Summary Progress Report Active Living by Design Grant Program

In 2003, there were 25 community partnerships (CPs) from across the country who were selected to receive funding for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) Active Living by Design (ALbD) initiative. Having been chosen from a pool of nearly 1,000 applicants, ALbD grantees demonstrated palpable excitement to create change and put routine physical activity within reach of more citizens. The ALbD national program office administered the program while providing technical assistance to grantees. Five years later, RJWF’s initial investment has shown impressive and measurable results, which are summarized in this report.

Results from the funded communities are presented in the context of the "5P" Community Action Model, which served as the ALbD framework. The 5Ps are preparation, promotion, programs, policy and physical projects. When integrated, they represent a multi-layered community initiative for increasing physical activity. ALbD strived to change behavior and ultimately improve health by raising awareness, providing supportive programs, influencing policies and creating tangible physical changes in the grantee communities. Each of these efforts was coordinated and executed by a multidisciplinary partnership.

The data for this report reflects results from all 25 CPs, as collected by ALbD’s web-based Progress Reporting System (PRS), a database of program "diary" entries made by local project staff and partners. ALbD national program staff helped ensure timely and consistent reporting.