April 3, 2017 2:12 PMCategory: Health Equity

National Public Health Week 2017

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Today is the first day of National Public Health Week (NPHW) 2017 and we hope you’re excited!  This year’s NPHW will take place from April 3-9.  We are celebrating NPHW and bringing together communities across the U.S. to recognize the contributions of public health and educate the community on important issues for improving the health of […]

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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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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 1, 2017 10:36 AMCategory: Health Equity

January 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 January:     January 3: Gun violence should be treated as a public health crisis, study says January 4: APHA to Congress: We oppose repeal of Affordable […]

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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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December 29, 2016 1:41 PMCategory: Health Equity

Resources – What’s available on the Plan4Health website?

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As 2016 draws to a close, Plan4Health continues to share new resources, news, and information about the project on the website. The website contains dedicated pages for each coalition as well as information on the national partnership between APA and APHA and a library of resources. A key aspect of the project is making sure the Plan4Health […]

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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 15, 2016 2:08 PMCategory: Health Equity

APHA Launches Campaign for National Public Health Week 2017

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With more than 11,000 public health advocates and professionals in Denver for the 2016 APHA Annual Meeting & Expo, APHA excitedly announced the launch of National Public Health Week (NPHW) 2017. Taking advantage of the attention and rapt audience, NPHW was featured in the APHA Annual Meeting Blog during the meeting. Read the story, NPHW […]

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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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October 25, 2016 12:46 PMCategory: Health Equity

The APHA Annual Meeting Begins this Weekend!

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APHA’s 2016 Annual Meeting and Expo, themed ‘Creating the Healthiest Nation: Ensuring the Right to Health’, is just a few days away and thousands of public health advocates and practitioners are preparing to arrive in Denver. Make sure to check out the online schedule and digital program for a complete list of events set to take place. Of note, […]

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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 18, 2015 4:12 PMCategory:

The American Planning Association Provides Funding to 17 Additional Local Coalitions to Combat Chronic Disease

The American Planning Association Provides Funding to 17 Additional Local Coalitions  to Combat Chronic Disease 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 […]

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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 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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