September 6, 2017 11:47 AMCategory: Nutrition

October NFSN Farm to ECE Quarterly Webinar: Farm to Early Care and Education in Head Start – A Natural Alignment

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Head Start offers vital, high quality early care and education (ECE) opportunities to low-income families across the country. Farm to ECE offers benefits that support the goals and priorities of the early care and education community, with a particularly strong alignment with Head Start priority areas, including an emphasis on experiential learning opportunities, parent and […]

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August 22, 2017 6:55 PMCategory: Health Equity

Exploring the Convergence of Health, Place, and the Economy

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This blog post was originally published on Main Street America’s website.  Click here to view the post. August 22, 2017 | National Main Street Center | Main Street Spotlight | Photo credit: Project for Public Spaces From walkability and transportation connectivity, to access to nature and availability of fresh food, place is inextricably linked to […]

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August 14, 2017 9:59 PMCategory: Health Equity

White Paper and Sustainability Resources Webinar – CDC National Implementation & Dissemination Grant

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This webinar will highlight the successes and lessons learned from the five partner national organizations of the CDC National Implementation & Dissemination for Chronic Disease Prevention Grant by discussing the project’s summative white paper. Additionally, the second module of the online course on Sustainability and a microsite featuring the grant’s many resources will be featured […]

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August 14, 2017 2:33 PMCategory: Health Equity

Safe Routes to (More Than) Schools

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This blog was originally published on www.planning.org.  To view the post, click here. APA’s Plan4Health project includes 35 coalitions in 27 states working at the intersection of planning and public health. From the development of Indianapolis’ first pedestrian planto the launch of a healthy corner store program in Fort Worth, planners have engaged in strategies to increase access to […]

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August 7, 2017 1:18 PMCategory: Nutrition

Celebrate National Farmers’ Market Week: August 6–12, 2017

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August 6–12, 2017, is National Farmers’ Market Week (NFMW).  NFMW is an annual celebration sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that highlights the important role farmers’ markets play in the nation’s food system. This national health observance is led by the National Farmers’ Market Coalition.  The coalition strives to demonstrate the benefit of […]

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August 5, 2017 11:52 AMCategory: Health Equity

Planners4Health: A new approach to advancing practice at the intersection of planning and public health

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APA’s widely successful Plan4Health program will continue to promote planning for healthy communities and chronic disease prevention in 2017 with Planners4Health.  Planners4Health offers a new approach to advancing practice at the intersection of public health and planning. Participating APA chapters will create cross disciplinary task forces to further develop policies, partnerships, and place-based programs connecting […]

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July 31, 2017 5:32 PMCategory: Health Equity

Plan4Health connects people to nutrition, recreation in rural Oregon

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Good public health comes about through good planning, a lesson community members in Umatilla County, Oregon, have taken to heart with an initiative that combines both outlooks.

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July 13, 2017 9:13 PMCategory: Health Equity

Planners4Health Session Six: Sustaining Momentum

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The sixth and final session in the Planners4Health Curriculum series focuses on sustaining the healthy communities movement. Participants will learn about strategies for sustainability, including disseminating lessons learned and spreading best practices. There will be a continued focus on equity. Participants will learn about Plan4Health and partner resources, tools, and success stories.

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July 13, 2017 2:16 AMCategory: Health Equity

Making Americans Healthy in Every Hometown

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Do your neighborhood, housing, transportation options, and other social factors make a difference when it comes to your health? Yes, they very well can.

