January 5, 2017 2:52 PMCategory: Health Equity, Physical Activity

Vitamin P: Tapping the Power of Place to Keep Us All Healthy

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The American Planning Association was featured in the article Vitamin P: Tapping the Power of Place to Keep Us All Healthy by Jay Walljasper. See below for an excerpt from the article, and read the entire piece here. — Walking is such a great way to stay healthy that US Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy […]

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December 27, 2016 9:00 AMCategory: Physical Activity

Bike Ajo

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Bike Ajo has created a sustainable bicycling hub that educates, trains, provides resources, and builds health-based partnerships with the Ajo community. The primary health focus of Bike Ajo is to connect bicycling with diabetes and chronic disease prevention efforts. The asset-based coalition is led by community health workers and Ajo residents and includes many partners. Interested […]

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December 8, 2016 3:48 PMCategory: Physical Activity

PBCI Quarterly Newsletter

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Interested in learning more about the latest in pedestrian and bicycle news? Check out the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center’s Fall 2016 e-newsletter. It is full of news stories, policy, systems, and environmental change resources, and information about upcoming events. Read the full issue here!

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October 5, 2016 2:02 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Walk and Bike to School Day

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Today is the 20th anniversary of National Walk and Bike to School Day and this morning thousands of students, parents, and community leaders across the country used active transportation to travel to school. Interested in learning more about the Walk to School Day? Leverage this communications packet all about this national observance and be sure […]

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September 22, 2016 2:45 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Healthy Streets with ChangeLab Solutions

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Ever wonder how street design can improve health? Curious how transportation systems can make places not only more connected but also more equitable? Street design can, and should, make it safer and easier for people in every neighborhood to get around, whether they’re biking, walking, taking transit, or driving. With CDC support, ChangeLab Solutions has […]

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July 12, 2016 2:24 PMCategory: Health Equity, Physical Activity

Partnering with GirlForward in Austin, TX

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Girl Forward, a program that provides refugee girls with individual mentorship, educational programs and leadership opportunities, strives to create a community of support that serves as a resource and empowers girls to be strong, confident and independent so that they grow into women who can successfully support themselves, their families and their community. Visit the organizations […]

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May 12, 2016 1:16 PMCategory: Physical Activity

May is National Bike Month

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  May 4th was National Bike to School Day, but it is not too late to celebrate the power of bicycles and their place in our communities – May is National Bike Month! The League of American Bicyclists has sponsored this observance since 1956 and showcases the many benefits of bicycling while encouraging people to try it out. Learn […]

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May 4, 2016 10:00 AMCategory: Physical Activity

National Bike to School Day

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Did you know that today, May 4, is National Bike to School Day? Join schools across the country as they celebrate and take steps towards changing community culture. Five reasons to support walking and biking to school are: To have fun! Biking to school creates healthier habits Active transportation helps clean up the environment To […]

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April 4, 2016 6:02 PMCategory: Physical Activity

RWJF Opens Streets to Build a Culture of Health

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This post was written by Sharon Roerty, a Senior Program Officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and originally posted on Move!, the Active Living Research blog. Sharon spoke to Plan4Health coalitions and APA Healthy Community Interest Group members at APA’s National Planning Conference in Phoenix on Sunday, April 3rd. Learn more about how opening up […]

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February 24, 2016 6:53 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

February is American Heart Month

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February is American Heart Month, and the American Heart Association has been sponsoring this national reminder about the importance of heart health for over 50 years. Heart disease is a major issue for both men and women in the U.S. and abroad. Each year, 25 percent of deaths in the U.S. and 17.3 million deaths worldwide can […]

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November 24, 2015 5:00 AMCategory: Physical Activity

10 Towns, One Coalition: Planning in Rural Communities

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Founded in 2010, the Eastern Highlands (Connecticut) Health District Community Health Action Response Team’s (CHART) mission is to create healthy communities through policy, systems, environmental changes and health promotion programming; making healthy living easy. The 10-town territory covered by the CHART coalition has many beautiful features, including parks, trails, and expansive natural areas. The 80,000 residents of these […]

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August 28, 2015 5:46 PMCategory: Physical Activity

The Bike-Share Boom

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In just a few years, bike-share programs have popped up in cities across the world. It is estimated that by 2017, a majority of the world’s population will live in cities, so bike-shares are becoming more relevant to more people each and every day. Densely populated cities have catalyzed the recent bike-share boom and have […]

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August 11, 2015 6:19 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Indianapolis Plus $500 Million Equals a More Walkable City

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Indianapolis is taking huge leaps in its efforts to increase infrastructure for walking and biking throughout the city. A recent Next City article, How $500 Million Turned Car-Centric Indianapolis Into a More Walkable City, talks about the city’s success and continuing efforts along with the recent Plan4Health grant provided to Health by Design: And this spring, Health […]

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July 15, 2015 3:18 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Plan4Health Coalition Update: St. Louis

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Trailnet of St. Louis, Missouri, has recently shared some news about bicycle and pedestrian planning.  Community meetings, walking tours, and “pop-up traffic calming” demonstrations are initial Plan4Health grant activities to create a more active St. Louis! Reposted from Trailnet’s News St. Louisans are fortunate to enjoy lush greenspace in our numerous parks, fine food offered through restaurants […]

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July 7, 2015 10:32 AMCategory: Physical Activity

10 Ways to Create a More Active City

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The verdict is in: Cities designed to encourage active lifestyles can really pay off in terms of overall health and well-being. What are cities doing to help people live more healthy lives? Recently, Designed to Move released their Active Cities Report, a guide for city leaders. They found that cities that are designed to encourage […]

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