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April 25, 2017 2:16 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Plan4Health Coalition Featured in Baltimore Sun

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The Plan4Health project in Baltimore, Maryland was recently featured in The Baltimore Sun. The article highlighted the coalition’s effort to connect 35 miles of trails that would run through 50 Baltimore neighborhoods. Read the article here!  

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April 20, 2017 1:01 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Measuring and Visualizing Multimodal Networks

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The May 17 session will document strategies agencies can use to measure and visualize their nonmotorized transportation networks. Eliot Rose of ICF and Dan Goodman of FHWA will share early findings and examples from a guidebook that FHWA is producing to help transportation agencies select connectivity measures based on the data and technical tools available, […]

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April 20, 2017 12:59 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Incorporating Bicycle Networks into Resurfacing Projects

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PBIC’s May 10 webinar will explore opportunities for bicycle network developing through regular resurfacing programs. With limited funds available to implement bicycle plans, communities are challenged to take advantage of ongoing maintenance and resurfacing efforts to support bicycle network development. This webinar will provide participants with a strategy for integrating bicycle facilities into their routine […]

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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 14, 2017 7:56 PMCategory: Physical Activity

National Complete Streets Coalition

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The National Complete Streets Coalition is excited to continue our monthly webinar series, Implementation & Equity 201: The Path Forward to Complete Streets, exploring a new issue each month related to creating safer, healthier, more equitable streets. Our next webinar in the series will be Making the Most of Main Street: Complete Streets & Walkable […]

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March 30, 2017 9:28 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Designing for Bicyclist Safety at Intersections

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This three-part webinar series will equip agencies with the tools needed to understand the principles of bicyclist safety and respond to safety problems with the appropriate countermeasures and designs. Based on a recently-developed training course from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), this webinar series is intended to convey the fundamentals of properly designing for bicyclist […]

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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 30, 2017 10:36 AMCategory: Physical Activity

PAHO and APHA fight depression by promoting talking and physical activity

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350 million people worldwide are affected by depression, yet only a fraction of these people receive the treatment they need.  The stigma commonly associated with depression is one of the main reasons people do not seek support for their condition.  Talking with others can help. So can physical activity. This is why the Pan American […]

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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 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 7, 2017 12:54 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Biophillic Cities, Integrating Nature into Urban Design and Planning

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The “greening” of cities can focus on everything except nature, emphasizing such elements as public transit, renewable energy production, and energy efficient building systems. While these are important aspects of reimagining urban living, human beings have an innate need to connect with the natural world (the biophilia hypothesis). And any vision of a sustainable urban […]

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March 6, 2017 6:57 PMCategory: Physical Activity

The PBIC Messenger

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News and Announcements Fostering Innovation in Pedestrian and Bicycle Transportation Pooled Fund Study The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) posted a new Fostering Innovation in Pedestrian and Bicycle Transportation Pooled Fund Study in January 2017. The pooled fund will supplement existing research venues and fill an important gap by emphasizing short turnaround practical research on issues […]

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February 24, 2017 11:17 AMCategory: Physical Activity

APHA celebrates National Public Health Week

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Join APHA in celebrating National Public Health Week, April 3-9, 2017. Here are three easy ways to get involved: Join APHA in their 1 Billion Steps Challenge by walking 1 billion steps by April 9. Start a team or join the APHA team! Get started. Participate in NPHW activities. The first event will be the NPHW Forum. […]

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February 17, 2017 3:52 PMCategory: Physical Activity

CDC Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity:  Physical Activity Highlights

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Map Series, Complete Streets Policies — 2006 to 2015 Click here to view the maps — Complete Streets Policies in the United States, 2006—2015 This series of maps displays the progression in the adoption of state-level and local- or regional-level Complete Streets policies in the United States from 2006 through 2015. Source:  National Complete Streets […]

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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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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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February 6, 2017 2:19 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Big Cities Community of Practice Active Livable Communities Subcommittee

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Please join the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) and Plan4Health grantees from Montana and North Carolina for a discussion of active living strategies.  Advance registration is not required. Audio: call 866-740-1260, access code 5074256 Visual platform: http://naccho.adobeconnect.com/subcommitteebccop/

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January 19, 2017 1:33 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Walk 1 Billion Steps by National Public Health Week

