Plan4Health Press Archive


November 7, 2016

Urban Planning: How a City Gets Healthy
A year ago Kelly Dearman was fed up with her commute. Every day the married mother of two would make the nearly three-mile drive from her home in San Francisco’s Cole Valley neighborhood to her office in the city’s South of Market district. More…

September 30, 2016

UA collaborates to Bring Bikes to Ajo
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. More…

September 29, 2016

Walk, Bike, Bus October
Fall is here and there are more opportunities than ever to switch up commute modes in downtown Tacoma. Downtown On the Go has events all month long and there is bound to be something for everyone. More…

September 28, 2016

Footprints Crosswalk: Playful Tracks of Pedestrian Safety
Footprints Crosswalk was a temporary crosswalk made of colorful stencils marking various walking tracks connecting the residents of Baltimore’s Auchentoroly Terrace neighborhood to the adjacent Druid Hill Park. More…

September 27, 2016

48 Bikes Arrived In Ajo In Healthy Partnership (Page 5)
A partnership meant to increase activity levels and prevent chronic disease brought 48 bikes to Ajo on Tuesday, September 20. More…

September 24, 2016

Carbondale Promotes New Bike Path
Carbondale city leaders are hoping a new bike path on the edge of town will help promote exercise. More…

September 20, 2016

Ajo Receives 50 Bikes to Help Promote Healthy Living
The town of Ajo received nearly 50 bikes Tuesday to help encourage residents make healthier lifestyle choices. Ajo Middle School will acquire 36 bikes, funded by the federal Transportation Alternatives Program funds and Pima County funds. The school also received a delivery of 600 helmets a few weeks earlier. More…

September 19, 2016

Design 4 Active Sacramento Wins Center for Active Design Excellence Award
Design 4 Active Sacramento (D4AS) brings together a cross-sector team of professionals in health, planning, transportation, and architecture to advocate for local built environment changes that promote health. More…

September 19, 2016

Ajo to Fight Chronic Disease, on Two Wheels
The town of Ajo in western Pima County is getting a special delivery of 48 bicycles on Tuesday, part of a project to promote public health.”This is to help prevent chronic disease such as diabetes, which we have a really high rate of in our town,” said Lily Williams, who works with Ajo’s Desert Senita Community Health Center. More…

September 14, 2016

Challenge Accepted: Henry County Tries to Step it Up to Five Wins
In a healthy competition, walkers took steps Saturday to make sure a traveling trophy remains in Henry County for the fifth time. Good turnout and dedicated participants have helped Henry County win the County Challenge Walk in each of the four previous years, according to Mona Huff, community organizer for the Kentucky Coalition for Healthy Communities. More…

September 9, 2016

Public Health Advocates In Indianapolis Want More Children To Walk To School
A few decades ago, almost half of all school kids walked or biked to school. Now, it’s down to one in 8, according to a 2009 study. Meanwhile, obesity has climbed, along with the health problems that go along with it. Walking and biking to school each day could help parents and kids get more exercise. But in some places, it’s not easy. More…

September 8, 2016

Tacoma Community Walk Highlights Hilltop’s Break from Troubled Past
Some know it as a notorious hotbed for crime, but Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood has been busy redefining itself. “Hilltop definitely has a history that people still hold on to,” said Tacoma Councilmember Keith Blocker, who led the community on a tour of the area. More…

September 8, 2016

Healthy Competition: Residents Asked to Step Up for OC Win
While statistics say that Oldham County is the healthiest in the state, on Sept. 10 residents will have the chance to physically prove it. All they need to do is walk. The Healthy Oldham County Walk was designed to interest people from all over the county, according to Madri Hall-Faul, who works with both the Kentucky Coalition for Healthy Communities and the Healthy Oldham County Coalition. More…

September 2, 2016

Jackson County Healthy Communities Coalition Showcasing Multi-Use Path, Farmer’s Market
Some may have watched the path being built along old Route 13 on Carbondale’s west side, and now residents can celebrate its completion at a special ceremony next Saturday. On Saturday, Sept. 10, members of the Jackson County Healthy Communities Coalition are partnering to promote access to physical activity and healthy nutrition — by encouraging community members to explore the new “multi-use path” and the nearby Carbondale Farmer’s Market. More…

September 1, 2016

Regional Community Coalitions Marrying Public Health, Planning: Plan4Health Partners Improving Health
In low-income neighborhoods of the metropolitan Boston area, corner stores may be the closest food option compared with a supermarket, but they are not always likely to be the healthiest. But thanks to a joint APHA and American Planning Association initiative, a coalition of regional planners and health advocates launched the Greater Boston Association of Convenience Stores, an alliance of storeowners working on solutions to sell fresh food at affordable prices. More…

August 25, 2016

Skateboarder Who Found a Way into the System May Help Change It
The 2012 Masters degree Ben Warner earned at the University of Washington-Tacoma was in Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. “They didn’t have a program called ‘skateboarding,’” Warner deadpanned.
Now 32, Warner has always lived in Tacoma, and skateboarded as long as he can remember. More…

August 15, 2016

F.R.E.S.H. Project Working so Everyone Has Access to Good Food (Page 11)
Many adults and children in our community are food insecure, meaning they don’t always have enough food, especially nutritious food, to eat. The members of the F.R.E.S.H. Project coalition – Shawano and Menominee Counties, UW Extension, the Ho-Chunk Nation’s Pac Haci community, the StockbridgeMunsee Community and the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin – are working together to change that. More…

