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Delaware Coalition for  Healthy Eating and Active Living

DEplan4health logoThe Delaware Coalition for Healthy Eating and Active Living seeks to change the approach in which comprehensive plans are updated to include considerations for health and equity. Using feedback from the community, the Coalition will create land use, design and policy guidelines for planners and public health professionals seeking to increase access to healthy food and build spaces that encourage physical activity.

Listen to David Edgell and Tim Gibbs talk about the DEplan4health initiative in a podcast created by the American Planning Association here.

The Delaware Journal of Public Health, December 2016, Volume 2, Issue 5 published two articles related to the Delaware Plan4Health initiative.  The first article, “The A’s of Influencing Health Eating and Active Living,” was authored by Michelle Eichinger, MS, MPA.  The second article, “When Planning Meets Health: Delaware’s Plan4Health Grant Fosters a Healthy Delaware,” was co-authored by Michelle Eichinger, Kristen Vales, David Edgell, Tim Gibbs, Bill Swiatek, Patti Miller, and Mary Ellen Gray.

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Check out the items below and visit the coalition’s new website to learn more about the project!


Learn more about our impact:

Success Story: April 2017                       Success Story: October 2016                Fact Sheet: April 2016                              Workshop presentation: Spring 2016

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Coalition Members

Delaware Chapter of the American Planning Association
Delaware Academy of Medicine / Delaware Public Health Association
City of Dover, Delaware
Kent County, Delaware
Nemours Children’s Health System, Division of Health and Prevention Services
Delaware Office of State Planning Coordination
Dover / Kent Metropolitan Planning Organization
Delaware Division of Public Health 
Delaware Department of Transportation
Delaware State Parks 
Delaware State Housing Authority
YMCA of Delaware
University of Delaware, Institute for Public Administration
National Council on Agricultural Life and Labor Research Fund, Inc. 
Delaware Community Foundation

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