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September 7, 2017 3:37 PMCategory: Health Equity, Nutrition, Physical Activity

August Health News

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Each month we’ll highlight a few news stories from around the nation related to nutrition, physical activity and chronic disease. Please see below for select stories from August: August 1 – Study sheds light on chronic fatigue syndrome August 2 – Turns out, activity trackers discourage teenagers from exercise August 8 – House Republican Cuts […]

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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 31, 2017 4:11 PMCategory: Nutrition

September is Fruits & Veggies—More Matters® Month

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Join Plan4Health to celebrate Fruits & Veggies—More Matters® Month and promote the benefits of eating plenty of fruits and veggies. Fruits & Veggies — More Matters® Month highlights the importance of healthy eating – a diet rich in a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables. Adding more fruits and veggies to your diet doesn’t have […]

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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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June 30, 2017 2:40 PMCategory: Health Equity, Nutrition

Regional Food System Tours in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky

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Last year, the Kenton County Plan4Health Coalition (KCP4H) held a food policy summit to kick off the start of the local food policy council. The Summit brought together over 20 exhibitors, with each exhibitor showcasing healthy and nutritious eating habits as well as local food production and consumption. There were several featured panel discussions about […]

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May 18, 2017 3:11 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

School Lunches Are Too Short – How Schools and Parents are Pushing Back

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Education is an area that has seen rapid changes over a short time period. The public school system has it’s origins as far back as 1635, long before the United States of America, was as we know it today. However, our education system as we know it today, is relatively young. Our education system has […]

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May 11, 2017 4:57 PMCategory: Nutrition

APHA Plan4Health Webinar Series: Nutrition

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Tuesday was the third and final Plan4Health webinar on nutrition. The webinar featured two Plan4Health grantees and their work on nutrition planning. The two feature grantees were: Idaho Plan4Health – Aaron Mondada, MA Plan4Health Tarrant County (Texas) – Melissa Oden, DHEd, LMSW-IPR, MPH, CHES   Idaho Plan4Health The Idaho Plan4Health Coalition was focused in the […]

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May 4, 2017 9:23 AMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

April Health News

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Each month we’ll highlight a few news stories from around the nation related to nutrition, physical activity and chronic disease. Please see below for select stories from April: April 2 – Legumes may lower risk of type 2 diabetes April 6 – Amount of Regular Exercise, Not BMI, Could Predict Stroke Recovery April 11 – […]

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May 1, 2017 3:22 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

May is American Stroke Month

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APA is observing American Stroke Month with our Plan4Health partner the American Heart Association. Annually, stroke causes 133,000 deaths, but 80% of all strokes are preventable. In addition, stroke is the leading cause of serious, long-term disability. People have the power to prevent stroke by controlling high blood pressure and taking steps to live a healthier […]

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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 24, 2017 11:41 AMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

Climate Change – The Impact on Life As We Know It

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Think climate change is just about the changes in the weather? Think again. Climate change is already changing the world we live in, though we can’t always see it. Climate is defined as the weather in a particular area measured over a period of time. But it isn’t just about weather. Climate change impacts the […]

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March 17, 2017 9:00 AMCategory: Nutrition

Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice

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March is National Nutrition Month and, similar to the work of Plan4Health projects in Kenton County, KY and Tarrant County, TX, many communities are seeing the value in supporting policy and environmental changes to increase access to nutritious foods. Massachusetts General Hospital piloted a program in Chelsea, Massachusetts to help small grocery stores stock fruits […]

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March 6, 2017 6:53 PMCategory: Nutrition

March is National Nutrition Month

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Plan4Health is celebrating National Nutrition Month® by promoting the many benefits of eating a healthy and balanced diet. National Nutrition Month® highlights the importance of nutritious food options in keeping communities strong and healthy. Eating healthy does not have to be expensive. There are many low-cost or no-cost alternatives – choose whole-grain bread instead of […]

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February 8, 2017 1:18 PMCategory: Health Equity, Nutrition, Physical Activity

February is American Heart Month

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Did you know that about 2,200 Americans die each day from cardiovascular diseases? That’s about one every 40 seconds. Cardiovascular diseases claim more lives than all forms of cancer combined. February is American Heart Month, and is an excellent time to educate communities that cardiovascular disease can often be prevented by making healthy choices and […]

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January 10, 2017 3:15 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