August 5, 2016

Food Researchers Hungry for Answers
Consumer shopping and eating habits in Shawano County are coming under the microscope in a new survey that could help bring healthy food choices closer to home. The coalition behind a privately funded research project is asking residents countywide to take part in the survey about how they feed themselves and their families. More…

July 31, 2016

Program Doubles SNAP Dollars Spent At Farmers’ Market
The Downtown Community Farmers Market is making local food more accessible through a program called Double Up Food Bucks that doubles the value of SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits, formerly known as food stamps, to spend on fresh, locally grown produce. More…

July 15, 2016

Coalition Works To Improve Health Condition In County
Kentucky has the seventh worst health status in the nation, according to United Health Foundation. While diabetes and disabilities have risen throughout the state, physical exercise and adequate fruit and vegetable consumption have declined.The Kentucky Coalition for Healthy Communities (KCHC) is hoping to change those staggering statistics, Bullitt County Community Organizer Megan Ray said. More…

July 12, 2016

Farmer’s Market Takes Link, Helps Families Buy Local
Thousands of families turn to food assistance programs to help beat hunger at homes. Now, there’s a new option to get fresh produce locally through an area farmers market. More…

July 12, 2016

North Carolina’s Plan4Health Coalition Presents Regional Successes in Baltimore, MD
Katherine Hebert and Michelle Nance from the Centralina Council of Governments’ Health Solution Coalition attended a regional grantee meeting in Baltimore, Maryland for the American Planning Association’s Plan4Health grant. Awarded to the North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association in November 2015, this grant enables the Coalition to take a comprehensive approach to addressing barriers to physical activity in Charlotte neighborhoods most at risk for negative health outcomes. More…

July 10, 2016

Patel: Serving Austin’s Hungry Residents Requires Listening To Them
In a town that’s getting increasingly expensive, more and more Austinites have to make a grim choice: pay rent or feed their family. The result at the end of 2015 was that the number of hungry people in Austin was one in four. This epic level of food insecurity is both tragic and predictable. It is also far worse than anyone thought. More…

July 5, 2016

Kent County Health Planning Week
We need your help to learn how Kent County be a healthier place to live, work and play. Are new parks, trails or playgrounds needed? Where? How can access to fruits and vegetables be improved? Please join us at one (or all) of the event listed to share your experiences and ideas. More…

July 1, 2016

Kenosha Health Improvement Project Targets Large-Scale Health Improvements
This story features a coalition from the Partnering4Health project
Kenosha County ranks among the highest in Wisconsin on negative health measures including obesity, poor health, food insecurity, and poverty. These conditions have multiple detrimental long-term effects on individuals, families, community and economic development, the World Health Organization stated in 2014. A new effort, the Kenosha Health Improvement Project, is using the Socioecological Model to build an intervention and prevention program that will facilitate sustainable change. More…

June 19, 2016

Initiative Promotes Good-for-you Gas Station Meals
The 4-Way Quik Stop and Jackson County Health Department are teaming up to find creative solutions to tackle an ongoing health problem: the lack of easy access to healthy foods in some rural communities. More…

June 18, 2016

Hundreds Flip for Skateboarding at ‘Go Skate Tacoma Day’
Teens, tots and parents on skateboards filled Tollefson Plaza in downtown Tacoma Saturday, all in search of the perfect ride. It was “Go Skate Tacoma Day,” the fourth since 2011, sponsored by Alchemy Skateboarding. Alchemy is a Tacoma nonprofit group that operates an indoor skate space near Opera Alley in Tacoma and also works with area students to develop both life and skating skills. More…

June 17, 2016

Op-Alt: We Can Fix Baltimore’s Streets
As the Executive Director of Bikemore, Baltimore’s livable streets advocacy organization I was grateful to see the dangers people walking in Baltimore City face highlighted in the recent article entitled “Walk Hard: Baltimore is unsafe and unsympathetic to pedestrians.” At Bikemore, our daily work is spent shedding light on how vehicle traffic in Baltimore is often prioritized over the safety of human beings walking and riding bikes. These decisions not only decrease public safety but also our quality of life. More…

June 14, 2016

Dover to Receive Road Map to Becoming Healthier
The Delaware Chapter of the American Planning Association is trying to get Dover and Kent County – home of the majority of obese adults in the state – off the couch and snack foods and into better shape. More…

June 9, 2016

Walk Tacoma Wins At Walkable Washington
Tuesday, the 2016 Walkable Washington Symposium and Awards recognized Walk Tacoma, one of Downtown On the Go’s signature event series. The annual walk series highlighting downtown Tacoma, was one of only three programs honored statewide. More…

May 17, 2016

Kingston Marks ‘Bike to Work Week’ with Bicycle Racks at City Hall
Mayor Steven Noble often can be seen pedaling to work at City Hall, and now he and others who have business at the 420 Broadway building have a secure place to lock up their bikes. As part of Kingston’s “Bike to Work Week,” the city has installed a bike rack at City Hall. More…

May 15, 2016

Walkways: Moving Indy Forward Will Pay Off
I am extremely please that the Metropolitan Development Commission voted May 4 to adopt Indianapolis’ first pedestrian plan. Walkways: Moving Indy Forward will now be part of the city’s comprehensive plan. This is an exciting step forward for our city. More…

