January 17, 2017 4:29 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Dangerous by Design

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Smart Growth America announces Dangerous by Design 2016: Between 2005 and 2014, a total of 46,149 people were struck and killed by cars while walking. That averages out to about 13 people per day. Each one of those people was a child, parent, friend, classmate, or neighbor. And these tragedies occurred across the country—in small towns […]

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December 20, 2016 5:11 PMCategory: Physical Activity

The Benefits of Complete Streets

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  This piece was originally distributed as a news release by the Department of Health & Wellness in Atlanta, GA. ATLANTA – December 14, 2016 – As the movement to invest in infrastructure improvements across Fulton County gains fresh momentum following passage of the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax for Transportation Purposes (TSPLOST) ballot measure […]

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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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April 18, 2016 1:55 PMCategory: Physical Activity

An Active Transportation Plan and Complete Streets Policy in Bensenville, Illinois

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In Bensenville, Illinois, a suburb about 17 miles outside of Chicago, a coalition of planning and public health professionals leveraged the Plan4Health grant funds to implement an Active Transportation Plan and Complete Streets policy. Members of the coalition had been working for years to incorporate an active transportation component into the village’s comprehensive plan — […]

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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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January 14, 2016 6:10 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Adopting a Complete Streets Policy: Lessons Learned from Swanzey

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This entry is adapted from New Hampshire’s Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) January newsletter. The power of partnerships is something that Plan4Health coalitions exhibit in many aspects of their work, collaborating with people from many sectors to work towards common goals. Partnering across programs is a way to amplify changes and is a display of true collaboration. A […]

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September 9, 2015 5:01 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Testing Bicycle-Friendliness in Nashua

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The Directors of Health Promotion and Education recently shared some news about different strategies that Plan4Health coalition partners are using to increase access for physical activity in cities. Learn how Plan4Health Nashua in New Hampshire is using big data to improve bikeability. Reposted from Plan4Health Newsletter What’s happening in Nashua? The Nashua Regional Planning Commission […]

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September 2, 2015 7:24 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Building a Healthy Community with B-Well Bensenville

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Plan4Health’s initiative in Bensenville, Illinois is committed to increasing physical activity opportunities for residents — making this village just outside of Chicago a destination for walkers and bicyclists! Launched in May 2014, the B-Well Bensenville coalition works to connect residents to healthy activities and to integrate planning and public health strategies. During the initial months of […]

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July 13, 2015 10:34 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Complete Streets to Promote Physical Activity

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Interested in designing “complete streets” for your community but not sure where to start? Here’s a slideshow of Dangerously Incomplete Streets that provides visual examples on how to assess your current streets and intersections. Thanks to the Eastern Highlands Health District of the Connecticut Plan4Health coalition for sharing this link! Studies are showing the importance of complete […]

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