In this toolkit, you will find tactics to help your community increase opportunities to be physically active.More specifically, the content will help you advocate for changes that can enable community membersto use school facilities such as gyms, fields, and playgrounds. Existing liability laws often prevent sucheasy, shared use. Clarifying these laws can encourage more schools to open playgrounds and gyms totheir communities during non-school hours. States can also provide incentive and monitoring programsthat encourage wide adoption of shared use strategies. This toolkit focuses on clarifying liability; acompendium toolkit, which details tactics and messaging for incentives and local shared agreements isalso available. Voices for Healthy Kids is excited to offer this toolkit—as well as several others—tosupport communities striving to live, learn and play in healthy environments.
In this toolkit, you will find tactics to help your community increase opportunities to be physically active.More specifically, the content will help you advocate for the creation of a state shared use initiative tohelp schools keep their doors open during non-school hours—which includes requirements forincentives, monitoring, and reporting of local shared use, as well as creation of an advisory body. Voicesfor Healthy Kids is excited to offer this toolkit—as well as several others—to support communitiesstriving to live, learn, and play in healthy environments.
In this toolkit, you will find tactics to help children in your community live safer, more physically activelives and, more specifically, to advocate for state policies that promote Safe Routes to School programsand infrastructure. Voices for Healthy Kids is excited to offer this toolkit – as well as several others – tosupport communities striving to live, learn and play in healthy environments.This toolkit developed by American Heart Association includes a comprehensive guide, fact sheets, and promotional materials.
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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.
This pilot study was conducted to explore the associations between stressors related to homelessness and modifiable health risk factors (poor diet, insufficient physical activity, and overweight/obesity) and to provide direction for future research. Participants (N = 57) were homeless adults enrolled in a smoking cessation program. Analyses were conducted to characterize the sample as well as the relations between relevant stressors (discrimination, chronic stress, and fear and mistrust) and health risk factors. Inadequate daily consumption of fruits, vegetables, and fiber was common. High-fat diet and insufficient physical activity were also prevalent, and the majority of participants were overweight/obese. Participants commonly endorsed discrimination, fear of victimization, mistrust of others, and several other stressors. Greater endorsement of stressors was associated with a high-fat diet. Results suggest that lifestyle interventions and policy changes may be warranted in homeless shelters to attenuate the potential effects of stressors on high-fat dietary consumption among smokers.
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.
Online resource with detailed information about evidence-based policies and programs to reduce tobacco use and increase physical activity in communities. Created by the HealthPartners Institute for Education and Research and Partnership for Prevention, with input from the National Commission on Prevention Priorities, and utilizing interventions recommended by Community Preventive Services Task Force, Community Health Advisor was designed with public health leaders and policymakers in mind, and provides customizable, detailed information for improving population health.
In April 2017, the Status Report for Step It Up! The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities was released. The Call to Action provided a clear road map for partners across all sectors to improve walking and walkability for all Americans. The Status Report summarizes the state of walking and walkability when the Call to Action was released, as well as selected activities done since the release to sustain the messages and promote the goals established by the Surgeon General. The objective of this presentation is to summarize the key findings from the Status Report, including success stories from partners in the field who are taking action to promote the goals of the Call to Action. Ohio has made progress in supporting active transportation through cross-sector collaboration since their attendance at the Step it Up! Action Institute on Walking and Walkability. The state is focused on strategies that revolve around education, infrastructure, planning, and data collection to elevate active transportation. Since the event, the Ohio Department of Health has sponsored five regional Complete Streets training, the Ohio Department of Transportation offered new funding for local active transportation projects, and together, they are working on replicating the Action Institute for local communities to attend in June 2017. The Action Institute will revolve around “Experiential Education,” best practice infrastructure, Complete Streets policies, and new statewide bike/ped data collection and coordination efforts. In May, Ohio will be launching a statewide campaign called Your Move to encourage people to walk, bike, and take the bus. Presentation Speakers: Gayathri Kumar, MD, Medical Officer, Physical Activity and Health Branch, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention // Caitlin Harley, BS, Healthy Places Coordinator, Creating Healthy Communities Program, Ohio Department of Health. Gayathri Suresh Kumar, MD, is a Medical