Active Living by Design featured in a Special Supplement of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine

The American Journal of Preventive Medicine (AJPM) has just published a supplement to their December 2009 issue that is devoted to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Active Living by Design (ALbD) grant program and community partnerships.

This special issue focuses on the ALbD national program and community action model, as well as the lessons learned from 15 ALbD grantee communities. The issue also features commentary from experts in the field.

The practice-based special issue describes community partnerships representing a range of lead agencies (e.g., planning departments, community development agencies) with emphasis on increasing physical activity in special populations (e.g., African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, older adults, children, employees). There are examples of the process of planning and implementing comprehensive approaches to increase community levels of physical activity, including how to engage partners, secure resources, increase community participation, design policy and environment interventions, increase political or community support, address challenges or minimize barriers, and keep the momentum going over time.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) established the ALbD national grant program in 2001. After a review of more than 900 hundred proposals, ALbD formed partnerships with 25 community organizations. Each ALbD partnership received five years of funding.