New Plan4Health Podcasts

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Delaware Coalition for Healthy Eating and Active Living: 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 Edgell, AICP, Project Lead for Plan4Health for the Delaware Chapter of the American Planning Association, and […]

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December 15, 2016 9:00 AMCategory: Health Equity, Nutrition

Tarrant County, TX Ramey Market Mural Unveiling

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On Saturday, December 10, 2016, we unveiled a beautiful new mural that has been painted on the east wall of Ramey Market, in the Stop Six neighborhood. The mural was designed and painted by the senior art students at Dunbar High School. The students developed four designs which were blended to create a mural celebrating […]

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December 13, 2016 2:28 PMCategory: Nutrition

APHA Diabetes Storify

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Approximately 10 percent of people in the U.S. have diabetes, but 1 out of 4 don’t know it. When diabetes goes undiagnosed, it can cause other serious health problems. Diabetes is a chronic disease caused when the body cannot produce or use insulin efficiently, making it harder to maintain appropriate glucose levels in the blood […]

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December 6, 2016 2:27 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

Healthy Eating & Active Living for the Holidays

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Plan4Health’s partners are observing healthy eating and active living for the holiday season. Interested in learning more? Visit this resource to find out about ways you can be involved.

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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 17, 2016 2:21 PMCategory: Nutrition

Civic Engagement in Planning Can Improve Public Health

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In Tarrant County, Texas, residents have been asked to participate in the planning process as a mechanism for engaging with their communities. Tarrant County is home to a Plan4Health project focused on increasing access to healthy food and engaging with residents is an important component of this work. Faced with neighborhoods with high prevalence of […]

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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 29, 2016 2:20 PMCategory: Nutrition

Food Frontiers – A Documentary

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Join the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future for a special screening of the short film, Food Frontiers, which highlights successful projects around the country that are addressing access to healthy food. Hear from guest speakers Rodney Taylor, Director of Food and Nutrition Services, Fairfax County Public Schools and Dr. Nimali Fernando, Pediatrician and Founder of The Doctor Yum Project who […]

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September 27, 2016 12:44 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

September 29th is World Heart Day

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Created by the World Heart Federation, World Heart Day (WHD) is a time to unite in the fight against cardiovascular disease (CVD) in efforts to reduce the global disease burden and inspire heart-healthy living across the world. So, what is CVD? Any disease of the heart, vascular disease of the brain, or disease of the […]

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September 15, 2016 6:55 PMCategory: Health Equity, Nutrition, Physical Activity

Resource Roundup

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Here are a few resources with tools and tips on building healthy communities. Check out the full list of partner resources on the Plan4Health website. Systems Grantmaking Resource Guide: This resource guide is a compilation of tools, frameworks, and processes that outline a systems approach to social issues. The guide can be used by social sector […]

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September 8, 2016 1:19 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

Plan4Health featured in The Nation’s Health

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Last week, Plan4Health was featured in the American Public Health Association’s The Nation’s Health. The piece discusses how the regional community coalitions are marrying public health and planning, and focuses on the work in Boston, MA and Indianapolis, IN. “Many new partnerships and expanded initiatives were developed to improve the health of each community involved and […]

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September 6, 2016 11:34 AMCategory: Nutrition

September is Fruits and Veggies – More Matters Month

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The importance of proper nutrition is well-known and fruits and vegetables are key parts to a healthy diet. To help recognize their importance, September has been designated as Fruits & Veggies—More Matters® Month. This observance is focused on helping Americans increase fruit and vegetable consumption for improved health. This initiative is lead by the Produce for Better Health Foundation, […]

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August 24, 2016 3:33 PMCategory: Health Equity, Nutrition, Physical Activity

Planners4Health – funding for APA Chapters

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  APA will use third-year funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for Planners4Health — an offshoot of the Plan4Health project that will concentrate on education, capacity building, and planning for healthy communities within APA chapters. All 47 APA chapters are eligible to apply for grants (to average $40,000) for projects to take place in early 2017. […]

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August 18, 2016 1:33 PMCategory: Nutrition

New Resources for Local Food Systems Planning

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Food systems planning is becoming an increasingly important topic in our communities. Food is a basic need that many take for granted, yet growing a robust local food system can strengthen communities by improving quality of life and helping to meet a variety of environmental, economic, and social goals. Food systems policies and programs can address […]

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August 11, 2016 3:00 PMCategory: Nutrition