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Start the New Year off by walking the talk and giving yourself the gift of improved health. Help us walk 1 billion steps by National Public Health Week from Jan. 9 – April 9, or any time in between! It’s not too late to start! Regular physical activity like walking can greatly reduce the risk of conditions such […]

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January 17, 2017 4:29 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Dangerous by Design

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Smart Growth America announces Dangerous by Design 2016: Between 2005 and 2014, a total of 46,149 people were struck and killed by cars while walking. That averages out to about 13 people per day. Each one of those people was a child, parent, friend, classmate, or neighbor. And these tragedies occurred across the country—in small towns […]

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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 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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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 9, 2017 2:45 PMCategory: Physical Activity

2017 National Walking Summit Preview

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We’re gearing up for the 2017 National Walking Summit and excited by what’s developing. Get a sneak peak at some of the presenters and programs that will be available in St. Paul in September. Register here!

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January 9, 2017 2:44 PMCategory: Physical Activity

A City in Transformation: A Look at St. Paul

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St. Paul, Minnesota was selected as the host of the 2017 National Walking Summit for its recent innovation and progress with walkability. Hear from local experts and walking champions about some of the exciting things going on in their city and what you can expect to see at the Summit in September. Register here!

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January 9, 2017 2:42 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Tracking the Walking Path

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When talking about opportunities to walk, knowing where to walk is key. Data and mapping tools are plenty and can be useful in making the argument for walkable communities and the development of smart cities. Learn about some of the leading tools available to walking advocates. Register here!

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January 9, 2017 2:41 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Opportunities for Rural Walkability

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Preserving and maintaining our outdoor spaces is a major responsibility, especially in rural communities where trails and other areas are opportunities not only for physical activity but also for transit connections. Learn how the support of trails, parks and sidewalks play a role in promoting walkability in rural communities and what you can do to […]

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January 5, 2017 2:52 PMCategory: Health Equity, Physical Activity

Vitamin P: Tapping the Power of Place to Keep Us All Healthy

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The American Planning Association was featured in the article Vitamin P: Tapping the Power of Place to Keep Us All Healthy by Jay Walljasper. See below for an excerpt from the article, and read the entire piece here. — Walking is such a great way to stay healthy that US Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy […]

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December 27, 2016 9:00 AMCategory: Physical Activity

Bike Ajo

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Bike Ajo has created a sustainable bicycling hub that educates, trains, provides resources, and builds health-based partnerships with the Ajo community. The primary health focus of Bike Ajo is to connect bicycling with diabetes and chronic disease prevention efforts. The asset-based coalition is led by community health workers and Ajo residents and includes many partners. Interested […]

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December 22, 2016 9:00 AMCategory: Physical Activity

NRPA Safe Routes to Parks Action Framework

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The National Recreation and Park Association recently released a tool that will assist professionals across many disciplines create and implement an action plan to ensure that all people have safe and equitable access to parks. Safe Routes to Parks is an initiative of NRPA to increase access to local parks. Developed in collaboration with the Safe Routes […]

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December 20, 2016 5:11 PMCategory: Physical Activity

The Benefits of Complete Streets

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  This piece was originally distributed as a news release by the Department of Health & Wellness in Atlanta, GA. ATLANTA – December 14, 2016 – As the movement to invest in infrastructure improvements across Fulton County gains fresh momentum following passage of the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax for Transportation Purposes (TSPLOST) ballot measure […]

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December 8, 2016 3:48 PMCategory: Physical Activity

PBCI Quarterly Newsletter

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Interested in learning more about the latest in pedestrian and bicycle news? Check out the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center’s Fall 2016 e-newsletter. It is full of news stories, policy, systems, and environmental change resources, and information about upcoming events. Read the full issue here!

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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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November 29, 2016 2:08 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Healthline Feature on Urban Planning for Health

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Earlier this month, Healthline shared an article about the role urban planning plays in creating healthier communities. The piece touches upon the historical context of planning for health, includes commentary from individuals benefiting from healthy planning, and highlights the work of APA’s Planning and Community Health Center and Plan4Health. Read the full article here.

