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. As the first study to investigate the relationship between city design and physical activity on an international scale, the results bolster existing evidence on the link between active cities and healthy people across the world. To learn more, read this blog post on Active Living Research by Jim Sallis or read the entire article.
Food Systems: The Union of Concerned Scientists recently released a report — “The Devastating Consequences of Unequal Food Access: The Role of Race and Income in Diabetes” — showing that living near healthy food retailers is associated with lower diabetes rates. This relationship is seen across the United States and magnified in communities of color. The report outlines findings and possible solutions to the complex problem of unequal access to healthy food across the country. It is the second in a series focused on food policy as part of the Plate of the Union campaign. Read the report and learn more about Plate of the Union.
Plan4Health coalitions are working in communities across the country to address active living access to healthy foods. Check out the Peer Learning Network — listen to podcasts and watch videos and mini-webinars to learn directly from planning and public health professionals about their work towards a healthier built environment.
Photo from Plan4Health Columbus, Indiana.