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  • » What Can Your Street Do for You?
    with community livability and economic vitality So what are these co benefits and what does the evidence base say about them How can they be used to make the case for walking and cycling interventions APA s Planning and Community Health Center in collaboration with Active Living Research recently released a report that tackles these very questions The report reviews more than 150 studies including academic journal articles books agency reports and case studies that examine the co benefits of walking and cycling investments The focus is on interventions that take place at the street level from sidewalks and bicycle lanes to street trees and public spaces The report adds weight to something that planners already know either intuitively or from experience that everything is connected and that a single intervention can have a host of community impacts For example street scale features can promote social cohesion by encouraging social interaction and creating a strong sense of place Careful street design can improve public safety including both actual crime and our perceptions of it by putting eyes on the street throughout the day Traffic calming measures and crossing aids can enhance traffic safety for users of all travel modes and areas with more green space tend to have better mental health In an argument that may resonate with a broad resource conscious audience active transportation interventions can also enhance economic vitality by encouraging spending at local businesses creating jobs during project design and construction more jobs per 1 million spent than for road projects and attracting a workforce that increasingly values walkable urban form These co benefits don t occur automatically They require careful planning attention to local context and individual projects that are purposefully integrated with the larger transportation network Social equity is also a key consideration decisions about where to invest can either promote or detract from transportation options and access to community resources But the underlying message of the report is clear although physical activity is an essential part of the case for walking and cycling interventions it is not the only part Planners have many co benefits to call upon when building support and talking to stakeholders with diverse interests from mental health to economic development Equipped with this information we will be better prepared to answer the growing call for healthy sustainable and livable communities Image Exercising with a furry friend can be more fun Photo by Flickr user Peiyu Liu CC BY NC 2 0 Tags Active Living Research economic vitality mental health public safety social cohesion social equity traffic safety News and Events Peer Learning Network Spotlight The Peer Learning Network PLN is a forum for sharing experiences and lessons learned Check out the video below to hear from Kim Irwin of Health by Design in Indianapolis IN and visit the PLN and watch their mini webinar More Recognize National Health Observances with Partnering4Health Partnering4Health is focusing communication efforts on select National Health Observances each month Every Kid Healthy Week is April 25

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  • » economic vitality
    Design in Indianapolis IN and visit the PLN and watch their mini webinar More Recognize National Health Observances with Partnering4Health Partnering4Health is focusing communication efforts on select National Health Observances each month Every Kid Healthy Week is April 25 29 Check out the grab and go packet for information resources and to learn more More Funding Opportunities Please visit the new Funding Opportunities page in the Plan4Health resource library for a selection of opportunities that may be of interest This page will be updated as opportunities are identified and become available More APA President Carol Rhea How We Can Create a Healthy Built Environment Your health is impacted not only by your lifestyle behaviors but also very much by the built environment the community in which you live More Survey Shows 79 Want to Bike More Often in Ajo Several diverse organizations revolving around bicycling gathered in Ajo recently analyze a survey of area cyclists and community members that was completed last month and to brainstorm with local cycling enthusiasts to explore possibilities in promoting wellness and bicycling for transportation and recreation More Eat Healthy NKY Hosts Food Summit The Eat Healthy NKY Food Summit will offer food for thought

