Tag Archives: Health

How Your Suburb Can Make You Thinner

If people can’t be cajoled to walk for its own sake, is there another way to get them moving? In recent years, planners and policymakers have begun to consider this: If suburbs are the problem, maybe suburbs can be re-imagined as the solution. People drive because their neighborhoods encourage it—and sometimes even leave them with no choice. What, then, if their neighborhoods were built to foster walking? With the right layout and development, the notion goes, our suburban towns and... Read more

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

Making Healthy Places: The Role of Social Support & Interaction

A growing body of research is showing how placemaking initiatives—from community gardens to resident-led painting projects—help generate strong social ties and a sense of belonging amongst community members, which has proven to reduce psychological distress, social isolation, and depression. As more and more researchers are recognizing that social health is the foundation for physical health, these findings present exciting opportunities and challenges for urban planners as well as public health advocates and practitioners. Join this Project for Public Spaces webinar... Read more

Community Agency & Health Symposium

​Join the Symposium to understand how fostering community agency is key to the future of health and fundamental to sustainable and equitable communities. Learn from innovators building inclusive partnerships between the health sector and local communities, explore case studies and get practical tips through six breakout sessions. This event is the inaugural symposium of Bridging Health & Community, an organization dedicated to transforming how we approach health so that it goes beyond health care and public health to include fostering... Read more

Community Health Check-Up: How to Use the 2017 County Health Rankings to Improve Community Health and Wellbeing

​The annual County Health Rankings measure vital health factors in counties across the country. Join our webinar to learn about how to use the Rankings to improve the culture of health in your county! Experts at the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute will answer key questions that counties ask about the Rankings, and a county leader will discuss how that county used the Rankings to improve health and well-being. Register now... Read more

Designing for Inclusive Health

​America Walks and the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD) – Lakeshore Foundation are kicking off their new micro-grant program with this webinar. This program will award grantees up to $1,500 for projects related to supporting disability inclusion strategies that make healthier choices the easier choices for all people in areas where they may live, learn, work, play, pray, and receive care. Register now... 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
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