December 3, 2015 2:43 PMCategory: Nutrition

The Role of Public Markets in Community Building

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This entry is reposted from the APA Sustaining Places blog. To read more from APA, click here. Since 2007, the American Planning Association has designated 245 Great Places in America. As a part of the Great Places program, APA has often recognized public markets, old and new, for adding vibrancy, character, and functionality to communities across […]

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August 28, 2015 5:46 PMCategory: Physical Activity

The Bike-Share Boom

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In just a few years, bike-share programs have popped up in cities across the world. It is estimated that by 2017, a majority of the world’s population will live in cities, so bike-shares are becoming more relevant to more people each and every day. Densely populated cities have catalyzed the recent bike-share boom and have […]

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August 20, 2015 4:49 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Safe Routes to School Program

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This August, the Safe Routes to School program turned 10 years old! The Safe Routes program was established as a part of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) and has worked to create safer, more active routes to school. The Safe Routes program has raised awareness about the need […]

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August 18, 2015 7:33 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

Upcoming Conferences: APHA, NACTO, and ALR

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Each year the American Public Health Association (APHA), National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), and Active Living Research (ALR) host annual conferences and expositions. And, don’t forget to propose a session, workshop, or discussion for APA’s 2016 National Planning Conference in Phoenix! Submissions are due by August 20. These conferences provide a platform for these organizations to […]

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July 20, 2015 7:25 PMCategory: Nutrition

Combating Food Deserts: Creating Healthier Communities through Planning

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It is estimated that 30-40 percent  of food grown, processed, and transported in the U.S. this year will be wasted.  Still, Feeding America estimates that 49 million Americans are considered food insecure and nearly 23.5 million live in food deserts. The USDA defines food deserts as urban neighborhoods and rural towns without ready access to […]

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July 7, 2015 10:32 AMCategory: Physical Activity

10 Ways to Create a More Active City

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The verdict is in: Cities designed to encourage active lifestyles can really pay off in terms of overall health and well-being. What are cities doing to help people live more healthy lives? Recently, Designed to Move released their Active Cities Report, a guide for city leaders. They found that cities that are designed to encourage […]

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