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November 22, 2016 1:30 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Get Moving with APHA’s Steps Challenge

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For the second year in a row APHA will coordinate a steps challenge to encourage physical activity and strive for the goal of reaching one billion collective steps. The challenge, appropriately named APHA’s 1 Billion Steps Challenge, is open to everyone and is supported by StrideKick, who has once again offered users free access to […]

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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 10, 2016 2:18 PMCategory: Health Equity, Physical Activity

Healthy Communities Coalition receives award from Montana Public Health

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The Healthy Communities Coalition won an award from the Montana Public Health Association for the multifaceted local group’s dedicated work to reducing chronic disease and improving health in the Helena area. The Coalition received the highest award from the Montana Public Health Association for its ongoing contributions to improving public health statewide. Here, some of the members […]

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November 3, 2016 1:32 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Benton Park West utilizes traffic calming lending library

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This post was originally shared here on October 11, 2016 on Trailnet’s website. Trailnet has created a traffic calming lending library. That means anyone can rent out equipment for creating pop-up traffic calming demonstrations to show the community what it looks like when streets are designed to slow traffic. On October 2, the Benton Park Neighborhood […]

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October 13, 2016 1:24 PMCategory: Health Equity, Physical Activity

Slow Your Street: A St. Louis Traffic Calming Success Story

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This post, written by Samantha Schipani, was originally featured here on the APA blog.  It may not be obvious to everyone that traffic safety is a public health and urban planning issue. But the number of motor-vehicle-related deaths is increasing, and the U.S. continues to have the most traffic fatalities per capita in the developed world. […]

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October 5, 2016 2:02 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Walk and Bike to School Day

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Today is the 20th anniversary of National Walk and Bike to School Day and this morning thousands of students, parents, and community leaders across the country used active transportation to travel to school. Interested in learning more about the Walk to School Day? Leverage this communications packet all about this national observance and be sure […]

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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 22, 2016 2:45 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Healthy Streets with ChangeLab Solutions

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Ever wonder how street design can improve health? Curious how transportation systems can make places not only more connected but also more equitable? Street design can, and should, make it safer and easier for people in every neighborhood to get around, whether they’re biking, walking, taking transit, or driving. With CDC support, ChangeLab Solutions has […]

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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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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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August 30, 2016 5:40 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Walk Audits in Austin

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Walk audits are an excellent tool to critically evaluate the safety, comfort, and aesthetics of a street’s walkable landscape. These facilitated walks are meant for interdisciplinary groups of community stakeholders with the following goals in mind: To guide people to experience and assess the physical activity and healthy eating “friendliness” of an area. To inspire and […]

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August 25, 2016 2:06 PMCategory: Physical Activity

The 4 Ways Urban Parks Bring Value to City Life

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This post was originally featured here on the APA blog. Urban parks are dynamic institutions that play a vital role in the social, economic and physical well-being of America’s cities and their residents. Since the mid-19th century, with the introduction of large-scale park landscapes in cities like New York, Boston, Louisville, Chicago, Minneapolis, Washington, D.C., […]

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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 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 28, 2016 3:52 PMCategory: Physical Activity

No Playing Around: Parks Are Great For Health

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  July has been all about celebrating parks and spending time outdoors. The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) knows that parks can improve health and wellness while strengthening community bonds. NRPA gives us National Park and Recreation Month as an opportunity to explore the built environment that surrounds us. Check out this storify developed […]

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July 26, 2016 3:18 PMCategory: Health Equity, Physical Activity

New Report from Safe Routes to School – Using Data to Foster Walking and Biking to School

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Safe Routes to School National Partnership, with support from APHA, recently released a new report demonstrating the value of access to data to improve walking and biking programs, inform decision-making, and evaluate efforts to encourage walking and biking. The report, “Safe Routes to School By the Numbers: Using Data to Foster Walking and Biking to […]

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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 12, 2016 2:24 PMCategory: Health Equity, Physical Activity

Partnering with GirlForward in Austin, TX

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Girl Forward, a program that provides refugee girls with individual mentorship, educational programs and leadership opportunities, strives to create a community of support that serves as a resource and empowers girls to be strong, confident and independent so that they grow into women who can successfully support themselves, their families and their community. Visit the organizations […]

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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 30, 2016 1:25 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Get Ready for National Park and Recreation Month!

