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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February 9, 2016 3:23 PMCategory: Nutrition

Increasing Healthy Food Access Through Mobile Vending

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Increasing access to healthy food is major issue in the U.S. and a key focus for many of the Plan4Health coalitions. Plan4Health Tarrant County, from Fort Worth, Texas, is thinking of creative ways to increase access to healthy foods in an area where many residents live within identified food deserts with high numbers of unhealthy food […]

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January 28, 2016 9:31 PMCategory: Physical Activity

APA’s Community Planning Assistance Teams

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  The American Planning Association’s professional institute — the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) — engages community members through the Community Planning Assistance Teams (CPAT) program. CPAT is a pro bono technical assistance program designed to engage residents, key stakeholders, and local officials to address a range of challenges that communities face. The program is […]

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December 22, 2015 8:31 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Transit Adventures in Austin

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Austin’s Plan4Health Pilot Program has demonstrated an exceptional ability to engage community partners and achieve cross-sector buy-in throughout the community. City staff were invited to attend a local neighborhood association meeting and spoke about different opportunities within the community — including some creative new ideas, like transit adventures. Here’s a scenario: You need to get downtown but […]

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November 18, 2015 3:36 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

Plan4Health Stories of Success

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It wasn’t long ago that Plan4Health coalitions began to implement project strategies and it’s been exciting to see all of the progress that has been made. To highlight the great work that’s being done, success stories were made for all 18 coalitions. Each story, as well as one from the national partnership between APA and APHA, […]

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September 28, 2015 7:17 PMCategory: Physical Activity

10 Ways to Celebrate National Community Planning Month

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October is National Community Planning Month — and this year’s theme is Healthy Communities, Healthy People. Check out 10 ways to celebrate National Community Planning Month from APA’s communications team. For more information, visit the National Community Planning Month resource center. The achievements of planning are celebrated in October with National Community Planning Month. This […]

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September 10, 2015 5:30 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

WANTED: Healthy Communities. REWARD: $25,000.

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The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Culture of Health Prize is now accepting applications from all U.S. communities that are working toward better health. Communities have until November 12, 2015, to submit an application for a chance to win a $25,000 prize for their efforts. Building a Culture of Health The RWJF Culture of Health Prize recognizes […]

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August 14, 2015 4:32 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

Talking about the Social Determinants of Health

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Where we live, learn, work and play impacts our health. As planners and public health professionals, we understand this, but sometimes it’s just plain hard to talk about. Using technical terminology while engaging with the general public or policy officials can lead to misunderstandings — or even inhibit relationship building. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation […]

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July 23, 2015 6:00 AMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

An Emerging Planner’s Perspective on HIAs: Part Two

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The American Planning Association defines planning as: Planning, also called urban planning or city and regional planning, is a dynamic profession that works to improve the welfare of people and their communities by creating more convenient, equitable, healthful, efficient, and attractive places for present and future generations. Health Impact Assessments are one tool that can be […]

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July 17, 2015 8:13 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

Support for Community Health Programs — Call to Action!

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We know that where we live impacts all aspects of our health.  As planners and public health professionals, we want to engage our communities to make changes that will lead to healthier places—and we want to continue to support programs like Plan4Health! Congress is facing many competing budget requests and we are working to share […]

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