January 5, 2017 2:52 PMCategory: Health Equity, Physical Activity

Vitamin P: Tapping the Power of Place to Keep Us All Healthy

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The American Planning Association was featured in the article Vitamin P: Tapping the Power of Place to Keep Us All Healthy by Jay Walljasper. See below for an excerpt from the article, and read the entire piece here. — Walking is such a great way to stay healthy that US Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy […]

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December 8, 2016 3:48 PMCategory: Physical Activity

PBCI Quarterly Newsletter

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Interested in learning more about the latest in pedestrian and bicycle news? Check out the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center’s Fall 2016 e-newsletter. It is full of news stories, policy, systems, and environmental change resources, and information about upcoming events. Read the full issue here!

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November 22, 2016 1:30 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Get Moving with APHA’s Steps Challenge

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For the second year in a row APHA will coordinate a steps challenge to encourage physical activity and strive for the goal of reaching one billion collective steps. The challenge, appropriately named APHA’s 1 Billion Steps Challenge, is open to everyone and is supported by StrideKick, who has once again offered users free access to […]

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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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August 30, 2016 5:40 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Walk Audits in Austin

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Walk audits are an excellent tool to critically evaluate the safety, comfort, and aesthetics of a street’s walkable landscape. These facilitated walks are meant for interdisciplinary groups of community stakeholders with the following goals in mind: To guide people to experience and assess the physical activity and healthy eating “friendliness” of an area. To inspire and […]

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May 23, 2016 12:58 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Indianapolis’ First Master Pedestrian Plan Moves Indy Forward

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  Earlier this month, on May 4th, the Metropolitan Development Commission in Indianapolis voted to adopt the pedestrian plan that was at the center of the work pursued by the Indianapolis Plan4Health coalition, Health by Design. The pedestrian plan provides a guideline for county leaders to follow as they make decisions that improve walkability.   […]

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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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November 24, 2015 5:00 AMCategory: Physical Activity

10 Towns, One Coalition: Planning in Rural Communities

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Founded in 2010, the Eastern Highlands (Connecticut) Health District Community Health Action Response Team’s (CHART) mission is to create healthy communities through policy, systems, environmental changes and health promotion programming; making healthy living easy. The 10-town territory covered by the CHART coalition has many beautiful features, including parks, trails, and expansive natural areas. The 80,000 residents of these […]

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August 11, 2015 6:19 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Indianapolis Plus $500 Million Equals a More Walkable City

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Indianapolis is taking huge leaps in its efforts to increase infrastructure for walking and biking throughout the city. A recent Next City article, How $500 Million Turned Car-Centric Indianapolis Into a More Walkable City, talks about the city’s success and continuing efforts along with the recent Plan4Health grant provided to Health by Design: And this spring, Health […]

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July 15, 2015 3:18 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Plan4Health Coalition Update: St. Louis

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Trailnet of St. Louis, Missouri, has recently shared some news about bicycle and pedestrian planning.  Community meetings, walking tours, and “pop-up traffic calming” demonstrations are initial Plan4Health grant activities to create a more active St. Louis! Reposted from Trailnet’s News St. Louisans are fortunate to enjoy lush greenspace in our numerous parks, fine food offered through restaurants […]

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July 7, 2015 10:32 AMCategory: Physical Activity

10 Ways to Create a More Active City

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The verdict is in: Cities designed to encourage active lifestyles can really pay off in terms of overall health and well-being. What are cities doing to help people live more healthy lives? Recently, Designed to Move released their Active Cities Report, a guide for city leaders. They found that cities that are designed to encourage […]

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