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Did you know that tomorrow, July 1st, is the first day of National Park and Recreation Month? APA is joining forces with partner organizations to celebrate the many health benefits of outdoor parks and recreation activities. National Park and Recreation Month highlights the important role local parks and recreation activities play in keeping our communities […]

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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 13, 2016 1:56 PMCategory: Physical Activity

National Healthy Homes Month

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June 2016 marks the first National Healthy Homes Month, an observance declared by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). National Healthy Homes Month is meant to reinforce the connection between a family’s health their home by educating families about potential health hazards in their homes and empowering them to address these hazards. […]

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June 9, 2016 2:20 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Community-Engaged Design

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A recent piece from Next City highlights the importance of community-engaged design in equitable development. Houston’s Third Ward, similarly to many communities across the country, is undergoing a shift in its DNA. What was a traditionally African American community made up of modest single-family homes has become a hot spot for developers due to a new light […]

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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 31, 2016 1:13 PMCategory: Physical Activity

World No Tobacco Day

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Today is World No Tobacco Day. The World Health Organization (WHO) created World No Tobacco Day in 1987; it is observed around the world every year on May 31. World No Tobacco Day is meant to encourage a 24-hour period of abstinence from all forms of tobacco use, and to spread awareness of the negative health […]

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May 26, 2016 8:16 PMCategory: Physical Activity

St. Louis Plan4Health Spreads to Chicago

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  Trailnet, the St. Louis Plan4Health coalition, was selected to provide active transportation input and guidance on a project in Chicago. The Active Transportation Alliance is a non-profit organization working to improve conditions for bicycling, walking and transit in the Chicago region. Trailnet will be taking the traffic calming model they developed through Plan4Health and spreading […]

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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 23, 2016 12:58 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Indianapolis’ First Master Pedestrian Plan Moves Indy Forward

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  Earlier this month, on May 4th, the Metropolitan Development Commission in Indianapolis voted to adopt the pedestrian plan that was at the center of the work pursued by the Indianapolis Plan4Health coalition, Health by Design. The pedestrian plan provides a guideline for county leaders to follow as they make decisions that improve walkability.   […]

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May 20, 2016 3:28 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Cohort II Spotlight: Ajo, Arizona

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The Plan4Health coalition in Ajo, Arizona, is working hard not only to make bicycling an option for transportation, physical activity, and leisure, but also to reinvigorate a sense of active living through the community’s deep connection to their surroundings. Ajo is an outpost in the southwestern part of Arizona — only about 40 miles from […]

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May 17, 2016 1:29 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Infrastructure Week is May 16-23

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  Infrastructure Week is May 16 – 23 and is an opportunity to recognize the important role of infrastructure in the economy, the health and safety of the public, and the strength of communities across the country. The theme this year is “Infrastructure Matters”, telling the story of what infrastructure means to Americans. Although Infrastructure […]

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May 12, 2016 1:16 PMCategory: Physical Activity

May is National Bike Month

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  May 4th was National Bike to School Day, but it is not too late to celebrate the power of bicycles and their place in our communities – May is National Bike Month! The League of American Bicyclists has sponsored this observance since 1956 and showcases the many benefits of bicycling while encouraging people to try it out. Learn […]

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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 4, 2016 10:00 AMCategory: Physical Activity

National Bike to School Day

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Did you know that today, May 4, is National Bike to School Day? Join schools across the country as they celebrate and take steps towards changing community culture. Five reasons to support walking and biking to school are: To have fun! Biking to school creates healthier habits Active transportation helps clean up the environment To […]

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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 21, 2016 6:53 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Free Admission to National Parks!

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Content originally featured in an email from the U.S. Department of the Interior. America’s national parks, monuments, and lands are uniquely different — in their make-up and their locale — but all seek to tell a part of America’s story. National Park Week kicked off on Saturday, April 16, as one of the nation’s largest […]

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April 21, 2016 2:38 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Safe Routes to School National Conference

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The Safe Routes to School National Conference was held April 5–7 in Columbus, Ohio. The conference, Intersections: Where Transportation and Health Meet, explored programs across the country that are pioneering safe routes to school for children to create healthy, vibrant communities. The conference featured both Plan4Health coalitions and organizational partners in this work, including the […]

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April 18, 2016 1:55 PMCategory: Physical Activity

An Active Transportation Plan and Complete Streets Policy in Bensenville, Illinois

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In Bensenville, Illinois, a suburb about 17 miles outside of Chicago, a coalition of planning and public health professionals leveraged the Plan4Health grant funds to implement an Active Transportation Plan and Complete Streets policy. Members of the coalition had been working for years to incorporate an active transportation component into the village’s comprehensive plan — […]