May 12, 2016

New Bike Rack Built By Murphysboro, IL Students
Murphysboro High School partnered with the Jackson County Healthy Communities Coalition, through the Plan4Health initiative, and built a new bike rack. The bike rack was customized to reflect the traditions of the city and it was built for the Murphysboro Middle School. More…

May 4, 2016

Commission Votes to Adopt Pedestrian Plan
The Metropolitan Development Commission voted in favor of adopting Indianapolis’ first pedestrian plan as part of the county’s comprehensive plan today. “This is significant because leaders now have the framework for prioritizing resources and making decisions that will have an impact on making neighborhoods more walkable,” said Kim Irwin, director of Health by Design. More…

April 30, 2016

Grand Opening and Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony & Walk for the New Multi-Use Path
Jackson County Plan4Health Promotes Physical Activity in Carbondale. Community partners promote physical activity through new changes in the environment. Members of the Jackson County Healthy Communities Coalition are partnering again to promote physical activity by encouraging community members to use the new multi-use path located in front of the University Mall on E. Main Street. More…

April 24, 2016

Healthy Tarrant County Collaboration / Plan4Health Tarrant County Receives Award
Healthy Tarrant County Collaboration / Plan4Health Tarrant County received the Dr. Ron J. Anderson Thinking Progressively for Health Award at the Texas Public Health Association’s state conference last week. More…

April 20, 2016

Carbondale Mid-week Farmers Market Opens Today in New Location
The Wednesday Community Farmers Market begins its second season from 3 to 6 p.m. today in a new location, North Washington Street, between Jackson and Oak streets. The new site is adjacent to Flyover Community Garden and close to many downtown Carbondale businesses. The city of Carbondale will close the street for vendors. Market organizers expect 10 to 15 vendors each week with a variety of locally-grown vegetables and fruits, sustainably raised meats and eggs, hand crafted soaps, artisan crafts and prepared foods. More…

April 19, 2016

APA President Carol Rhea: How We Can Create a Healthy Built Environment
Your health is impacted not only by your lifestyle behaviors, but also very much by the built environment – the community in which you live. According to a recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association where you live, regardless of wealth, can impact your longevity. More…

April 12, 2016

Survey Shows 79% Want to Bike More Often in Ajo
Several diverse organizations revolving around bicycling gathered in Ajo recently to analyze a survey of area cyclists and community members that was completed last month, and to brainstorm with local cycling enthusiasts to explore possibilities in promoting wellness and bicycling for transportation and recreation. More…

March 23, 2016

Tahoma to Tacoma Trails Network Could Deliver Major Results for Pierce County
Dixie Gatchel will turn 92 in May. Along with her husband, Clay, who died in 2005, Gatchel volunteered at Mount Rainier National Park for nearly 15 years, including a long stint running the park’s volunteer program. It’s just one notable accomplishment in a life spent, in large part, dedicated to enjoying the park and encouraging others to do the same. More…

March 21, 2016

Eat Healthy NKY Hosts Food Summit
The Eat Healthy NKY Food Summit will offer food for thought, quite literally, as guests will have the opportunity to sample foods and learn about healthy eating habits as well as local food production and preparation.“The goal is to bring together people throughout Northern Kentucky to begin the conversation that will spark positive change and promote healthy communities throughout our region,” said Mike Ionna, principal planner for Planning Development Services of Kenton County. More…

March 17, 2016

Thomas County goes from #6 to #2 in County Health Rankings in Kansas
Thomas County ranks the second healthiest in Kansas according to the seventh annual County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI). More…

March 9, 2016

Healthy Eating Research Releases 2016 Call for Proposals
Healthy Eating Research has released its 2016 Call for Proposals (CFP). This CFP is for two types of awards aimed at providing advocates, decision-makers, and policymakers with evidence to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic. The award types are Round 10 grants and RWJF New Connections grants awarded through the Healthy Eating Research program. More…

March 7, 2016

Eat Healthy NKY to Host Food Summit
Eat Healthy NKY will hold its inaugural Food Summit at Turkey Foot Middle School 3-8 p.m. Monday, March 28. The event will showcase healthy eating habits, local food production and food preparation in the region. More…

March 3, 2016

Healthy Food Issues Focus of Regional Food Summit
On Monday, March 28, Eat Healthy NKY will hold its inaugural Food Summit at Turkey Foot Middle School from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. to showcase healthy eating habits, local food production, and food preparation in our region.The free, family-friendly event will cover several topics, including how to eat healthy on the go, where to purchase local food, the benefits of school and community gardens, and a presentation on food policy and how can it improve our community’s quality of life. More…

March 3, 2016

Let’s Grow Akron’s Legacy Has Deep Neighborhood Roots
I bet you’ve seen them around town: signs next to empty lots containing well maintained gardens. The colorful “Let’s Grow Akron” signs exude happiness, putting to good use formally unused spaces, bringing together people in neighborhoods to grow their own food, providing education with a strong focus on preserving food and healthy food choices for children and families in the food deserts of Akron. More…

February 24, 2016

City to Mull Bike, Pedestrian Plans
Rick Schwertfeger, a Southwest Austin resident for 26 years, said he uses his bicycle primarily for fitness and recreation and occasionally takes his bike to streets south of William Cannon Drive. “Compared to a lot of cities we really have already a fairly good bicycling infrastructure … but I’m going to qualify [that] by saying I think [cycling on Austin streets] is dangerous,” he said. More…