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  • » Defining Food Deserts
    of curbside produce vendors but no supermarket By naming a place a food desert we might overlook or obscure important community food assets Finally the food desert concept assumes a specific problem and solution supermarkets are lacking and should be developed Among the many ways to bring healthy fresh foods to areas without retailers supermarket development is a large expensive and complicated endeavor To this end local state and federal actors have designed incentive packages to make these projects happen check out the Heathy Food Access Portal for a variety of examples Nevertheless as a planning researcher I find some utility in the term Many low income households want to shop at supermarkets just as higher income people Alternative models such as farmers markets cooperative groceries and urban agriculture may all play a role or more likely many roles in terms of food access mental and physical wellness and community development Yet they are hardly a replacement for the supermarket model that most American households use without issue The food desert concept can focus attention and more importantly political social and economic capital to one type of community development Indeed supermarkets are major vehicle of the industrial food system in many cases they are also what low income communities ask for This is worth much further exploration but I offer it here to suggest that these dynamics aren t straightforward or simple Now that I ve punted on this major philosophical issue let me offer a couple immediate research questions Many supermarket projects already completed and more in the pipeline so it makes sense for planning researchers to take stock of these developments and describe their effects When a new supermarket opens do smaller stores close This is often the fear and sometimes the case If so what is the impact of these closures both in terms of economic and social outcomes This isn t the first time planners have advocated for supermarkets as elements of downtown revitalization What lessons have we learned or should we learn from history What are some of the false positives that result from the food desert definition For instance where are places we call food deserts but in fact are not Is this because a network of smaller stores effectively fills in Do few people actually live there Alternatively what about false negatives Are there areas with supermarkets that are still poorly served Is the quality of a neighborhood supermarket so bad that nobody considers it a viable option Or more provocative how much does access matter when shoppers are poor i e isn t this just a poverty issue Ben Chrisinger PhD MUEP is a postdoctoral research fellow at Stanford University s Prevention Research Center and a member of APA FIG s Research Working Group You can follow him on Twitter benchrisinger Image from https apafig wordpress com Tags childhood obesity food desert food environment atlas healthy food access USDA News and Events Peer Learning Network Spotlight The Peer Learning Network PLN is

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  • » childhood obesity
    visit the PLN and watch their mini webinar More Recognize National Health Observances with Partnering4Health Partnering4Health is focusing communication efforts on select National Health Observances each month Every Kid Healthy Week is April 25 29 Check out the grab and go packet for information resources and to learn more More Funding Opportunities Please visit the new Funding Opportunities page in the Plan4Health resource library for a selection of opportunities that may be of interest This page will be updated as opportunities are identified and become available More APA President Carol Rhea How We Can Create a Healthy Built Environment Your health is impacted not only by your lifestyle behaviors but also very much by the built environment the community in which you live More Survey Shows 79 Want to Bike More Often in Ajo Several diverse organizations revolving around bicycling gathered in Ajo recently analyze a survey of area cyclists and community members that was completed last month and to brainstorm with local cycling enthusiasts to explore possibilities in promoting wellness and bicycling for transportation and recreation More Eat Healthy NKY Hosts Food Summit The Eat Healthy NKY Food Summit will offer food for thought quite literally as guests will

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  • » USDA
    Network PLN is a forum for sharing experiences and lessons learned Check out the video below to hear from Kim Irwin of Health by Design in Indianapolis IN and visit the PLN and watch their mini webinar More Recognize National Health Observances with Partnering4Health Partnering4Health is focusing communication efforts on select National Health Observances each month Every Kid Healthy Week is April 25 29 Check out the grab and go packet for information resources and to learn more More Funding Opportunities Please visit the new Funding Opportunities page in the Plan4Health resource library for a selection of opportunities that may be of interest This page will be updated as opportunities are identified and become available More APA President Carol Rhea How We Can Create a Healthy Built Environment Your health is impacted not only by your lifestyle behaviors but also very much by the built environment the community in which you live More Survey Shows 79 Want to Bike More Often in Ajo Several diverse organizations revolving around bicycling gathered in Ajo recently analyze a survey of area cyclists and community members that was completed last month and to brainstorm with local cycling enthusiasts to explore possibilities in promoting wellness

