In a supplement to the November issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine (AJPM), this article examines the importance of design in our communities, our cultures, and our cities for the health and well-being of our nation moving into the future.
Physical activity is quickly disappearing in our daily lives due to the loss of sidewalks in our towns, elevator access, and the ever-present automobile. Healthy People 2020 aims to modify these behaviors largely by targeting the design of our “built environments.” Utilizing the help of city planners, architects, transportation authorities, and zoning commissioners for example, Healthy People 2020 has overarching goals related to cancer, immunizations, nutrition, physical activity and preparedness, plus many more.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) started a program 10 years ago called Active Living by Design (ALbD). The progress reports issued in the November issue of AJPM reviews the 25 community demonstration projects. In towns such as Somerville, Mass. changes to the built environment are in place for the ultimate goal: increasing the community-wide level of physical activity.
As the ALbD program set forth a decade ago—healthy people will not happen overnight. The better health of our nation should start making strides from the ground up.
American Journal of Preventive Medicine Presents the Evaluation of RWJF's Active Living by Design Program
- 1. Lessons from a Mixed-Methods Approach to Evaluating Active Living by Design
- 2. Capturing Community Change
- 3. Identifying the Role of Community Partnerships in Creating Change to Support Active Living
- 4. Assessment for Active Living
- 5. Evaluation of Physical Projects and Policies from the Active Living by Design Partnerships
- 6. Programs and Promotions: Approaches by 25 Active Living by Design Partnerships
- 7. Active Living by Design: Sustainability Strategies
- 8. Concept Mapping: Priority Community Strategies to Create Changes to Support Active Living
- 9. Evaluation of Active Living by Design
- 10. Evaluation Results from an Active Living Intervention in Somerville, Massachusetts
- 11. Bike, Walk, and Wheel
- 12. A Walking School Bus Program
- 13. Creating a Moment for Active Living via a Media Campaign
- 14. Isanti County Active Living
- 15. Using a Bicycle-Pedestrian Count to Assess Active Living in Downtown Wilkes-Barre
- 16. Active Living by Design's Contributions to the Movement
- 17. Healthy People and the Design Sciences
- 18. Active Living by Design and Its Evaluation
- 19. A Mixed-Methods Evaluation of School-Based Active Living Programs