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Capital Region Healthy Communities

The Dane County (Wisconsin) Capital Region Healthy Communities (CRHC) initiative aims to increase physical activity and access to nutritious food. The coalition has worked to incorporate health into planning to eliminate food deserts and help neighborhoods become more walking and biking friendly. The Active Living Index was developed and helped to measure and map walkability and access to biking and walking at the census block group level. The coalition applied the tool to three target communities in the area to gain a better understanding of their needs and to empower decision makers, planning and public health professionals and residents. Additionally, the coalition has been working to increase the capacity of local communities in South Madison, WI to provide healthy food to designated food deserts.

Learn more about the Active Living Index as well as other resources and efforts from the coalition, below.

Learn more about our impact:

Success Story: April 2016                                     Success Story: September 2015                          Mini-webinar:                                                          Research Forum: Active Living Index

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I Love To Bike! Family Fun Map                                                    Active Living Index                                                                               City of Madison Data and Modeling Tools 

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Podcast: Listen to APA member and leadership team member Steve Steinhoff to learn more about Capital Region Healthy Communities and the work that’s being in Dane County.


Malissa Dietsch, Community Planner, discusses the work being                                       Milena Bernardinello, Healthy Community Planner from Madison,
done by the Plan4Health coalition in Dane County, WI.                                                         discusses data analysis in the Dane County, WI.


A student, his family and teacher from Cross Plains, WI speak                                           The Benson family of Cross Plains, WI speaks about their experiences and
about challenges in walking and biking to school in their community.                            challenges in walking and biking to school as well as potential solutions.


The Life Foundation of Cross Plains, WI speaks about the challenges
and solutions for kids and families who would like to walk or bike to school.

In the News:

Coalition Members:

Allied Community Cooperative/Dane County TimeBank
Capital Area Regional Planning Commission
City of Madison
Dane County
Healthy Kids Collaborative
LIFE Foundation
Madison Area Transportation Planning Board
Public Health Madison & Dane County
South Madison Farmers Market
University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Urban and Regional Planning
University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health
Wisconsin Chapter of the American Planning Association

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