February 24, 2016

Southern Illinois Municipalities Working to Make it Easier for Pedestrians and Cyclists
Sometimes people need to get from place to place without the assistance of a motor vehicle. In order to do so, those individuals need the infrastructure in place to make it possible to be mobile on two feet, or two wheels. Development Services Director for Carbondale Chris Wallace said there are exciting projects on the way on the city’s west side on top of what has already been done on the city’s east side. More…

February 15, 2016

Listen: Covington Corner Stores Aim to Become Healthier
In an effort to put healthier foods within reach of Covington residents, the Center for Great Neighborhoods has launched the Healthy Corner Store initiative, which is helping four of the city’s shops add fresh, frozen, and canned fruits and vegetables on their shelves. More…

February 3, 2016

Feedback Sought at Plan4Health Session on Intersections
Columbus residents will have a first look at the city’s ideas for improving pedestrian and bicycle pathways at the second Plan4Health open house next week. Columbus Regional Health’s Reach Healthy Communities program received a $125,000 Plan4Health grant from the American Planning Association last year to study and design improvements to the local pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure systems. The idea is to create a safer environment for walkers and cyclists, which promotes healthier lifestyles across Columbus. More…

February 1, 2016

Breaking Down Barriers – Parks and Recreation Connecting with Public Health
As park and recreation professionals increasingly come to regard themselves as part of a system of health providers in their communities, one of the challenges they face is the difficulty in making the connection to their counterparts in public health. More…

February 1, 2016

Coalitions Grow Under Plan4Health, Look to End Malnutrition, Inactivity
The Delaware Coalition for Healthy Eating and Active Living may have been around since 2008, but an APHA partnership with the American Planning Association will breathe new life into its mission. More…

January 29, 2016

Reconnecting Urban Planning and Public Health
Dubuque, Iowa, won a $31.5 million grant last week to flood-proof 320 houses and build a series of upgrades to its stormwater infrastructure, through HUD’s billion-dollar National Resilience Competition. Mary Rose Corrigan helped to make it happen, but she doesn’t work for the water department. She’s the city’s public health specialist. Corrigan is part of the growing movement to link public health to urban planning in cities. More…

January 28, 2016

The American Planning Association is Integrating Health and Planning
Since 1978, the American Planning Association (APA) has worked to advance the art and science of planning at the local, regional, state and national levels. APA provides leadership in the development of communities by advocating excellence in planning, promoting education and citizen empowerment, and providing the tools and support necessary to meet the challenges of growth and change. More…

January 27, 2016

New Regulations Could Bring More Fresh Produce Sales to Underserved Areas
Fresh produce could become more readily available in Fort Worth neighborhoods if changes to city regulations are approved. Amendments to both the City Code and the zoning ordinance for mobile vendors and pushcarts have been proposed to allow vendors to sell fresh produce in residential areas. More…

January 26, 2016

Fort Worth Appears Close to Allowing Mobile Fresh Food Vendors in Residential Areas
Getting fresh produce and fruits into underserved Fort Worth neighborhoods is on the horizon. Rather than seeing an ice cream cart being pushed down the sidewalk, residents could start seeing squash, lettuce and bananas rolling by. More…

January 25, 2016

Fort Worth Rolls Out Veggie-to-Curbside Delivery Service
Ice cream trucks may soon have competition on their neighborhood routes in the way of carrots and lettuce. A new plan moving forward in the city of Fort Worth would allow for mobile produce vendors to bring fresh vegetable and fruits right to your curb. Linda Fulmer, is the executive director of Healthy Tarrant County, one of the several agencies backing this plan. More…

January 20, 2016

Jackson Co. Health Dept. Sponsor Youth Skating Event
By seizing an opportunity, the Jackson County Health Department is encouraging kids to be active. Partners of the health department’s Plan4Health program are sponsoring a special youth event for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Carbondale. More…

January 3, 2016

You should get to know: Dylan Mullenix
As the assistant director of the Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, which provides regional planning assistance and funding to 20 local governments in the Greater Des Moines area, [Dylan Mullenix] oversees the day-to-day management of staff and the management of diverse planning projects, analytical research and grant programs. More…

December 2015

Council Member Hardin, Health Commissioner Dr. Long and Yay Bikes! Open City’s First Protected Bike Lanes on Summit Street
Yay Bikes! members and other cyclists joined Council member Shannon G. Hardin and Columbus Public Health Commissioner Dr. Teresa Long today to open the City’s first ever protected bike lanes on Summit Street between East Hudson Street and East 11thAvenue. The protected bike lanes are part of a project that is adding standard bike lanes to Summit Street between East 11th Avenue and I-670, and on North 4th Street between East Hudson Street and I-670 this year. The standard bike lanes will be extended on both streets through Downtown to East Fulton Street in 2016. More…

December 4, 2015

Eating Healthy Enough? Researchers Want to Know
Living in the nation’s breadbasket and surrounded by prolific farms, how could anyone in the Shawano area be lacking in food supplies? That is one of the questions in a new research project being launched by local officials who hope to determine why portionis of Shawano County and Menominee County are regarded as “food deserts.” More…

December 4, 2015

Here’s an idea for calming traffic: Get colorful!
A group in St. Louis wanted to make their neighborhood streets safer for biking and walking. They used colorful cones, art, and chalk to calm traffic for a day. Temporary projects like these, along with things like PARK(ing) Day, highlight ways to use road space for something other than cars. More…