Jackson County Farmers’ Market Named 3rd Best in Midwest

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The Jackson County Healthy Communities Coalition is proud to announce that the farmers’ market in Carbondale was named the third best farmers’ market in the midwest in a AAA summer travel guide. The Jackson County coalition created this resource that provides additional information about when and where to find the local markets: This week is […]

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August 9, 2016 2:27 PMCategory: Nutrition

National Farmers Market Week is August 7-13

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National Farmers Market Week is a time to recognize and celebrate our local farmers markets and the important role they play in the health and well-being of communities throughout the nation. During the past five years the U.S. has seen a significant increase – nearly 50 percent – in the number of operating farmers markets. […]

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August 4, 2016 1:45 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

Rapid Health Impact Assessments in Massachusetts

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This post was written by Karen Adelman and originally featured on Planning 101: Talking smart growth for 101 communities in Greater Boston. MAPC’s Public Health Department has been conducting Health Impact Assessments (HIAs) for the past five years. Working with partners like the MA Department of Public Health and Health Resources in Action, MAPC has […]

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August 2, 2016 1:45 PMCategory: Health Equity, Nutrition, Physical Activity

July Health News

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Each month we’ll highlight a few news stories from around the nation related to nutrition, physical activity and chronic disease. Please see below for select stories from July: July 5 – Modern Lifestyle Primary Culprit for Obesity Epidemic: Study It looks like the primary culprit behind the obesity epidemic may be the modern-day environment, and […]

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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 5, 2016 1:58 PMCategory: Nutrition

Square Foot Gardens in Thomas County, KS

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Have you ever wanted to create a community garden but thought: I just don’t have the time, resources, or space? Though community gardens are a great way to get people active while creating a new source for healthy food, they can take a lot of work to develop and maintain. Luckily, there are options. Square […]

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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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June 14, 2016 1:19 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

June is Men’s Health Month

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“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Unfortunately, this old adage may not be actively taken to heart for a large part of the U.S. population – Men. In the U.S., men have higher rates for many of the leading causes of death, including heart disease and diabetes (Centers for Disease Control and […]

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June 8, 2016 1:49 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

Triple Aim of Health Equity

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This post was originally shared on APA’s blog here.   “What would it look like if equity was the starting point for decision making?” —Dr. Edward Ehlinger, Minnesota Commissioner of Health, President of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) Asking the right questions is the first step to taking action for meaningful […]

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June 7, 2016 1:26 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

New Resources: CLAS Standards and Cultural Competence

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Creating healthier communities involves many things, including cultural competence and an understanding of the needs and differences of all represented cultures. Living in the U.S. affords us the opportunity to live, work, and play with people of many different cultures from around the world, though this means that what may work for some may not […]

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June 6, 2016 1:30 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

In Case You Missed It: Health News – May

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Each month we’ll highlight a few news stories from around the nation related to nutrition, physical activity and chronic disease. Please see below for select stories from May: May 3: Social Service Shortfalls Hinder Health, Boost Medical Spending States that spend more money on social services and public health programs relative to medical care have […]

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June 2, 2016 1:40 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

Health Equity and Planning

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Plan4Health coalitions incorporate equity into many aspects of their work to increase opportunities for active living and access to healthy foods. See below for a list of some of the Plan4Health content and partner resources that focus on equity and can help communities understand the challenges and develop solutions. Plan4Health blog posts A Refresher on […]

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May 24, 2016 1:09 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

A Refresher on Health Equity

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Many projects are designed with equity in mind, but achieving health equity in a community is no easy task. Getting to the root issues of why inequities exist can be complex, time consuming and takes the buy-in and contributions of traditional and non-traditional cross-sector partners. As projects evolve it’s important to continue to look at […]

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May 10, 2016 1:26 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

May is American Stroke Month

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Stroke is a major health concern both in the U.S. and abroad, with someone experiencing a stroke about once every 40 seconds and someone dying from a stroke every four minutes (American Heart Association, 2016). Stroke is one of the leading causes of both death and long-term disability in the U.S. (AHA, 2016). Awareness is key […]

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May 3, 2016 4:50 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

Reports from the Healthy Communities Research Community

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Active Living: A new report from the International Physical Activity and Environment Network (IPEN) Adult Study was released online by the Lancet on April 1, 2016 and highlights that adults from 10 countries who lived in the most “active-friendly” neighborhoods did up to 90 minutes more physical activity than those who lived in the least “active-friendly” neighborhoods. […]

