March 20, 2017 11:53 AMCategory: Health Equity

Greater Good Studio to Launch Social Labs Project to Build Healthier Communities for Children

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Check out Greater Good Studio’s recent press release to learn more about the launch of Raising Places: Greater Good Studio (GGS), a human-centered design firm focused on social impact, announced the launch of Raising Places, a new project supported by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The project uses a labs-based approach to […]

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March 16, 2017 9:00 AMCategory: Health Equity

Infinite Earth Radio Podcast features Plan4Health

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  Plan4Health was recently featured on the Infinite Earth Radio podcast- listen to the episode here! The Infinite Earth Radio podcast is a weekly podcast produced by Skeo in association with the Local Government Commission. Infinite Earth Radio is committed to spreading ideas that lift up and revitalize marginalized neighborhoods and build great 21st century […]

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February 13, 2017 2:01 PMCategory: Health Equity

Planners4Health Session One: Assessing the Healthy Communities Landscape

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On Wednesday, February 8th, close to 300 people participated in the first webinar in the Planners4Health Curriculum series. The session focused on the healthy communities movement, including approaches to evaluating the political, social, and economic landscape of the healthy communities movement. The panelists, from Prevention Institute, the Public Health Alliance of Southern California, and the […]

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January 10, 2017 3:15 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

New Plan4Health Podcasts

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Delaware Coalition for Healthy Eating and Active Living: The Delaware Coalition for Healthy Eating and Active Living is working to include health and equity elements when updating comprehensive plans within the state. This podcast features an interview with David Edgell, AICP, Project Lead for Plan4Health for the Delaware Chapter of the American Planning Association, and […]

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November 29, 2016 2:08 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Healthline Feature on Urban Planning for Health

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Earlier this month, Healthline shared an article about the role urban planning plays in creating healthier communities. The piece touches upon the historical context of planning for health, includes commentary from individuals benefiting from healthy planning, and highlights the work of APA’s Planning and Community Health Center and Plan4Health. Read the full article here.

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November 10, 2016 2:18 PMCategory: Health Equity, Physical Activity

Healthy Communities Coalition receives award from Montana Public Health

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The Healthy Communities Coalition won an award from the Montana Public Health Association for the multifaceted local group’s dedicated work to reducing chronic disease and improving health in the Helena area. The Coalition received the highest award from the Montana Public Health Association for its ongoing contributions to improving public health statewide. Here, some of the members […]

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April 13, 2016 8:04 AMCategory: Nutrition

At the Intersection of Planning and Public Health: Kane County, Illinois

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The Kane County Planning Cooperative received a 2016 National Planning Achievement Award for A Best Practice for its work to implement the Kane County 2040 Plan “Healthy People, Healthy Living, Healthy Communities.” Kane County is also one of the Plan4Health coalitions working to improve access to healthy food in the community. Kane County Plan4Health coalition members hosted a Sunday National Planning Conference sessioon […]

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March 8, 2016 6:24 PMCategory: Nutrition

March is National Nutrition Month

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The chronic disease burden throughout the nation is staggering. In the U.S. nearly 35 percent of adults and 17 percent of children and adolescents aged 2-19 years are classified as obese (CDC, 2015; CDC, 2015). Nearly 29.1 million people in the U.S. have diabetes and two-thirds of adults in the U.S. can be categorized as either […]

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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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February 16, 2016 9:00 AMCategory: Physical Activity

Walk This Way

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WALKSacramento and the Design 4 Active Sacramento Coalition are working on multiple fronts to improve walkability and health across South Sacramento neighborhoods. The Plan4Health coalition’s efforts are enhanced and complemented by the California Endowment’s work to improve the health of 14 challenged communities across the state of California through their Building Healthy Communities initiative. Collaborating […]

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January 20, 2016 8:54 PMCategory: Physical Activity

National Association of Realtors Highlights Walkable Communities

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The Winter 2016 issue of On Common Ground, published by the National Association of Realtors, is all about designing healthy communities. The first article, “Walkable Communities: The prescription for better health,” features Plan4Health as one example of efforts to change the built environment to enable walkability. Plan4Health and its collaboration between APA and APHA combats […]

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September 17, 2015 1:45 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

6 Tools for Building Healthier Communities

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Plan4Health is all about building healthier communities. Eighteen Plan4Health coalitions are currently working with residents to expand community gardens, bring health elements to citywide plans, make walking to school safe — and more! While Plan4Health coalitions might make it look easy, we know that impacting health across neighborhoods, cities, counties, and even entire regions can feel a […]

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