November 26, 2015

Letter: In support of high-quality bicycling on Kingston’s Broadway
Dear Editor: I am a certified city planner and I support high-quality bicycle infrastructure on Broadway in Kingston. Why? Because I love my bicycle and I use it for transportation. In many urban areas, Kingston included, bicycling is simply the most efficient and most fun way of moving around. I bike 12 months of the year, at night, in the rain and in the cold and have done so for 20 years. Bicycling for transportation has saved me untold thousands of dollars, deepened my appreciation for communities and kept me in shape. More…

November 26, 2015

ACHIEVE Wellness Lake County Receives APA Grant
ACHIEVE Wellness Lake County has received $150,000 from the American Planning Association’s Plan4Health program to combat two determinants of chronic disease: lack of physical activity and lack of access to nutritious foods. “Many communities within Lake County are currently experiencing disparities in respect to food and nutrition, physical activity and health equity,” David Radachy, director of Lake County Planning and Community Development.” More…

November 25, 2015

Funding to Local Coalition will Combat Chronic Disease
Fresh foods will become more readily available to folks in southeast Fort Worth, thanks to a $135,000 grant from the American Planning Association. Building on the work of existing city plans and assessments, Plan4Health Tarrant County aims to improve access to local, fresh food in southeast Fort Worth by partnering with corner stores to strengthen healthy retail policies, and by helping to launch produce pushcarts and a mobile market to serve the community. More…

November 24, 2015

Pathways to Health Receives Grant
Pathways to Health, in partnership with the Oklahoma Chapter of the American Planning Association, has received a $150,000 grant from the American Planning Association. More…

November 19, 2015

Grant Will Fund Chronic Disease Prevention
A Umatilla County coalition will use $130,000 in grant money to find creative ways to prevent chronic disease. The American Planning Association awarded funds to a group called the Umatilla County Plan4Heath Initiative to combat two factors of chronic disease: physical inactivity and lack of access to nutritious foods. Plan4Health is a national, regional and local effort to create vibrant, healthy places. More…

November 19, 2015

Umatilla County Health Program Gets Fund Infusion
A three-year project aimed at strengthening community health for Umatilla County residents has received a funding shot in the arm. Meghan DeBolt, director of Umatilla County Public Health Department, said the county received a $130,000 grant from the American Planning Association through its Plan4Health program. More…

November 18, 2015

Creating Healthy, Lifelong Communities
The Centralina Health Solutions Coalition (CHSC) has received a $140,000 grant from the American Planning Association through its Plan4Health program to combat a major determinant of chronic disease—lack of physical activity. The CHSC is one of 18 grantees nationwide, and the only project from the southeast. More…

November 18, 2015

Centralina Health Solutions Coalition Receives Funding from the American Planning Association to Combat Chronic Disease
The Centralina Health Solutions Coalition has received a $140,000 grant from the American Planning Association through its Plan4Health program to combat two determinants of chronic disease—lack of physical activity and lack of access to nutritious foods. More…

November 18, 2015

The American Planning Association Provides Funding to 17 Additional Local Coalitions to Combat Chronic Disease
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 through the Plan4Health initiative. More…

November 18, 2015

Plan4Health Announces 17 New Coalitions, $2.25 Million Investment
Public health planning is spreading coast to coast. Plan4Health, a partnership between APHA and the American Planning Association, announced today $2.25 million in funding to 17 new, local coalitions to improve physical activity and access to nutritious foods — both of which help combat chronic disease. Plan4Health now supports 35 coalitions in neighborhoods, cities and counties across the U.S., with initial coalitions awarded in March. More…

November 15, 2015

LETTER: ‘Building a Better Broadway’ requires better reporting
Dear Editor: We are disappointed to read “Revisions to ‘Building a Better Broadway’ plan in Kingston do little to placate opponents,” Nov. 11, 2015, which continues your publication’s trend of factually incorrect reporting and misrepresentation of this important and well-designed study. More…

November 13, 2015

LETTER: ‘Better Broadway’ plan would make for a better Kingston
Dear Editor: Kingston seems poised for a renaissance driven largely by an influx of young people from the big city. To turn that potential into reality, we need to cultivate the qualities that make it a place where people want to be. Kingston was laid out for pedestrians and horse-driven traffic. It can shine and bustle in a way that a 20th-century, sprawling, highway metropolis never will. More…

November 10, 2015

Riverfront Reborn: Scioto Greenways Project is a Turning Point for Columbus
When Columbus residents gather Downtown this afternoon to celebrate the grand opening of the Scioto Greenways project, they will be recognizing a project that will define the city for generations. The transformation of the riverfront will come to be seen as a pivotal event in the city’s history, not only because it beautifies the heart of Columbus and provides residents with yet another civic amenity, but because it will drive the next great stage of Downtown development, the renaissance of Franklinton. More…

November 6, 2015

Columbus Experiments with Protected Bike Lanes
The protected bike lane that appeared along E. Livingston Avenue on Thursday was only temporary, but city officials hope to add more of them permanently on major thoroughfares around Columbus. Officials installed the protected lane along the westbound curb lane of E. Livingston Avenue between 18th and Ann streets as a demonstration, and asked bicyclists to test it out and provide feedback. More…

November 2, 2015

Obesity in the U.S.: Leveling Off, But At Too High a Rate
After years of headlines on the ‘obesity epidemic’, the number of Americans dealing with this condition is leveling off. Awareness has increased, nutrition improved, and programs have been put in place, but it remains a stubborn problem, with research showing connections to less-recognized issues like poverty, race, and stigma. More…

