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Active Living Research

Active Living Research
Since 2001, ALR has been at the forefront of building evidence on how to create communities that increase opportunities for physical activity. We have learned that communities designed for activity are better for health, economic vitality, and environmental sustainability. Our mission is to work with governments, the private sector, and advocacy groups to apply the lessons of research to building great communities.

Impact of Safe Routes to School programs on walking and biking
This research review highlights findings from studies conducted in several states and cities that have examined walking or biking rates, safety, and economic issues associated with SRTS.

Promoting Active Living in Rural Communities
This research brief summarizes current research on elements of the rural built environment that may be related to obesity or physical activity. It also provides policy implications and a list of important rural-specific built environment measures that have been developed and tested for assessing active living supports, barriers and perceptions.

Tools and Resources
Active Living Research offers a range of tools and resources to help practitioners, policy-makers, and advocates create more activity-friendly environments. We have measures to assess schools, parks, streets, and other neighborhood settings to see how well they support physical activity; research summaries on how policies and environments can influence physical activity in schools, parks and recreation facilities, and other neighborhood settings.

Healthy Afterschool Activity and Nutrition Documentation (HAAND)
The Healthy Afterschool Activity and Nutrition Documentation (HAAND) instrument assesses the extent to which the afterschool environment meets current physical activity and nutrition policies.