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July 12, 2017 10:20 AMCategory: Physical Activity

Baltimore Greenway Trails Coalition – an Equitable Healthy Baltimore Connected by Trails

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This post was originally developed for inclusion in the Maryland APA Chapter newsletter. By: Jim Brown, Manager of Trail Development, Rails to Trails Conservancy, ASLA, Associate In late 2015 the Baltimore Greenway Trails Coalition, a group of planners and trail advocates working on active transportation were awarded a Plan4Health grant to promote and plan the concept […]

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June 26, 2017 3:40 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Celebrate Parks and Recreation Month: Get Your Play On

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National Park and Recreation Month is a time to promote the benefits of healthy, vibrant communities.  It is a time to recognize the importance of parks and recreation in establishing and maintaining quality of life and in contributing to the physical, economic, and environmental well-being of communities. Celebrate Parks and Recreation Month with the National […]

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June 19, 2017 8:22 PMCategory: Health Equity

Planners4Health Session Five: Communications: Framing, Messaging, and Marketing

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The fifth session in the Planners4Health Curriculum series focuses on communications. Participants will learn about how to articulate value propositions and return on investment, as well as methods for deploying social media and other marketing tools to connect with the community. Through all communication mechanisms, it is important to tailor messages to specific audiences. The […]

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June 19, 2017 7:07 PMCategory: Physical Activity

‘Something has to be done’: Pop-up traffic calming held along Cherry Street

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Jeremy Snow said he was doing an inventory of all the traffic cones, tires, plants and other objects lining East Cherry Street Friday night when a large green truck swerved within a couple of feet of him and mowed down a line of cones. The cones were part of a pop-up traffic calming project, but […]

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June 14, 2017 1:17 PMCategory: Health Equity

Active Living Wayfinding: Increasing Community Health in Montana

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This post was originally published on the Lewis and Clark County, Montana website.  The Healthy Communities Coalition, coordinated by Lewis and Clark Public Health, applied for and received a Plan4Health grant in 2014. The purpose of the grant is to develop an “Active Living Wayfinding System” for parks and along urban trails in the Helena area to increase participation in […]

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May 17, 2017 6:00 PMCategory: Health Equity

Leveraging Partnerships to Promote Healthy Communities

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This was originally posted here on APA’s blog. One of the first sessions at APA’s 2017 National Planing Conference, A Call to Action for Healthy Communities, brought APA’s commitment to partnerships to life. Featuring representatives from APA’s Planning and Community Health Center, the American Institute of Architects, the American Public Health Association, the American Society […]

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April 16, 2017 3:58 PMCategory: Health Equity

Planners4Health Session Three: Applying an Equity Lens

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The third webinar in the Planners4Health Curriculum series takes a deep dive into equity, a theme that flows through the entire webinar series. Participants will learn about the differences between equality and equity and the role equity plays in building healthy communities. Applying an equity lens to all aspects of a project is key, with […]

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April 16, 2017 3:22 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Advocates push for 35-mile trail loop in Baltimore

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In 1904, the renowned landscape architects of the Olmsted family — who helped design New York’s Central Park — drew up plans to connect Baltimore’s signature parks and help city residents access thousands of acres of nature. A century later, those plans might finally become reality.

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April 5, 2017 1:18 PMCategory: Nutrition

Low-income areas gain healthy food options

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The Institute of Urban Studies and Healthy Tarrant County Collaboration concluded a yearlong report over Plan4Health Tarrant County project — a project that aims to increase healthy food accessibility in food desert areas. Food desert areas are parts of the country that lack fresh fruits and vegetables, which are critical to healthy, holistic diets. These […]

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March 30, 2017 8:46 PMCategory: Physical Activity

What do you want to see on East Exchange Street? Akronites play games to envision changes

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AKRON, Ohio – On a transformed East Exchange Street, what would you like to see? More crosswalks? Green space and median strips? Bike lanes? Akronites used interactive games to give their opinions for East Exchange Street, between Arc and Fountain streets, when it undergoes a transformation in 2019.

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March 21, 2017 8:26 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Coalition seeks to create Baltimore trail network

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One coalition in the city hopes to make one big backyard for Baltimore.  No one pays Grace Thornton, Wilbur Hicks and their crew to pick up trash after their daily six-mile walk. They said that they do it for their community.  