October 28, 2015

Do Our Streets Meet Our Communities’ Values?
For thousands of years, cities have been designed for people walking, children playing, neighbors gathering, and local businesses selling their wares. As new ways of getting around were created, humans scrambled to integrate this technology into the tradition of making communities built for walking. Over the last century, our cities have been taking part in a large experiment to design communities for cars, a technology that allows us to go much faster and take up more space. More…

October 24, 2015

Editorial: Walking to School Offers Kids Variety of Benefits
About 80 percent of students who lived within a mile of their school walked or biked to classes every day 50 years ago. Today, that number is down to 15 percent nationally. Health professionals call that trend alarming, which is why they are teaming up with national health advocates to get local young people up and moving. More…

October 23, 2015

Hospital Community Benefit: How Partnerships Can Support Healthy Communities
With the increased focus on broader determinants of health, health foundations are asked to think and act more expansively and creatively about how to support health. In many ways, public health is getting back to its roots in doing so: the idea that the basic building blocks of our neighborhoods and communities greatly influence our health. More…

October 22, 2015

Editorial: Art Walking Tour Connects Residents to City, Exercise
Education and exercise will intersect Saturday, providing a great opportunity for local residents to get a dose of both. Landmark Columbus, a group dedicated to preserving the look and legacy of art in Columbus, is hosting a walking tour to highlight some of the city’s prized public art. A tour guide will take a group of people on a crosstown walk to view 25 works of art and architecture in the city. If interest is great enough, a second 25-person tour will be arranged. More…

October 21, 2015

Groups Seek to Improve Nashua’s Walkability in Complete Streets Project for Pedestrians
Members of the Plan4Health Nashua coalition met Monday to discuss the Nashua Regional Planning Commission’s ongoing study on levels of walkability in Nashua. The study focuses on how comfortable people feel while traveling on foot through areas of the city. Monday morning, 18 community members from a wide range of groups met at City Hall and walked along the Nashua Heritage Rail Trail and discussed Plan4Health Nashua’s Complete Streets Project and improvement of the area’s walkability. More…

October 16, 2015

Paving the Way for Safer Routes to School
About 80 percent of students who lived within a mile of their school walked or biked to classes every day 50 years ago. Today, that number is down to 8 to 11 percent locally and 15 percent nationally. Health professionals in Bartholomew County said that trend is alarming, which is why they are teaming up with national health advocates to get local young people up and moving. More…

October 13, 2015

Annual Mill Race Marathon Kids Event Breaks Participation Record
More than 1,000 students crossed the finish line at last month’s Mill Race Marathon Kids’ Fun Run, breaking the participation records set during the 2013 and 2014 races. Children in preschool up to sixth grade were eligible to compete in the third annual event at Mill Race Park, which saw 1,286 registrations and 1,053 runners complete the race. That’s an improvement over the 959 finishers last year and the 857 finishers at the inaugural race. More…

October 13, 2015

Community Food Projects (CFP) Competitive Grants Program
In FY 2016 NIFA’s CFP intends to solicit applications and fund three types of grants. The types are entitled (1) Community Food Projects (CFP), (2) Planning Projects (PP) and (3) Training and Technical Assistance (T & TA) Projects. The primary goals of the CFP are to: More…

October 11, 2015

Institute Hopes to Make Columbus More ‘Livable’
Even with the bevy of walking and biking trails available in Columbus, local health leaders say there still are ways to make the city a healthier place. That’s why representatives from the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute are coming to Columbus this week to offer up new ideas for ways to design the city to promote overall health and wellness. More…

October 6, 2015

HEAL Partnership to Demonstrate Traffic Calming Strategies for Safer Walking IN St. Louis
The Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL) Partnership, the City of St. Louis Department of Health’s response to the growing rate of chronic disease mortality, will engage the community through pop-up traffic calming demonstrations to address walkability and highlight ways to build safer streets through traffic-calming strategies. More…

October 5, 2015

Out of Reach: Food Access in Ada County, ID
Some 48 million Americans who experience food insecurity worry daily about where they will get their next meal. Across the country, in both rural and urban areas, people lack the ability to acquire enough food to maintain an active, healthy lifestyle. Although many underlying factors contribute to the nation’s food security issues, the location of one’s home in relation to grocery stores and other food outlets that provide healthy, culturally appropriate and affordable sustenance is key. Simply put, just getting to our food can be a large barrier. More…

October 4, 2015

Nashua Schools Working on Fitness
When it comes to wellness, somewhere along the line the pendulum has swung too far in the unhealthy direction. The conveniences of hopping in a car, picking up fast food and eating on the run have become the way of life for many. Unfortunately, this has taken a toll on our health, particularly for our youth. More…

October 3, 2015

Walking Solves Many Issues; Why Do We Make it So Hard
Headlines remind us daily that Hoosiers are among the unhealthiest in the country. Studies point to a number of reasons, from bad diets and low levels of physical activity to poor air quality and too many chronic diseases. Proposed solutions run a similar gamut, from more health education and stronger attacks on unhealthy habits, to improved food availability and better public transportation. Obviously, this is a complex problem that won’t be solved with a single solution. Still, we know one single type of physical activity that can make a difference: walking. More…

