 13, 2015 10:34 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Complete Streets to Promote Physical Activity

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Interested in designing “complete streets” for your community but not sure where to start? Here’s a slideshow of Dangerously Incomplete Streets that provides visual examples on how to assess your current streets and intersections. Thanks to the Eastern Highlands Health District of the Connecticut Plan4Health coalition for sharing this link! Studies are showing the importance of complete […]

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July 13, 2015 2:42 AMCategory: Nutrition

Putting Federal Policies to Work: The Role of Local and State Food Policy Councils

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Recently, the John Hopkins’ Center for a Livable Future released a webinar with a how-to guide for local/state food policy councils to engage with policy at the federal level and just why it matters. This resource has been made available by the Food Policy Networks Project. Food policy is an integral piece when considering ways […]

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July 1, 2015 4:35 AMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

Healthy Happenings

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These posts are intended to share news related to public health and planning—and showcase collaborative projects happening across the nation. Many of these projects are looking at designing healthy places, which include active modes of transportation and increasing access to healthy foods. Stay tuned for more updates about the movement to build healthy, vibrant places where we […]

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June 30, 2015 10:36 AMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

Welcome to the Plan4Health blog!

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This blog is meant to be a space to share relevant news, strategies and resources. We encourage you to comment and respond- we’d love to hear from the Plan4Health community. Since many coalitions are working towards increasing physical activity within their communities, we wanted to share a recent post from our Sustainable Places blog. This […]

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