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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

How Neighborhoods Affect the Health and Well-Being of Older Americans

​Most Americans say they want to age in place in their own communities, but their health and ability to remain independent is shaped in part by their neighborhoods. Research finds that the social, economic, demographic, and physical characteristics of communities may influence older residents’ health and well-being. Learn more... Read more

The Key To Healthier Living In North Texas Might Be Better Urban Planning

When it comes to combating health problems like obesity or diabetes, most people think it’s the responsibility of doctors and nutritionists. But urban planners, architects and engineers play a role as well. The way a city or a building is planned can encourage people to walk more and be healthier in their everyday lives. Read more... Read more

AIA Sustainable Design Assessment Team

The American Institute of Architects’ Center for Communities by Design has released the Call for Applications for its 2017 Sustainable Design Assessment Team (SDAT) program. The SDAT program brings together multidisciplinary teams of professionals to work with community decision-makers and stakeholders through an intensive planning process. The mission of the SDAT program is to provide technical assistance to help communities develop a vision and framework for a sustainable future. Applications due December 9. Learn more and apply... Read more

Webinar: Institutionalizing the Change: How to Make Walking Routine

This America Walks webinar reviews public policy and private marketplace strategies to increase walkability. When setting out to promote walking and increase walkability, it makes sense to focus initial efforts on specific locations where people want to walk or where there is an identified barrier. However, as local walking movements gather momentum, it is essential to transition to a new paradigm, in which walking and walkable community design are the norm. Register now... Read more
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