All Resources with Theme of: What Makes a Healthy Community

The Role of Parks and Recreation in Improving Physical Activity

This infographic by Active Living Research (ALR) highlights evidence that parks and recreation areas can increase physical activity levels while also providing economic benefits to families and communities.

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Do All Kids Have Safe Places to be Active?

This infographic by Active Living Research (ALR) features evidence on some of the barriers children face in being able to walk, bike, or play in their schools and neighborhoods.

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Changing Communities Gets People Moving

This infographic by Active Living Research highlights several studies which evaluated changes in physical activity after the implementation of built environment and programmatic modifications in different cities

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Neighborhoods and Health

Just as conditions within our homes have important implications for our health, conditions in the neighborhoods surrounding our homes also can have major health effects. This issue brief by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation examines the current evidence linking neighborhoods and health.

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Building Sustainable Schools for Healthy Kids

Alterations in individual behaviors alone are not sufficient to change the course of the childhood obesity epidemic. Instead, environmental factors – such as the role of school design – must be engaged at a population scale to promote healthy behaviors.

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Healthy People 2020: Social Determinants of Health

Healthy People, by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, provides science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans.

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Overcoming Obstacles to Health in 2013 and Beyond

Despite leading the world on medical care spending, Americans have worse health and shorter lives than people in other affluent nations. This report shows dramatic differences in health among Americans from different income, education, and racial or ethnic groups.

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Time to Act: Investing in the Health of Our Children and Communities

Read recommendations by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Commission to Build a Healthier America on how we should invest in the health of our nation.

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Cross-Sector Collaboration To Improve Community Health: A View Of The Current Landscape

Collaboration between the health and community development sectors has gained increased attention as a means of accelerating progress to improve community health. This article offers an empirical perspective on the general status of such collaboration based on results from a national survey of practitioners in the community development and health fields.

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Lessons for Leaders: Navigating the Process of Healthy Community Change

Active Living By Design (ALBD) created lessons, principles and best practices for leaders of local, healthy community partnerships.

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Does Where You Live Affect How Long You Live?

A ZIP code is 5 numbers meant to give mail to people—not indicate how long they live. But all too often, that’s exactly what a ZIP code does.

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Why Does Education Matter So Much to Health?

While it’s known that education leads to better jobs and higher incomes, research also shows that better-educated individuals live longer, healthier lives than those with less education, and their children are more likely to thrive.

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Better Education = Healthier Lives

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s NewPublicHealth blog published a series of infographics exploring the connections between our health and the places where we live, learn, work and play, View their infographic on education and health.

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Better Transportation Options = Healthier Lives

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s NewPublicHealth blog published a series of infographics exploring the connections between our health and the places where we live, learn, work and play, View their infographic on transportation and health.

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How Does Employment—or Unemployment— Affect Health?

Steady employment can provide the income, benefits and stability necessary for good health. Read a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation issue brief on the links between stable, well-paying jobs and better health.

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