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Physical Activity: Built Environment Approaches Combining Transportation System Interventions with Land Use and Environmental Design

​The Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends built environment strategies that combine one or more interventions to improve pedestrian or bicycle transportation systems with one or more land use and environmental design interventions to increase physical activity. Read more... Read more

Planning & Zoning for Health in the Built Environment

This Essential Info Packet (EIP) from the American Planning Association (APA) offers planners a collection of resources to help them better understand the connections between health and the built environment and integrate community health considerations into their planning and zoning work. The EIP is an annotated resource list that allows users to click through to the various websites, APA resources, and non-APA documents collected for this packet. Learn more... Read more

Webinar: Designing Places for People

This America Walks webinar will illustrate specific features of the built environment that make a place walkable. Learn how to survey existing conditions and visualize their transformation—from a desolate and abandoned downtown district to a vibrant marketplace of human interaction, welcoming people of all ages, incomes, ethnicities, and religions. Panelists will provide an informative and entertaining demonstration of their work and recommend tools to create change. Register now... Read more

As Walking Movement Grows, Neighborhood Walkability Gains Attention

​Physicians and public health officials are desperate to get Americans moving. About 1 in 3 deaths in the U.S. are caused by cardiovascular disease, and obesity is an epidemic. Walking can improve cardiovascular health, prevent weight gain and achieve many other health benefits. Yet why is it so hard for doctors to get their patients to walk? The built environment and neighborhood walkability—defined by features such as mixed land use, intersection density, and population density—is emerging as an important factor.... Read more

How to Make Cities Healthier Places to Live

​The physical designs of cities play a role in our health, as do the social environments that influence personal interactions. This, then, presents us with a tremendous opportunity to shape cities to promote health. Here are five areas we need to concentrate on to improve the health of future city dwellers. Read more... Read more

Center for Active Design: Excellence Awards

​This annual international competition celebrates the transformative role that the design of the built environment plays in creating healthy communities. Be recognized as part of the growing Active Design movement using evidence-based design to foster global health. Join the vanguard of past winners shaping how our buildings, streets, and neighborhoods enhance the quality of life for future generations around the world. For 2016, the Center is seeking projects that have used Active Design to demonstrate a measurable impact on physical,... Read more

Affordable Space: How Rising Commercial Rents Are Threatening Independent Businesses and What Cities Are Doing About It

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s (​ILSR) new report examines how high rents are shuttering businesses and stunting entrepreneurship, and explores 6 strategies that cities are using to create an affordable built environment where local businesses can thrive. Read report... Read more

Mayors and City Planners Ask Presidential Candidates, “What’s Your Plan for America’s Cities?”

​April is American City Quality Month, and city leaders and planners are asking Presidential Candidates, “What’s your plan for America’s cities?” In conjunction with this outreach, the Council has sent a letter to the U.S. Congress, state governors, and state legislators asking the respective leaders to immediately commit to preparing, adopting and implementing the nationwide and regional physical development plans to support economic and social development and environmental protection policies. The commitment is sought as part of the 28th annual,... Read more

Cultivating Healthy Communities Grant Program

​The Aetna Foundation recognizes that individual health is rooted in the community: in the places where we live, learn, work, play, and pray. By increasing the opportunities to make healthy choices in these places, we can empower whole communities to lead healthier lives. The Aetna Foundation’s programming focuses on Healthy Behaviors, Community Safety, Built Environment, Social/Economic Factors, and Environmental Exposures. Applications due April 15. Learn more and apply... Read more
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