October 2, 2015

Walktober Events Get Residents Outside, Moving
The air is crisp, the leaves are falling. It is October, the perfect time to take a walk on the tree-lined streets of Columbus. To capitalize on the quintessential fall weather, Columbus health advocates are sponsoring a month long Walktober event designed to get residents outside and moving. More…

September 29, 2015

What is Plan4Health? APHA and American Planning Association Explain Partnership
Public health is a team sport — and works best when it’s planned for. In a nutshell, that’s the idea behind Plan4Health — a partnership between APHA and the American Planning Association aiming to make communities healthier through the help of strategic partnerships. Funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Plan4Health’s 18 local coalitions — including APHA Affiliates and APA chapters — seek to improve health in two distinct ways: nutrition and physical fitness. More…

September 26, 2015

Plans Aim to Make Nashua Cycle-Friendly
Garabed Minasian knows Nashua is not such a friendly area to ride around on bicycles. In fact, he said Main Street is a pretty good place to smash into a car door. “If you notice, the lane on Main Street is a door-striker lane. You wouldn’t want to ride in that,” said Minasian, owner of Freewheel Cycles. “Someone opens up their car door, boom.” More…

September 14, 2015

Call for Proposals: Building Healthy Communities in the South & Appalachia
The Health Impact Project will award seven grants of up to $45,000 to help communities identify their most pressing health equity challenges and the factors outside of the health care sector that help drive them (for example, housing or education). Grantees will develop outcome-based goals and a clear, community-driven plan of action to improve health equity. More…

September 11, 2015

Deepening the Alliance Between the Planning and Public Health Professions
The Plan4Health program has provided an avenue for chapters of the American Public Health Association and the American Planning Association to fund and complete projects that improve the public health outcomes of the built environment. More…

September 11, 2015

Call to Action: Every Body Walk! Coallaborative Micro Grants
America Walks and the Every Body Walk! Collaborative are pleased to announce a new micro grant program designed to assist local walking advocates build on the momentum of the newly released Surgeon General’s Call to Action. This one time award will fund 10-15 community groups up to $2500.00 for activities designed to increase local walking programming and stimulate community demand for infrastructure improvements that provide accessible, safe walkable places for the entire community. Grant applications (link below) are due by 5:00pm EDT on October 15, 2015. More…

September 9, 2015

Share Why You #LoveYourWalk
The U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, MD, recently announced his Call to Action Promoting Walking and Walkable Communities. Planners create places that make it possible for people of all ages and abilities to lead healthy and physically active lives.oin APA and the Surgeon General by celebrating the qualities that make your community walkable. Show us what planners do to change people’s lives and how they make walkable places possible. More…

September 9, 2015

Walk this Way: Surgeon General Wants Americans Moving
Surgeon General Vivek Murthy has a prescription for the poor state of American health: a brisk walk.With half of Americans suffering from a chronic disease – and two-thirds overweight – Murthy wants the USA to make walking a priority.”I’m asking for individuals and communities across America to reclaim the culture of physical activity that we once had,” said Murthy, who released a “call to action” on walking Wednesday. “It’s not just a call for individuals to walk more, but for all of us to make communities more walkable.” More…

September 4, 2015

RWJF Culture of Health Prize: 2016 Call for Applications Now Open
When it comes to building a Culture of Health, the challenges are many and solutions seldom straightforward. However, evidence from community successes point to several key elements playing a vital role in catalyzing and sustaining positive change. Because the Prize recognizes whole communities, applicants must think beyond their own individual organizations and initiatives to what has been accomplished across the community. Up to 10 winning communities will each receive a $25,000 cash prize and have their success stories celebrated and shared broadly to inspire locally-driven change across the nation. Applications will be accepted August 10, 2015 through November 12, 2015 at 3pm ET. Communities should understand they are applying for a prize and not a grant. The Prize recognizes work that has already been accomplished. More…

August 27, 2015

Columbus Public Health Nationally Recognized as Bike Friendly Business
Columbus Public Health (CPH) recently received a Silver-level Bicycle Friendly Business Award from the League of American Bicyclist. CPH was one of 100 new or renewing members to join more than 1,000 cutting edge businesses, government agencies and Fortune 500 companies in 47 states and Washington, D.C. that are transforming the American workplace. More…

August 19, 2015

Plan4Health Initiative Open House Set for Aug. 27
The first public open house for the Plan4Health Initiative will be 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 27 at Donner Center. The initiative, established in partnership by the Centers for Disease Control, the American Planning Association and the American Public Health Association, encourages communities to implement innovative strategies to promote daily physical activity. More…

August 6, 2015

How $500 Million Turned Car-Centric Indianapolis Into a More Walkable City
Low-slung homes, green lawns and no sidewalks: Many neighborhoods just outside downtown Indianapolis showcase the suburban ideal of the 1950s and 1960s. Developed at the height of the automobile, they made Indiana’s capital city a car-centric town. Paths are sometimes worn through the grass like an urban trail, a stripe of pounded dirt cutting through the green that marks how residents have nonetheless found a way to walk their dogs and visit their neighbors on foot. More…

August 3, 2015

Plan4Health: Planning Makes Public Health a Team Sport
Public health is many things. It’s prevention, it’s preparedness — and it’s certainly planning. Plan4Health, a partnership between APHA and the American Planning Association, is bringing the intersection of public health and planning to communities nationwide. Funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Plan4Health supports 18 local coalitions — including APHA Affiliate groups and APA chapters — to improve health in two distinct ways: nutrition and physical fitness. More...

