August 25, 2016 2:06 PMCategory: Physical Activity

The 4 Ways Urban Parks Bring Value to City Life

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This post was originally featured here on the APA blog. Urban parks are dynamic institutions that play a vital role in the social, economic and physical well-being of America’s cities and their residents. Since the mid-19th century, with the introduction of large-scale park landscapes in cities like New York, Boston, Louisville, Chicago, Minneapolis, Washington, D.C., […]

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April 22, 2016 8:00 AMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

Cohort II Spotlight: Eagle County, Colorado

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This post was written by Katie Haas and Kris Valdez. The Healthy Communities Coalition of Eagle County, Colorado, is a Plan4Health coalition with Cohort Two. Over the course of the project, the coalition will pilot a program encouraging community members to play an active role in supporting healthy eating and active living programs and policies. Eagle County […]

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March 3, 2016 7:00 AMCategory: Physical Activity

Tactical Urbanism

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Tactical urbanism is a mechanism for changing the built environment in a fluid and meaningful way. Creative approaches to uplifting and recycling existing resources can result in more engaged community members and a different lens through which to view existing common spaces. Tactical urbanism also provides an alternative to barriers such as cost or political […]

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February 26, 2016 9:00 AMCategory: Nutrition

Food Systems for Healthy Places

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The content in this post comes from the Georgia Tech Built Environment and Public Health Clearinghouse “Food Systems for Healthy Places” blog post by Alfonso Morales, PhD. The built environment, food systems, and health are intricately connected in today’s world. Read below for an overview of three projects seeking to improve food systems on a variety […]

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January 6, 2016 10:22 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Planning Play for All

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This entry was written by KaBOOM! We at KaBOOM! think that multi-generational play is one of the best ways to provide all people, regardless of age, opportunities to be active.  We believe that when the built environment is family-friendly and offers opportunities for family members of all ages to engage in playful activities, parents are […]

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August 4, 2015 6:40 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

Healthy Happenings

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These posts are intended to share news related to public health and planning — and showcase collaborative projects happening across the nation. Many of these projects are looking at designing healthy places, which include active modes of transportation and increasing access to healthy foods. Stay tuned for more updates about the movement to build healthy, vibrant places […]

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