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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 4, 2016 6:02 PMCategory: Physical Activity

RWJF Opens Streets to Build a Culture of Health

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This post was written by Sharon Roerty, a Senior Program Officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and originally posted on Move!, the Active Living Research blog. Sharon spoke to Plan4Health coalitions and APA Healthy Community Interest Group members at APA’s National Planning Conference in Phoenix on Sunday, April 3rd. Learn more about how opening up […]

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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 31, 2016 11:00 AMCategory: Physical Activity

Public Outreach for Active Living in Columbus, IN

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This post was written by Emilie Pinkston, Senior Planner with the City of Columbus-Bartholomew County Planning Department. A key element of the Plan4Health project in Columbus, IN is public outreach.  It is vitally important to the success of planning projects that members of the community have the opportunity to provide feedback on proposed improvements.  Members […]

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March 25, 2016 3:21 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Get Outside and Celebrate Spring!

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      It’s time to get ready for spring! Did you know that in 600 seconds, you can trigger the health benefits of being outdoors? According to recent research, spending ten minutes outdoors, two to three times a week, can reduce stress, increase focus, and improve energy levels. Spend this season exploring walkways, parks, […]

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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 18, 2016 1:48 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Shared Use of Community Resources

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Shared use is a strategy that leverages existing community areas for use as recreation spaces for the whole community. By allowing the broader public to have access to resources such as schoolyards, the entire community has increased opportunities for physical activity. Community Commons discusses the potential of shared use in Fair Play: Advancing Health Equity Through Shared […]

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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 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 3, 2016 7:00 AMCategory: Physical Activity

Tactical Urbanism

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Tactical urbanism is a mechanism for changing the built environment in a fluid and meaningful way. Creative approaches to uplifting and recycling existing resources can result in more engaged community members and a different lens through which to view existing common spaces. Tactical urbanism also provides an alternative to barriers such as cost or political […]

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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 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 17, 2016 3:36 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Columbus, Indiana: Walking Toward Greatness

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APA’s Plan4Health project, an effort funded by the CDC, supports communities working at the intersection of planning and public health to increase access to healthy foods and opportunities for active living. The Columbus, Indiana, coalition — Reach Healthy Communities — is pursuing strategies to increase walkability throughout the community. The coalition engaged the Walkable and […]

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February 16, 2016 9:00 AMCategory: Physical Activity

Walk This Way

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WALKSacramento and the Design 4 Active Sacramento Coalition are working on multiple fronts to improve walkability and health across South Sacramento neighborhoods. The Plan4Health coalition’s efforts are enhanced and complemented by the California Endowment’s work to improve the health of 14 challenged communities across the state of California through their Building Healthy Communities initiative. Collaborating […]

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February 11, 2016 12:49 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Active Living in Wisconsin

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In 2014, the rate of physical inactivity in Dane County, Wisconsin was 18 percent and the adult obesity rate was 22 percent; six percent of the population had diabetes. Analysis from the University of Wisconsin showed that block groups that were more walkable and closer to public transportation also had lower rates of chronic disease. […]

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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 2, 2016 10:15 AMCategory: Physical Activity

Advancing Safe Routes to Parks

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                  Green spaces benefit people’s health and well-being, but they must be accessible in order for such positive impacts to come to fruition. The concept of Safe Routes to Parks considers the infrastructure required for a safe, connected system between parks, their access points, and their surrounding […]

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January 28, 2016 9:31 PMCategory: Physical Activity

APA’s Community Planning Assistance Teams

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  The American Planning Association’s professional institute — the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) — engages community members through the Community Planning Assistance Teams (CPAT) program. CPAT is a pro bono technical assistance program designed to engage residents, key stakeholders, and local officials to address a range of challenges that communities face. The program is […]

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January 21, 2016 10:50 PMCategory: Physical Activity

A Vision for “Complete Parks” in Kingston

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This entry was written by Live Well Kingston and was originally posted here. Steve Noble, our outgoing Play Well Chair and Environmental Specialist for the Kingston Parks and Recreation Department and incoming Mayor, provides us with a vision and a roadmap for a great parks system in Kingston. Our Live Well Kingston Coalition looks forward to using […]

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January 20, 2016 8:54 PMCategory: Physical Activity