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March 20, 2017 11:53 AMCategory: Health Equity

Greater Good Studio to Launch Social Labs Project to Build Healthier Communities for Children

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Check out Greater Good Studio’s recent press release to learn more about the launch of Raising Places: Greater Good Studio (GGS), a human-centered design firm focused on social impact, announced the launch of Raising Places, a new project supported by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The project uses a labs-based approach to […]

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March 13, 2017 6:59 PMCategory: Health Equity

Planners4Health Webinar: What We Measure Matters — Metrics, Data, Sources, and Methodologies

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The second webinar in the Planners4Health Curriculum series focuses on the importance of measurement in building healthy communities. Participants will learn about different data sources traditionally used in the public health and planning fields while discussing the challenges of working with data and the opportunities it can afford. An important component of this session is […]

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February 10, 2017 7:55 PMCategory: Health Equity

Planners4Health Session One: Assessing the Healthy Communities Landscape

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The first webinar in the Planners4Health Curriculum series focuses on the healthy communities movement and builds the context for this work. Participants will learn about approaches to evaluating the political, social, and economic landscape of the healthy communities movement while discussing options for pushing forward a healthy communities agenda in a variety of settings. There […]

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February 8, 2017 5:11 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Speed humps being installed on some St. Louis streets

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Speed humps are being installed in one north St. Louis ward to slow down drivers. The installation is taking place after Ward 27 Alderman Chris Carter identified 11 spots in his ward where speeding is a problem. After a speed study was completed in 2016, the St. Louis Street Department decided to go forward with […]

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January 25, 2017 4:16 PMCategory: Health Equity

Building Local Capacity to Connect Planning and Public Health

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The American Planning Association (APA) is providing $1.5 million in funding to 28 of its chapters through the Planners4Health initiative to continue to create stronger, healthier communities. The initiative will focus on greater coordination between planners and public health professionals at the state level.

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January 17, 2017 3:44 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Larry Mitchell and Joani Dotson: We can make Tulsa safer and healthier with a well planned bicycle and pedestrian program

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Mayor G.T. Bynum wants Tulsa to become a world-class city. One part of being a world-class city is having a friendly and safe environment for people who ride bicycles and walk.

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January 9, 2017 2:49 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Turning Data into Action

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What do we mean when we say the walking movement? After 12 months of studying a selection of indicators to measure the movement, America Walks is excited to be able to release information on the growth of the walking movement and how data measuring its progress can be used to spur future action. Register here!

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January 9, 2017 2:48 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Creating Vibrant Communitites with the Community in Mind: Development and Gentrification

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Displacement and concerns of gentrification are at the center of many debates about placemaking and development. How do we serve as responsible stewards of communities while also promoting positive change? Learn some of the successful techniques and skills recommended to address these challenges. Register here!

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January 9, 2017 2:47 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Friends and Allies of the Walking Movement

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Champions of the walking movement come from different backgrounds, sectors and viewpoints. Learn how by working together, we are stronger than ever. Register here!  

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January 4, 2017 3:12 PMCategory: Health Equity

Call for Applications: Culture of Health Leaders

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Culture of Health Leaders is a leadership development opportunity for people working in every field and profession who want to use their influence to advance health and equity.  Applications are open now through February 15, 2017.  Please visit the Culture of Health Leaders website to learn more and to complete an application.

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January 4, 2017 1:47 PMCategory: Health Equity

Plan4Health: Delaware Coalition for Healthy Eating and Active Living

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The Delaware Coalition for Healthy Eating and Active Living is working to include health and equity elements when updating comprehensive plans within the state. This podcast features an interview with David Edgel, AICP, Project Lead for Plan4Health for the Delaware Chapter of the American Planning Association, and Tim Gibbs, Executive Director Delaware Academy of Medicine […]

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December 20, 2016 7:46 PMCategory: Health Equity

Delaware Journal of Public Health – December 2016

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The December 2016 issue of the Delaware Journal of Public Health includes a special feature: When Planning Meets Health: Delaware’s Plan4Health Grant Fosters a Healthy Delaware (page 20).

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December 1, 2016 3:01 PMCategory: Nutrition

Dunbar High artists paint community mural to promote healthy living

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Sixteen-year-old Jose Jimenez is painting with an ulterior motive: He wants people who walk or drive by Ramey Market to enjoy his artwork and then — wait for it— crave a carrot.