Officer in the Physical Activity Branch, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO) within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). After joining the group over a year ago around the time of the release of the Step it Up! The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities, she helped lead the development of the first status report for the Call to Action. Prior to working within the Physical Activity Branch, she also served as a CDC field assignee to the Georgia Department of Public Health to assist with the implementation of the 1305 cooperative agreement (State Public Health Actions to Prevent and Control Diabetes, Heart Disease, Obesity and Associated Risk Factors and Promote School Health) and as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer within the Obesity Prevention and Control Branch within DNPAO. She received her MD from Indiana University School of Medicine and completed her training in Internal Medicine at Emory University Department of Internal Medicine. Caitlin Harley is the Healthy Places Coordinator for the Creating Healthy Communities program at the Ohio Department of Health. In this role, she focuses on the intersection of health and the built environment, emphasizing the role of physical activity and mobility in chronic disease prevention. Cait also works closely with the Ohio Department of Transportation and leads their Active Transportation Emphasis Area Team as part of their Strategic Highway Safety Plan. Cait is a graduate of Ohio State University with a B.S. in City and Regional Planning and has a passion for how transportation planning can impact the mobility and health of community residents. She practices what she preaches by walking, biking, or taking the bus to work and meetings.
PRESENTATION DESCRIPTION – EPA’s Office of Sustainable Communities provides smart growth strategies to help communities grow in ways that expand economic opportunity while protecting human health and the environment. EPA’s Smart School Siting Tool was developed to help local government and school agencies work together to make better-informed decisions about school siting or renovation by considering established community goals. The Smart School Siting Tool emphasizes •Choosing school locations that provide safe routes to school, foster active lifestyles, and promote community health;•Coordinating school planning processes with local government land use planning priorities to use taxpayer dollars more efficiently; and•Siting schools close to existing neighborhoods and infrastructure (e.g., water, sewer, sidewalks, walking and bike paths, and public transit) to make efficient use of past infrastructure investments and improve safe and active transportation options. A school that’s safe and easy for students, teachers, parents, and other community members to reach on foot or by bicycle encourages physical activity and reduces air pollution from automobile use. Students who walk or bike to school achieve a portion of their suggested daily physical activity requirements during their commute. Neighborhood schools that have joint use agreements for their gyms and playgrounds can provide more options for children’s physical activity after school hours and on weekends. EPA’s Smart School Siting Tool enables communities to evaluate the environmental and public health risks and benefits of potential locations as part of a holistic school siting process. It also demonstrates how well-located schools can encourage students, families, faculty and staff to engage in active transportation and healthy living. The University of Arizona Nutrition Network (UANN), in partnership with the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS), has implemented the Active School Neighborhood Checklist (ASNC) project over the past two years. The ASNC is a tool for assessing the walkability, bikeability, and safety of school site and was co-created by the ADHS and the Arizona Department of Transporation – Safe Routes to School Program. In Phase I of the project, the UANN assessed 10 Title I elementary schools the Sunnyside Unified School District (SUSD) of Tucson, AZ. In Phase II, in partnership with a local non-profit The Living Streets Alliance, two of the SUSD schools assessed will be chosen to receive walking and biking maps to use with their school community. Schools will be selected by their ASNC score as well as by a myriad of other local factors such as planned infrastructure improvements, strength of parent involvement in the school/school health advisory council, distance from bicycle boulevards, and future Cyclovia route locations, etc.
Stories from Small Towns is a project of the National Physical Activity Society. The objective of the project is to demonstrate that structural changes to make walking easier can be carried out in America’s thousands of small towns and not just its big cities. The project focuses on advice from towns that have made some changes, with the aim of inspiring town leaders across the country to see such infrastructure as possible and worthy.
provides information on physical activity behavior and policy and environmental supports within each state.
The state report cards in this report make it easyto understand at a glance how states are doing in their support of walking, bicycling, and active kids and communities – where each state is doing well, and where there is room for improvement.
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 infographic shows the effects of not getting enough physical activity on our nation’s health, economy, and military readiness. It also emphasizes the many health, safety, and community benefits increased physical activity can offer. Attached is a print version of the PDF that is ready to share, as well.