August 1, 2015

APHA Partnering to Promote Public Health, Planning Throughout US
From a program promoting walking in Indianapolis, to efforts to stock Linn County, Iowa, food pantries with nutritious foods, more than a dozen coalitions across the U.S. are making public health a planning priority, thanks to APHA and the American Planning Association. More…

June 23, 2015

Making the Connection Between Health and Transportation
Say the words health and transportation and two sets of very distinct images are likely to come to mind. But Akron and Summit County officials are working to change this so that the infrastructure decisions that are made actually promote public health. In May a series of forums got underway in Akron designed to educate residents about the role transportation plays in their overall well-being. More…

June 22, 2015

MORPC, Yay Bikes! Launch Ride Buddy to get More People to Bike to Work
The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission has teamed up with a local nonprofit to boost the number of people who ride their bikes for transportation. Yay Bikes!, which promotes bike ridership, is working with MORPC on a program called Ride Buddy. It’s free and open to anyone who works or lives downtown. More…

June 4, 2015

Allied Drive Residents Move Forward with Buying Club to Address Food Access
As the city of Madison solicits proposals for establishing a grocery store in the Allied Drive neighborhood, it has not drawn much interest from full-scale grocers. But the Allied Community Cooperative is already moving forward with a creative way to address the neighborhood’s long-standing struggle with food access. The cooperative has been working with the Williamson Street Grocery Co-op and Divine Orders Catering to develop a purchasing club of neighborhood residents and to eventually establish a small grocery cooperative store. More…

May 16, 2015

More than 70 Cyclists Participate in Annual Bike to Work Day
Bike riders from around the city raised awareness about healthy lifestyles while using their morning commutes for exercise. Columbus hosted its 10th annual Bike to Work Day on Friday as part of a national campaign to raise awareness about the benefits of bike riding. Throughout May, employees are encouraged to leave their cars behind and pedal to the office. More…

May 12, 2015

Sparkler Award honors Kane health department partners
In a ceremony last week, the Kane County partners involved in the county health department’s community health assessment received the first-ever Sparkler Award in the category of innovation, according to a Kane County Health Department news release. More…

April 22, 2015

Editorial: Grant Reflects Reach Healthy Communities’ Importance
The importance and effects of Reach Healthy Communities in Bartholomew County can again be seen with the latest grant it has secured – which will aid the People Trails, public safety and physical activity. Reach Healthy Communities received a $125,000 grant from the American Planning Association, which divided $2.25 million in federal funding to 18 communities through its Plan4Health initiative. The initiative’s goal is to address the causes of heart disease: lack of access to nutritious foods and lack of physical activity. More…

April 2, 2015

Live Well Kingston Receives $125,000 Grant
The Live Well Kingston Coalition has received a $125,000 grant with the goal of getting people moving and healthy. Time Warner Cable News reporter Candace Dunkley explains how the group plans to use the money to fight chronic disease. More…

March 30, 2015

Lack of Nutritious Food, Physical Activity in Kenton Co. to be Addressed by $135,000 Grant
The Kenton County Plan4Health Coalition has received a $135,000 grant from the American Planning Association through its Plan4Health program to combat two determinants of chronic disease—lack of physical activity and lack of access to nutritious foods. Plan4Health is a 15-month program that strengthens the connection between planning and public health. More…

March 27, 2015

Indiana Health Groups Land National Grants
Indianapolis and Columbus, Ind. — Two Indiana groups are among 18 nationally to receive grants from the American Planning Association to combat the underlying causes of chronic disease and raise health and wellness awareness in communities. More…

March 27, 2015

Eastern Highlands Health District Receives Grant to Combat Chronic Diseases
The Eastern Highlands Health District Community Health Action Response Team has received a $100,000 grant from the American Planning Association through its Plan4Health program to combat two causes of chronic disease — lack of physical activity and lack of access to nutritious foods. More…

March 25, 2015

B-Well Bensenville Plan4Health Coalition Receives Grant Funding from the American Planning Association to Combat Chronic Disease
The B-Well Bensenville Plan4Health Coalition has received a $120,000 grant from the American Planning Association (APA) through its Plan4Health program to combat two determinants of chronic disease – lack of physical activity and lack of access to nutritious foods. More…

March 24, 2015

Grant Awarded to Promote Walkable Streets in Nashua
The Gate City is one of 18 communities throughout the nation to be awarded a new grant geared to improve access to physical activity and walkable streets. The American Planning Association has selected Nashua for a $125,000 grant to support health equity and safe roadways for pedestrians and cyclists. More…

March 24, 2015

The American Planning Association Provides Grants to 18 Local Coalitions to Combat Chronic Disease
The American Planning Association (APA) has provided $2.25 million in grant money to 18 local coalitions around the United States through its Plan4Health initiative to combat two major determinants of chronic disease — lack of physical activity and lack of access to nutritious foods. More…

March 23, 2015

Kane County Will Receive National Award for Planning
Kane County will be receiving a national award for the Kane County Planning Cooperative as one of the implementation strategies for the 2040 Plan, integrating health, transportation and land-use planning. More…

September 25, 2014

Grant Funding Strengthens the Connection Between Planning and Public Health
The American Planning Association (APA) is receiving year-one funding totaling $2.9 million from a grant provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help communities improve overall health and prevent chronic disease. More…