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April 26, 2016 5:45 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

Every Kid Healthy Week Is April 25–29

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Health is impacted by where we live, learn, work, and play. For kids, that means their school environment has a large influence on their overall health. Healthy kids learn better, and all kids should be given that opportunity. Organized by Action for Healthy Kids, Every Kid Healthy™ Week helps to recognize the efforts of schools throughout […]

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April 26, 2016 12:46 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

Great Places

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APA’s Great Places in America program celebrates places with cultural and historic interest, community involvement, and a vision for tomorrow. Did you know that there are many Plan4Health coalitions located in communities with Great Places designations? The list is long — Kingston, New York; Chatham County, Georgia; City of Dover/Kent County, Delaware; Sacramento County, California, […]

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April 22, 2016 8:00 AMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

Cohort II Spotlight: Eagle County, Colorado

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This post was written by Katie Haas and Kris Valdez. The Healthy Communities Coalition of Eagle County, Colorado, is a Plan4Health coalition with Cohort Two. Over the course of the project, the coalition will pilot a program encouraging community members to play an active role in supporting healthy eating and active living programs and policies. Eagle County […]

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April 13, 2016 8:04 AMCategory: Nutrition

At the Intersection of Planning and Public Health: Kane County, Illinois

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The Kane County Planning Cooperative received a 2016 National Planning Achievement Award for A Best Practice for its work to implement the Kane County 2040 Plan “Healthy People, Healthy Living, Healthy Communities.” Kane County is also one of the Plan4Health coalitions working to improve access to healthy food in the community. Kane County Plan4Health coalition members hosted a Sunday National Planning Conference sessioon […]

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April 12, 2016 8:26 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

National Public Health Week Recap

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National Public Health Week (NPHW) has come and gone and thanks to the support of public health advocates around the country it was another great success! This year, nearly 400 local, state, national, and federal organizations signed-up as partners to help raise awareness around the importance of public health. Just as he did in 2015, […]

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April 8, 2016 2:35 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

APA 2016 Conference in Phoenix: Healthy Communities Interest Group Meet-Up

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“Success looks like an EKG monitor.” –          Healthy Communities Interest Group Participant Cross-sector work at the intersection of the built environment and public health has its ups and downs, as one participant astutely reflected. At this year’s National Planning Conference in Phoenix, planners and other practitioners creating healthy communities gathered for the 2016 Healthy Communities Interest Group […]

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April 4, 2016 8:33 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

National Public Health Week Starts Today!

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Today marks the beginning of National Public Health Week 2016 (NPHW)! Coordinated by the American Public Health Association (APHA), NPHW is a time to educate our nation on the importance of public health and to raise awareness about the role public health plays in the well-being of our nation. To kick-off the week, President Barack Obama has […]

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April 1, 2016 4:00 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

Greater With WIC

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  This week, the National WIC Association launched a new website featuring their Community Partnerships for Healthy Mothers and Children (CPHMC) project – a sister project to Plan4Health. In addition to working with community organizations to increase opportunities for physical activity and expand access to nutritious foods, the  CPHMC project also focuses on increasing access to […]

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March 29, 2016 1:22 PMCategory: Nutrition

Springtime Bloom: Community Gardens and Farmers Markets

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With April around the corner, community gardens and farmers markets are gearing up for another season! Community Gardens      There are many Plan4Health groups working to improve access to healthy food through community gardens. The coalition in Summit County, Ohio focused their Plan4Health efforts on expanding the use of garden space and combating food deserts through the […]

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March 22, 2016 2:46 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

National Public Health Week is April 4 – 10, 2016

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The value of public health is often overlooked but can’t be overstated. Public health is a multi-faceted field that works together to promote and protect the health all of people and communities. Public health efforts are believed to have added nearly 25 years to the average life expectancy of people in the United States this […]

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March 17, 2016 2:15 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

What’s Your Great Place?