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December 1, 2016 2:53 PMCategory: Nutrition

Art Students Creating Mural in Fort Worth Neighborhood

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A school service project is bringing new life to a historic Fort Worth neighborhood on Wednesday. Students from Dunbar High School are leaving their legacy with a painted mural, adding some bright color to the area with each stroke

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December 1, 2016 2:49 PMCategory: Nutrition

Webster Students Install Edible Food Forest at Challenger 7 Park

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Webster High school students and other volunteers spent Saturday installing an edible food forest at Challenger 7 Park.  The Tulsa health department says this project is going to help the community have access to more nutritious food.

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November 21, 2016 10:23 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Plan4Health: Active Transportation Community of Interest – Pierce County, Washington

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Liz Kastor, The Active Transportation Community of Interest (AT COI) manager, discusses how the organization, through the Plan4Health coalition, seeks to increase access to safe, healthy, and affordable active transportation options for people living in the Puyallup Watershed in Pierce County, Washington.

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November 21, 2016 10:05 PMCategory: Health Equity

Urban Planning: How a City Gets Healthy

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A year ago Kelly Dearman was fed up with her commute. Every day the married mother of two would make the nearly three-mile drive from her home in San Francisco’s Cole Valley neighborhood to her office in the city’s South of Market district.  More…

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October 27, 2016 1:42 PMCategory: Nutrition

Healthy Corner Stores in Kenton County, KY

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The Kenton County Plan4Health Coalition (KCP4H) is strengthening the local food system—and increasing access to healthy food—in northern Kentucky.  The coalition integrates planning and public health to support healthy, vibrant communities for the more than 163,000 residents living just south of Cincinnati. Building on the success of the Eat Healthy NKY campaign and food summit, the KCP4H coalition is […]

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September 21, 2016 10:10 PMCategory: Physical Activity

UA collaborates to Bring Bikes to Ajo

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The UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health and the Department of Mexican American Studies are working with community partners to create a bicycle program in Ajo, Arizona.    

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July 21, 2016 2:24 PMCategory: Nutrition

Farmers’ Markets in Rural Communities

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This entry is from Jed Hinkley, Healthy Foods Coordinator, Partnerships to Improve Community Health, Albemarle Regional Health Services Starting and running a farmers market in rural, northeastern North Carolina is very different than starting and running a farmers market in the urban areas of the state such as the Triangle (Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill) or other urban centers […]

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July 14, 2016 6:46 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Wayfinding in Greater Helena, Montana

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The Greater Helena area hosts an extensive biking and hiking trail system as well as the beautiful vistas and breathtaking views that make those tough climbs worth the effort. Not all residents, however, are able to access trails—and not all residents think of using the trail system when it comes to daily commuting or errand running.  According […]

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July 7, 2016 1:01 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Mapping Play in Tulsa

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Pathways to Health is a cross-sector coalition in Tulsa County, Oklahoma—and a member of Plan4Health Cohort Two.  An established leader of healthy communities work, Pathways to Health shares the vision of Plan4Health: improving health and wellness by making the healthy choice the easy choice. “Plan4Health is a catalyst for Pathways to Health. It is the […]

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June 23, 2016 3:01 PMCategory: Nutrition

A Healthy Corner Store Update from Kenton County

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The Kenton County Plan4Health Coalition (KCP4H) is tackling food systems—and access to healthy food—in northern Kentucky.  The coalition integrates planning and public health to support healthy, vibrant communities for the 40,000 residents living just south of Cincinnati. Building on the momentum of early Plan4Health activities and the recent success of the Eat Healthy NKY campaign, […]

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December 17, 2015 2:51 PMCategory: Nutrition

Partnering4Health: National WIC’s Healthy Menus

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In September 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched a multi-year initiative to prevent and control chronic disease at the community level.  Named the National Implementation and Dissemination for Chronic Disease Prevention — or Partnering4Health — five organizations are working with selected chapters and affiliates to strengthen health in their communities. A member of […]

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December 15, 2015 5:32 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Partnering4Health: Brain Boosts with the American Heart Association

