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In collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Planning and Community Health Center is creating a set of guidelines to incorporate health into the Conceptual Review process for development projects.
The Safe Routes to School Policy Workbook is designed to help school board members, administrators, families of students, and community members create and implement policies that support active transportation and Safe Routes to School programs. The workbook will walk you through a series of policy options to help you build your own customized Safe Routes to School policy, which you can download and use in your community.
The Parks, Trails, and Health Workbook A Tool for Planners, Parks and Recreational Professionals, and Health Practitioners is quick guide for incorporating public health considerations in the development and improvement of a park or trail. This tool can help start collaborative discussions about the health benefits of parks and trails and prepare for a health impact assessment (HIA).
A wide array of tools exists for measuring different features of the built environment, many of them well validated. However, it is often difficult for state and local program staff and evaluators to know which features of the built environment are most important to measure and which tool(s) to use to assess those features. The recently released CDC Built Environment Assessment Tool was designed to alleviate some of these challenges. The built environment includes the physical makeup of where we live, learn, work, and play—our homes, schools, businesses, streets and sidewalks, open spaces, and transportation options. The built environment can influence overall community health and individual behaviors such as physical activity and healthy eating.
This Rural Active Living Assessment (RALA) Tools has been designed to help you collect data on physical environment features and amenities, town characteristics, community programs, and policies that could potentially influence levels of physical activity among residents in your community. This tool will allow you to assess the “friendliness” of your community for walking, biking, and playing (especially among youth). It provides a structure for looking at the town as a whole, how it is laid out, where people live, work and go to school, and how they are likely to get from one place to another. It also includes a detailed tool to look at specific “segments” of your community and assess key characteristics of those segments. Finally, it also provides a structure for assessing the programs and policies that might help to overcome an “unfriendly” environment, or that might actually make that environment less activity friendly.
a tool and guidance that may be used to help prioritize improvements to pedestrian and bicycle facilities, either separately or together as part of a “complete streets” evaluation approach.
To decide to bicycle, people need biking to be safe and convenient. They need access to a bicycle, and they won’t bike unless it seems like something normal and worthwhile. ChangeLab Solutions developed this infographic to outline a few of the many strategies that can help get people bicycling around town.
Getting the Wheels Rolling A Guide to Using Policy to Create Bicycle Friendly Communities provides a roadmap to making all types of communities bicycle friendly. This guide helps policymakers figure out where to start, and spells out how to effectively use policy to promote bicycling.
This Web Forum features a frank roundtable discussion of how, through persistence and inspiration, small towns can implement policies, programs, and environmental changes that support walking and biking. Learn about strategies, tools, and resources that you can use to improve your community so that children and adults can be more physically active and healthier on a daily basis.
“Step into Nature” is more than a summary of best practices and implementation recommendations; the guide is a call to action for public health professionals, urban planners, architects, developers, and residents to design healthier cities.
This 50-page toolkit is designed to provide local physical activity coordinators, transportation coordinators, and planners with the steps needed to create successful Active Community Environments.