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It’s almost that time of year again — time to think about the neighborhoods, public spaces, and streets that have added value to your community. APA’s Great Places in America program celebrates places with cultural and historic interest, community involvement, and a vision for tomorrow. Submit your suggestions for this year’s Great Places in America by […]

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March 11, 2016 2:36 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

Community Context for Planning and Public Health

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In the United States, the intersection of public health and planning has ebbed and flowed depending on the issues of the time and the perception of community health. Recently, the two fields have experienced increasing crossover due to concerted collaborative efforts and a general move towards thinking about health in a broader sense. An article […]

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March 8, 2016 6:24 PMCategory: Nutrition

March is National Nutrition Month

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The chronic disease burden throughout the nation is staggering. In the U.S. nearly 35 percent of adults and 17 percent of children and adolescents aged 2-19 years are classified as obese (CDC, 2015; CDC, 2015). Nearly 29.1 million people in the U.S. have diabetes and two-thirds of adults in the U.S. can be categorized as either […]

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March 4, 2016 7:00 AMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

Improve Your Community’s Health with Help from Experts at the 2016 APA Conference

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Lack of exercise, unhealthy eating, and tobacco use are major contributing factors to the chronic disease crisis the U.S. faces. Want to learn more about how planning can help solve these problems? Join APA in Phoenix for the 2016 National Planning Conference and attend the Partnering4Health: Improving Community Health Discussion session. This session outlines the […]

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March 1, 2016 6:48 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

PSE Changes in Rural Communities

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Addressing lack of access to healthy foods and opportunities for physical activity in rural communities is accompanied by unique challenges and opportunities. Strategies that may work well in more urban areas sometimes fall flat when attempted in a rural setting, underscoring the importance of empathy when designing initiatives – there must be authentic community involvement […]

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February 26, 2016 9:00 AMCategory: Nutrition

Food Systems for Healthy Places

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The content in this post comes from the Georgia Tech Built Environment and Public Health Clearinghouse “Food Systems for Healthy Places” blog post by Alfonso Morales, PhD. The built environment, food systems, and health are intricately connected in today’s world. Read below for an overview of three projects seeking to improve food systems on a variety […]

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February 24, 2016 6:53 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

February is American Heart Month

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February is American Heart Month, and the American Heart Association has been sponsoring this national reminder about the importance of heart health for over 50 years. Heart disease is a major issue for both men and women in the U.S. and abroad. Each year, 25 percent of deaths in the U.S. and 17.3 million deaths worldwide can […]

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February 22, 2016 12:00 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

Plan4Health Touches Down in Phoenix

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This post was originally published on APA’s National Planning Conference News Blog on February 19, 2016.   Interested in learning more about the intersection of planning and public health? Join APA in Phoenix for the 2016 National Planning Conference and attend one of the sessions highlighting Plan4Health. Explore the Saturday Deep Dive workshop or check out […]

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February 18, 2016 3:35 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

Next City: Planning and Public Health

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A recent article in Next City highlights the growing effort to reconnect public health and urban planning. Anna Ricklin, manager of the American Planning Association’s Planning and Community Health Center, discusses Plan4Health as an example of the effort to break down silos between planning and public health, and also highlights the work in Dubuque, Iowa, to […]

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February 9, 2016 3:23 PMCategory: Nutrition

Increasing Healthy Food Access Through Mobile Vending

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Increasing access to healthy food is major issue in the U.S. and a key focus for many of the Plan4Health coalitions. Plan4Health Tarrant County, from Fort Worth, Texas, is thinking of creative ways to increase access to healthy foods in an area where many residents live within identified food deserts with high numbers of unhealthy food […]

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February 4, 2016 6:17 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

APA and APHA Joint Board Meeting in Iowa

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In an effort to heighten the existing collaboration between planning and public health professionals in Iowa, the Plan4Health initiative in Linn County, Iowa — Planning Healthy Iowa Communities — convened a joint board meeting with the Iowa Public Health Association and the American Planning Association Iowa Chapter board members in November. The groups met separately before joining together in Des […]

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February 3, 2016 3:22 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

Becoming a Planning Advocate

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This post was originally shared on APA’s Policy News for Planners blog. This week America begins in earnest the work of electing a new President. Because planning needs to be firmly on the nation’s agenda, APA is using the civic energy unleashed by the Iowa Caucus and New Hampshire Primary to ask members to raise […]

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February 1, 2016 10:00 AMCategory: Nutrition

Walkability and Local Food Production in Atlanta

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The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) is championing efforts to link planning and public health by developing pedestrian-friendly streets and supporting local food production to improve connectivity and quality of life for people of all ages. In this mini-webinar, Manager Dan Reuter and Principal Planner Allison Duncan of the Community Development division of the ARC speak about […]

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January 26, 2016 10:32 PMCategory: Nutrition

Improving Food Access: Examples from across the U.S.

