The Foundation's Active Living by Design program was designed to establish and evaluate innovative approaches that support active living. It is a five-year effort to increase physical activity in 25 communities by changing the built environment through community efforts, public policies and communication strategies. Many of the program's efforts are specific to children, while others apply to all family members regardless of age. This grant supports an evaluation of the overall effectiveness of Active Living by Design in implementing community changes. Along with two other Foundation-led efforts, it will provide a comprehensive evaluation of Active Living by Design. The two other efforts are studies of the impact on physical activity at the most advanced sites (commissioned by Active Living Research) which will develop case studies of project development. Together, these three efforts will assist the Foundation to assess the feasibility of changing physical activity through the built environment, informing a possible program renewal in 2008. Project deliverables include annual and final reports on three issues: (1) the environmental impact of physical projects and related policy changes; (2) the range of interventions implemented across the communities, as well as intended and unintended accomplishments; and (3) strengths and challenges in the process of planning and implementing these changes.
Amount Awarded $724,348.00
Awarded on: 10/27/2006
Time frame: 11/1/2006 - 12/31/2009
Grant Number: 57649