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In September 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched a multi-year initiative to prevent and control chronic disease at the community level. Named the National Implementation and Dissemination for Chronic Disease Prevention — or Partnering4Health — five organizations are working with selected chapters and affiliates to strengthen health in their communities. A member of […]

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December 14, 2015 4:36 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

Aging Well in Kingston, New York

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The Plan4Health project in Kingston, New York, is working to create a healthier environment for all through Live Well Kingston (LWK), a city-endorsed coalition of organizations, businesses, and individuals. LWK is more than a coalition working for the community. LWK is the community, striving to increase opportunities for healthy eating and active living through focus […]

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December 1, 2015 9:06 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Explore the Transportation and Health Tool

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The American Public Health Association, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, recently released the Transportation and Health Tool. The intersection of transportation and health is an essential component of Plan4Health, with coalitions tackling many of the strategies recommended by the tool. From the Complete Streets work […]

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November 25, 2015 5:00 AMCategory: Nutrition

Planning and Public Health: Partnerships in Boise

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Boise State University Professor Mark Siemon attended APA’s Policy and Advocacy Conference in late September, spreading the work of Idaho Plan4Health to APA members from across the country. The Idaho Plan4Health leadership team includes representatives from the Idaho Chapter of the American Planning Association, the Idaho Public Health Association, and the City of Boise. The coalition’s partnerships […]

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November 24, 2015 5:00 AMCategory: Physical Activity

10 Towns, One Coalition: Planning in Rural Communities

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Founded in 2010, the Eastern Highlands (Connecticut) Health District Community Health Action Response Team’s (CHART) mission is to create healthy communities through policy, systems, environmental changes and health promotion programming; making healthy living easy. The 10-town territory covered by the CHART coalition has many beautiful features, including parks, trails, and expansive natural areas. The 80,000 residents of these […]

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November 23, 2015 10:27 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Making Streets Safer in St. Louis

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The Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Partnership – Active Living Workgroup in St. Louis is using the Plan4Health funding to increase opportunities for physical activity by making city streets safer. As the coalition noted in its October press release: The City of St. Louis continues to be designated as a Pedestrian Focus City by the […]

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November 12, 2015 10:07 PMCategory: Nutrition

Healthy Corner Stores

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The Kenton County Plan4Health Coalition (KCP4H) is tackling food systems — and access to healthy food — in northern Kentucky. The coalition is integrating planning and public health to support healthy, vibrant communities for the 40,000 residents living just south of Cincinnati. Recently, Kenton County was able to address public health through official planning efforts. […]

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November 6, 2015 2:13 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

Plan4Health at APHA 2015

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The American Public Health Association (APHA) conference was a non-stop gathering of passionate public health professionals — and quite a few planners presenting, listening, sharing, and walking the cross-sector partnership talk. Check out Plan4Health highlights from APHA 2015 below! Cross Sectoral Approaches to Creating Healthy Places APA Board Member Kara Drane gave a shout-out to […]

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November 3, 2015 5:54 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

APHA 2015: Health in All Policies

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The 2015 theme for the American Public Health Association’s conference is Health in All Policies (HiAP), reminding us that we are all responsible for creating healthy, vibrant communities: “The environments in which people live, work, learn and play have a tremendous impact on their health. Responsibility for the social determinants of health falls to many […]

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October 30, 2015 4:47 PMCategory: Nutrition

Farmers’ Markets and Food Hubs: Healthy Food in Kane County

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The Kane County Planning Cooperative (KCPC) is a member of the first Plan4Health cohort, leading efforts to integrated planning and public health just outside Chicago’s city limits. An established coalition, the KCPC is an integrated initiative between the county’s health, transportation, and development planning staff.  During the Plan4Health project period, KCPC will continue to expand partnerships […]

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October 22, 2015 6:37 PMCategory: Nutrition

What Does Policy Change Look Like?