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  • » Fighting Food Injustice
    He was also firm I want this market to have a clear future for its sustainability After working with two groups of Nelson students engaging vendors and community groups Robert then connected with Jerome Dillard the Dane County Jail Coordinator He would like to learn on the possibility of empowering formerly incarcerated individuals through urban agriculture Students followed up to connect with the Director of Reentry Service at the Nehemiah Center for Urban Leadership Development Anthony Cooper It s a great idea Anthony responded immediately Getting employment is a constant struggle for these people with criminal history It is not only about the lack of skills or confidence but particularly some negative perceptions about their history Working with them to become an urban farmer and set up an own business entity have potentials Anthony suggested with confidence But being a farmer is not for everyone Robert made it clear We need to find those who are genuinely committed to the cause of South Madison s food injustice In the spring of 2015 Robert Anthony and students developed a plan to identify future farmers from the Nehemiah s ManUp program They also put together a proposal to the Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment The proposal was approved for a two year project starting next month July 2015 We will identify two to three future farmers and work with them to learn about commercial urban agriculture with Will Allen at the Growing Power Milwaukee Robert illustrated the plan We will then work with them in actually growing food on farmland kindly provided by the Madison Metropolitan Sewarage District selling the produce at the market and maybe selling at other places Robert detailed further It is more than just about farming this project is about giving these folks confidence that they could be a leader to their community unlike the negative perceptions toward them Anthony explained about the project I have zero knowledge on urban farming This collaboration with SMFM opens a new set of resources for an innovative reentry program I look forward to working together with all partners Anthony enthusiastically responded to the recent approval of the project by the UW Madison s Office of the Provost We certainly need more support We have a plan but this two year project is just the initial effort The project will fund the training and provide stipend to the selected farmers during the growing season They will also benefit from the revenue from selling the produce Robert further explained about the project UW Madison s Morgridge Center for Public Service and the Dane County UW Extension are also members of the partnerships For questions about the project and or how to support please contact the South Madison Farmers Market Images from South Madison Farmers Market Top Robert Pierce Bottom Robert Pierce right teaches about compost as Anthony Cooper center and a group of men listen in Tags empowerment food desert leadership development local food movement South Madison Farmers Market urban

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  • » empowerment
    public health social determinants July 20 2015 7 38 PM Category Nutrition Physical Activity An Emerging Planner s Perspective on HIAs Part One by Angelica Carey This marks my sixth week since beginning a summer internship at the American Planning Association with the Planning and Community Health PCH Center in Washington View full post Tags APA CDC City Planning empowerment engagement equity Health in all Policies HIA intern National HIA Meeting Partnerships Planning Community Health Center public health Robert Wood Johnson Foundation The PEW Charitable Trusts News and Events Peer Learning Network Spotlight The Peer Learning Network PLN is a forum for sharing experiences and lessons learned Check out the video below to hear from Kim Irwin of Health by Design in Indianapolis IN and visit the PLN and watch their mini webinar More Recognize National Health Observances with Partnering4Health Partnering4Health is focusing communication efforts on select National Health Observances each month Every Kid Healthy Week is April 25 29 Check out the grab and go packet for information resources and to learn more More Funding Opportunities Please visit the new Funding Opportunities page in the Plan4Health resource library for a selection of opportunities that may be of interest This page will be updated as opportunities are identified and become available More APA President Carol Rhea How We Can Create a Healthy Built Environment Your health is impacted not only by your lifestyle behaviors but also very much by the built environment the community in which you live More Survey Shows 79 Want to Bike More Often in Ajo Several diverse organizations revolving around bicycling gathered in Ajo recently analyze a survey of area cyclists and community members that was completed last month and to brainstorm with local cycling enthusiasts to explore possibilities in promoting wellness and bicycling for transportation

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  • » leadership development
    in Indianapolis IN and visit the PLN and watch their mini webinar More Recognize National Health Observances with Partnering4Health Partnering4Health is focusing communication efforts on select National Health Observances each month Every Kid Healthy Week is April 25 29 Check out the grab and go packet for information resources and to learn more More Funding Opportunities Please visit the new Funding Opportunities page in the Plan4Health resource library for a selection of opportunities that may be of interest This page will be updated as opportunities are identified and become available More APA President Carol Rhea How We Can Create a Healthy Built Environment Your health is impacted not only by your lifestyle behaviors but also very much by the built environment the community in which you live More Survey Shows 79 Want to Bike More Often in Ajo Several diverse organizations revolving around bicycling gathered in Ajo recently analyze a survey of area cyclists and community members that was completed last month and to brainstorm with local cycling enthusiasts to explore possibilities in promoting wellness and bicycling for transportation and recreation More Eat Healthy NKY Hosts Food Summit The Eat Healthy NKY Food Summit will offer food for thought quite

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