National Association of Realtors Highlights Walkable Communities

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The Winter 2016 issue of On Common Ground, published by the National Association of Realtors, is all about designing healthy communities. The first article, “Walkable Communities: The prescription for better health,” features Plan4Health as one example of efforts to change the built environment to enable walkability. Plan4Health and its collaboration between APA and APHA combats […]

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January 19, 2016 6:23 PMCategory: Physical Activity

A Campaign to Get Indy Residents Walking

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By Health by Design WalkWays is working to “move Indy forward” as a city that’s accessible to pedestrians and those who use wheelchairs or other mobility devices. For people in other cities, this might look like an easy job. After all, Indianapolis has earned its share of attention for walkability and access, with options like […]

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January 14, 2016 6:10 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Adopting a Complete Streets Policy: Lessons Learned from Swanzey

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This entry is adapted from New Hampshire’s Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) January newsletter. The power of partnerships is something that Plan4Health coalitions exhibit in many aspects of their work, collaborating with people from many sectors to work towards common goals. Partnering across programs is a way to amplify changes and is a display of true collaboration. A […]

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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 6, 2016 10:22 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Planning Play for All

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This entry was written by KaBOOM! We at KaBOOM! think that multi-generational play is one of the best ways to provide all people, regardless of age, opportunities to be active.  We believe that when the built environment is family-friendly and offers opportunities for family members of all ages to engage in playful activities, parents are […]

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December 22, 2015 8:31 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Transit Adventures in Austin

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Austin’s Plan4Health Pilot Program has demonstrated an exceptional ability to engage community partners and achieve cross-sector buy-in throughout the community. City staff were invited to attend a local neighborhood association meeting and spoke about different opportunities within the community — including some creative new ideas, like transit adventures. Here’s a scenario: You need to get downtown but […]

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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 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 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 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 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 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 27, 2015 5:00 AMCategory: Physical Activity

A Day in the Park: Understanding Health Equity

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There are many things to consider when addressing health issues within our communities, including equity. Health equity is achieved when all people are provided with a fair opportunity to realize their full health potential. This, of course, is much easier said than done. It’s important to understand and recognize what may impact equity in your […]

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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 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 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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September 28, 2015 7:17 PMCategory: Physical Activity

10 Ways to Celebrate National Community Planning Month

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October is National Community Planning Month — and this year’s theme is Healthy Communities, Healthy People. Check out 10 ways to celebrate National Community Planning Month from APA’s communications team. For more information, visit the National Community Planning Month resource center. The achievements of planning are celebrated in October with National Community Planning Month. This […]

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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 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 15, 2015 9:47 PMCategory: Physical Activity

APA Joins Surgeon General to #StepItUp in Las Vegas

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With the recent call to action promoting walking and walkable communities, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy visited Myrtle Tate Elementary School in Las Vegas, Nevada. Joining him was APA member Greg Toth, AICP, of APA’s Nevada Chapter, providing the local connection to how communities can enable residents to walk more. Planners help shape the places […]

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September 15, 2015 6:59 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Sharing the Health Benefits of Green Infrastructure

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Last week, the American Planning Association hosted a webinar as part of the Planning and Community Health Center’s series focused on built environment interventions that promote community health. APA brought together leading practitioners to discuss the different ways communities can incorporate health considerations into green infrastructure plans and projects. You can watch the Health Benefits of Green Infrastructure webinar […]

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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 10, 2015 2:15 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Answering the Call to Walk

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U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy issued a call to Americans yesterday that, put simply, urges them to begin to walk more. APA’s Anna Ricklin, AICP, was quoted in USA Today about this call to action: “How your community is planned really has a lot to do with how healthy you are …” Ricklin is the manager […]

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September 9, 2015 5:01 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Testing Bicycle-Friendliness in Nashua

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The Directors of Health Promotion and Education recently shared some news about different strategies that Plan4Health coalition partners are using to increase access for physical activity in cities. Learn how Plan4Health Nashua in New Hampshire is using big data to improve bikeability. Reposted from Plan4Health Newsletter What’s happening in Nashua? The Nashua Regional Planning Commission […]

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

Talking about the Social Determinants of Health

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

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August 11, 2015 6:19 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Indianapolis Plus $500 Million Equals a More Walkable City

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

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August 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 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 15, 2015 3:18 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Plan4Health Coalition Update: St. Louis

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

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July 13, 2015 10:34 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Complete Streets to Promote Physical Activity

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

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July 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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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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