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We know that policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) work will create comprehensive, holistic change in our communities. But, sometimes it’s difficult to see the impact of PSEs right away. The Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CLF) launched an annual food policy photo contest to show us what great PSE work looks like.  The CLF’s […]

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October 20, 2015 4:14 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Tactical Urbanism or What To Do with Spare Tires

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Tactical urbanism is an exciting way to engage community members and demonstrate alternatives to existing public spaces. As APA’s Senior Research Associate David Morley, AICP, notes in his recently published PAS QuickNotes on tactical urbanism: “In a time when many local governments are expected to ‘do more with less,’ it makes sense to explore low-cost temporary interventions before […]

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October 8, 2015 9:18 PMCategory: Physical Activity

What Can Your Street Do for You?

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This entry is re-posted from the APA Sustaining Places Blog. To read more from APA, click here. By Lindsay Maurer Braun Doctoral Student Department of City and Regional Planning University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill Making the case for active transportation projects isn’t always easy in a world built for four wheels. Against the backdrop […]

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October 6, 2015 8:33 PMCategory: Nutrition

Defining Food Deserts

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The American Planning Association Food Systems Planning Interest Group (FIG) is a coalition of planners and allied professionals who have come together to advance food systems planning at the local, regional, state, or national level. FIG provides networking opportunities for professionals engaged in food systems planning; professional development and mentoring opportunities for new and seasoned planners wishing to […]

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October 1, 2015 5:37 PMCategory: Nutrition

Fighting Food Injustice

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The South Madison Farmers’ Market is a member of the Plan4Health initiative in Dane County, Wisconsin. This is a repost of Dadit Hidayat’s June 30 blog entry titled “South Madison urban farmer fights food injustice with Ex-Cons.” By Dadit Hidayat Just like his farming journey, Robert Pierce, Manager of the South Madison Farmers’ Market (SMFM), has struggled to […]

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September 24, 2015 6:46 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

Planning and Community Health: Making the Case for Healthy Communities

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This entry is re-posted from the APA Sustaining Places Blog. To read more from APA, click here. Where we live greatly influences our quality of life and our health. We know that planners have the opportunity to impact walkability, access to services, transportation options — and more — to create vibrant, healthy communities. But how do […]

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September 22, 2015 3:51 PMCategory: Nutrition

Idaho Plan4Health: Connecting Communities, Creating Change in Vista

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Check out this update from the Idaho Plan4Health leadership team! Boise’s Vista neighborhood is home to about 10,000 people and 4,000 households. It is a small geographic area, but is home to many vulnerable families, including seniors, children living at or below the poverty level, and New Americans (refugees and recent immigrants). Boise’s Idaho Plan4Health Coalition […]

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September 17, 2015 1:45 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

6 Tools for Building Healthier Communities

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Plan4Health is all about building healthier communities. Eighteen Plan4Health coalitions are currently working with residents to expand community gardens, bring health elements to citywide plans, make walking to school safe — and more! While Plan4Health coalitions might make it look easy, we know that impacting health across neighborhoods, cities, counties, and even entire regions can feel a […]

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September 2, 2015 7:24 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Building a Healthy Community with B-Well Bensenville

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Plan4Health’s initiative in Bensenville, Illinois is committed to increasing physical activity opportunities for residents — making this village just outside of Chicago a destination for walkers and bicyclists! Launched in May 2014, the B-Well Bensenville coalition works to connect residents to healthy activities and to integrate planning and public health strategies. During the initial months of […]

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August 25, 2015 4:07 PMCategory: Nutrition

Grantee Spotlight: Healthy Savannah

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The Plan4Health program kicked off its site visit season by spending time with the Healthy Savannah coalition in Savannah, Georgia.  Founded in 2007, Healthy Savannah “is dedicated to making Savannah a healthier place to live.” With more than 100 organizations involved in the coalition, it’s easy to see why Healthy Savannah is a local leader and the […]

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July 17, 2015 8:13 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

Support for Community Health Programs — Call to Action!

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We know that where we live impacts all aspects of our health.  As planners and public health professionals, we want to engage our communities to make changes that will lead to healthier places—and we want to continue to support programs like Plan4Health! Congress is facing many competing budget requests and we are working to share […]

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