Tag Archives: Physical Activity

As Walking Movement Grows, Neighborhood Walkability Gains Attention

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​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

Center for Active Design: Excellence Awards

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​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

Great Urban Parks Campaign: Green Infrastructure in Underserved Communities

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The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is offering this grant opportunity to demonstrate the effectiveness of green infrastructure in positively affecting environmental change in underserved low-income communities and communities of color, and thereby increase residents’ community engagement, connection to nature and physical activity. Applications due April 29. Learn more and apply... Read more

Walkable Communities

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​People want to use their feet for transportation. While market forces alone are enough to give walkability greater weight in transportation planning decisions, walkability has become more than a consumer preference. With the surgeon general’s call to action, it’s now a formal public health strategy for reducing healthcare costs and helping people live longer and healthier lives. Read more... Read more

The American Planning Association Provides Funding to 17 Additional Local Coalitions to Combat Chronic Disease

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​The American Planning Association (APA) has provided $2.25 million in funding to 17 new local coalitions to combat two determinants of chronic disease—lack of physical activity and lack of access to nutritious foods. This is the second year funding was made available through the Plan4Health initiative, a multi-year effort that strengthens the connection between planning and public health. Read more... Read more

Resources to Support Inclusion in Walking

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How I Walk supports the important messages of the Surgeon General’s Call to Action and builds upon the opportunity for us to ensure that all Americans have access to be physically active. The How I Walk campaign is positioned to mobilize the disability and public health communities in rebranding the term ‘walking’ to be inclusive, and it will be an important tool to address barriers that may exist in a person’s pursuit of physical activity. These factsheets explain why it’s... Read more

Active Living Research Annual Conference, Jan. 31 – Feb. 3

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​The 2016 Active Living Research Annual Conference brings together active living researchers and champions from over 30 disciplines to advance knowledge and action around active communities. The 2016 conference theme, “Equity in Active Living”, explores opportunities to ensure that all people, regardless of race, ethnicity, economic background, level of education, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical and/or cognitive ability, have access to safe and enjoyable places to be physically active. January 31 – February 3, 2016 in Clearwater Beach, Florida.... Read more
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