February 17, 2017 3:52 PMCategory: Physical Activity

CDC Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity:  Physical Activity Highlights

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Map Series, Complete Streets Policies — 2006 to 2015 Click here to view the maps — Complete Streets Policies in the United States, 2006—2015 This series of maps displays the progression in the adoption of state-level and local- or regional-level Complete Streets policies in the United States from 2006 through 2015. Source:  National Complete Streets […]

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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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December 13, 2016 2:28 PMCategory: Nutrition

APHA Diabetes Storify

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Approximately 10 percent of people in the U.S. have diabetes, but 1 out of 4 don’t know it. When diabetes goes undiagnosed, it can cause other serious health problems. Diabetes is a chronic disease caused when the body cannot produce or use insulin efficiently, making it harder to maintain appropriate glucose levels in the blood […]

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August 24, 2016 3:33 PMCategory: Health Equity, Nutrition, Physical Activity

Planners4Health – funding for APA Chapters

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  APA will use third-year funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for Planners4Health — an offshoot of the Plan4Health project that will concentrate on education, capacity building, and planning for healthy communities within APA chapters. All 47 APA chapters are eligible to apply for grants (to average $40,000) for projects to take place in early 2017. […]

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August 16, 2016 5:24 PMCategory: Health Equity

Sacramento Regional Meeting Recap

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This past week Plan4Health coalitions from around the country came together in Sacramento to participate in a multi-faceted meeting over the course of three days. Here, attendees had opportunities to meet and learn from one another as well as many guest speakers, share experiences and get out in the community to see the impact of […]

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July 19, 2016 1:14 PMCategory: Health Equity

CDC Celebrates Seven Decades of Firsts

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On July 1, 1946, what was then known as the Communicable Disease Center (CDC), was founded as part of the United States Public Health Service with an initial focus on fighting malaria. Today, known as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the CDC is a global leader in public health and the premiere health […]

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December 10, 2015 5:00 AMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

Fighting Obesity in U.S. Cities

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In a recent Guardian article, “Violence, climate change, obesity: world’s cities face growing health risks,” obesity is one of the major challenges facing cities around the world. Cities here in the United States are no exception; more than one-third of U.S. adults are obese according to the CDC. But communities — rural and urban — […]

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December 8, 2015 9:20 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

Planning for the Future: Sustainability

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Understanding the importance of sustainability and preparing to carry a project forward are important factors that should be considered from the beginning of a project. The CDC defines sustainability as a community’s ongoing capacity and resolve to work together to establish, advance, and maintain effective strategies that continuously improve health and quality of life for all. It’s […]

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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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July 20, 2015 7:38 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

An Emerging Planner’s Perspective on HIAs: Part One

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This marks my sixth week since beginning a summer internship at the American Planning Association with the Planning and Community Health (PCH) Center in Washington, D.C. Within these last five weeks I’ve been exposed to a whirlwind of information, events, conference calls, and meetings. I feel very privileged to have this opportunity to come to “work” […]

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