PRESENTATION DESCRIPTION DRAWING THE IMPOSSIBLE MAP ONE APPROACH TO CREATE A SIDEWALK INVENTORY IN UTAH – Working with partners to develop a sidewalk inventory was much more complicated than originally conceived. Rather than flipping a switch, identifying an overall sidewalk network required multiple approaches to collect data into a regional map, as well as building relationships with key people to make the map mean something to all users. Both challenges and approaches to develop this network map will be discussed, as well as where this map leads the Utah Department of Health and its partners in future projects. USING THE GEORGIA TECH SIDEWALK QUALITY AND SAFETY ASSESSMENT SYSTEM TO INVENTORY AND MANAGE COMMUNITY SIDEWALK ASSETS – An accessible pedestrian environment, characterized by well-maintained sidewalks and curb ramps, helps ensure the safety and comfort of pedestrians of all abilities. However, prioritizing annual sidewalk repairs in a constrained budget is especially difficult for communities that have a significant repair backlog. The absence of comprehensive and transparent sidewalk asset management plans also make sidewalk prioritization difficult for local agencies. Over the last several years, researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology have been developing the Sidewalk Quality and Safety Assessment System (SQSA) that communities can use to inventory, assess, prioritize, and manage sidewalk improvements. Georgia Tech researchers will present on the SQSA and how the tools that comprise this system have helped communities strategically manage and improve their sidewalk assets. The presentation will begin with a brief overview of the requirements in the Americans with Disabilities Act that pertain to sidewalks. Next it will showcase the capabilities of the SQSA tools•Sidewalk Scout A crowdsourcing smartphone app used by agencies and the public to report sidewalk problems. The app allows users to submit a picture and a detailed description of a sidewalk problem and automatically geotags the location of the report.•Sidewalk Sentry A tablet application used to inventory sidewalks and assess sidewalk quality. A smart tablet attached to a basic wheelchair collects and geocodes sidewalk attribute and quality data.•The Sidewalk Quality Index A prioritization and programming tool. An online survey gathers input from the community on their preferences for sidewalk investment, which is utilized as part of a locally-responsive sidewalk rating and ranking system.Finally, the presentation will provide an example of how the SQSA has been successfully utilized for sidewalk asset management and planning in East Point, GA.
The CDC Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity’s Data, Trends and Maps online tool allows you to search for and view indicators related to nutrition, physical activity and obesity. You can search on the basis of a specific location or an indicator.
Voices for Healthy Kids, a joint initiative of the American Heart Association and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators, released the 2016 update to the Shape of the Nation on the state of physical education and physical activity in the American education system. While effective physical education and physical activity programs are essential in the formative growth of children and adolescents, there is a large disparity in state requirements and implementation. Research shows that active kids learn better, yet few states have policies in place requiring schools to offer effective physical education programs to all students
his study identified inconsistencies in physical activity(PA) reported at screening and baseline of a 6-monthhealth promotion intervention and explored how theseinconsistencies influenced intervention effectiveness inAfrican American and Hispanic women. Participantscompleted a telephone screener to determine eligibilityfor a PA intervention. Inactive participants (=90 minutesof PA/week) were invited to a baseline assessment,where they completed the International PhysicalActivity Questionnaire, measuring work, transportation,gardening/housework, and leisure-time PA.Women returned after 6 months to complete an identicalpost-intervention assessment. Despite beingscreened as inactive, baseline Questionnaire data indicatedthat 85.0% of participants (N = 274, M age = 44.6years, M body mass index = 34.8 kg/m2) were active(>90 minutes of PA/week). Women who reported anywork-related PA were 20.9 times more likely to beactive at baseline than those who did not (p < .001).Participants who were inactive at both screening andbaseline reported greater increases in domestic andgardening PA and total PA from baseline to postintervention(ps < .05). Overweight/obese ethnic minoritywomen may misreport being physically inactive duringscreening if specific questions about type of PA are notincluded. Post hoc analyses controlling for screeninginaccuracies may improve effectiveness of PA interventionsand help intervention programs reach womenwho may benefit the most.