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Our current food system fails to promote public health and suppresses economic opportunity. Diet-related chronic diseases are numerous and include hypertension, diabetes and heart disease. Low-income communities are especially vulnerable to these poor outcomes with low-income communities and communities of color being disproportionately affected. A new report issued by the Union of Concerned Scientists, titled […]

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January 12, 2016 7:03 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

Launching the Peer Learning Network!

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Ready, set, launch! The Plan4Health staff has been busy developing a Peer Learning Network (PLN) for Plan4Health coalitions and the community at large. The PLN is a forum for sharing expertise and experiences with coalitions and across cohorts. But it doesn’t stop there! This network will live beyond Plan4Health and is open to APA members, APHA members, […]

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January 7, 2016 8:42 PMCategory: Nutrition

Partnering4Health: DHPE on Community Engagement

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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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January 5, 2016 5:20 PMCategory: Nutrition

Partnering4Health: SOPHE’s Nutrition Toolkit

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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 […]

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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 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 10, 2015 5:00 AMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

Fighting Obesity in U.S. Cities

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In a recent Guardian article, “Violence, climate change, obesity: world’s cities face growing health risks,” obesity is one of the major challenges facing cities around the world. Cities here in the United States are no exception; more than one-third of U.S. adults are obese according to the CDC. But communities — rural and urban — […]

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December 8, 2015 9:20 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

Planning for the Future: Sustainability

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Understanding the importance of sustainability and preparing to carry a project forward are important factors that should be considered from the beginning of a project. The CDC defines sustainability as a community’s ongoing capacity and resolve to work together to establish, advance, and maintain effective strategies that continuously improve health and quality of life for all. It’s […]

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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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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 18, 2015 3:47 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

The American Planning Association Provides Funding to 17 Additional Local Coalitions to Combat Chronic Disease

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WASHINGTON, DC — The American Planning Association (APA) has provided $2.25 million in funding to 17 new local coalitions around the United States through its Plan4Health initiative to combat two determinants of chronic disease — lack of physical activity and lack of access to nutritious foods. This is the second year funding was made available […]

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November 18, 2015 3:36 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

Plan4Health Stories of Success

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It wasn’t long ago that Plan4Health coalitions began to implement project strategies and it’s been exciting to see all of the progress that has been made. To highlight the great work that’s being done, success stories were made for all 18 coalitions. Each story, as well as one from the national partnership between APA and APHA, […]

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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 10, 2015 6:32 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

Planning and Prevention: November Is Diabetes Awareness Month

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By improving access to healthy food and implementing strategies to promote physical activity, Plan4Health coalitions are addressing chronic disease in their communities. Diabetes is one of the most prevalent chronic diseases in the U.S. and the numbers of those afflicted is staggering. Nearly 30 million people in the U.S. are diabetic, with an estimated 86 million […]

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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 15, 2015 6:15 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

What Is Plan4Health?

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The American Public Health Association’s Public Health Newswire published a conversation between APA’s Anna Ricklin and APHA’s Susan Polan. Check out the full article below. If you are attending the upcoming APHA Annual Meeting in Chicago, continue the conversation at the intersection of planning and public health on Monday, November 2, at Cross-Sectoral Approaches to Creating Healthy […]

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October 13, 2015 8:04 PMCategory: Nutrition

Flint Farmers’ Market: A Great Place Connecting People with Healthy Food

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Flint Farmers’ market was recognized this year as one of the American Planning Association’s annual list of Great Places in America. The market has many great qualities. It is housed in a former printing building that was creatively reused. It’s celebrated for the variety of uses that take place within the space and credited with acting […]

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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 10, 2015 5:30 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

WANTED: Healthy Communities. REWARD: $25,000.

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The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Culture of Health Prize is now accepting applications from all U.S. communities that are working toward better health. Communities have until November 12, 2015, to submit an application for a chance to win a $25,000 prize for their efforts. Building a Culture of Health The RWJF Culture of Health Prize recognizes […]

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September 3, 2015 8:13 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

Demonstrating the Value of Sustainable Landscapes

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Reposted from the APA Sustaining Places Blog, originally written by Heather Whitlow of the Landscape Architecture Foundation. Note: To learn more about the Landscape Performance Series, join the Landscape Architecture Foundation and the American Planning Association’s Plan4Health community for a webinar and discussion on Wednesday, September 16, 2015, 12 noon-1 p.m. ET. Register here! A Resource for Measuring […]

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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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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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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 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 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 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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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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