This video describes how cities can use their land use powers to promote walking, biking and other forms of physical activity along with access to healthy food.
Richard Jackson, MD, MPH, talks about the role of community design in prevalence of Type 2 Diabetes
Many communities lack safe, adequate places for children and their families to exercise and play. Schools might have a variety of recreational facilities—gymnasiums, playgrounds, fields, courts, tracks—but many districts close their property to the public after school hours because of concerns about costs, vandalism, security, maintenance, and liability in the event of injury.
Most states currently have laws that encourage or even require schools to open their facilities to the community for recreation or other civic uses. Nonetheless, school officials may be reluctant to do so, cautious about the expense in times of increasingly tight budgets.
The good news is that city, county, and town governments can partner with school districts through what are known as joint use agreements to address these concerns.
Check out their Fact Sheet for more information.
Let’s Ride! 4 Requirements for a Bikeable Community
Bicycling is a great way to get around, but do you (or your kids) know how to ride safely? How about maintaining your bike? If you’d like to know more about both, check out the City of Albuquerque’s Bicycle Safety Program! They offer classes in Commuting Essentials and Advanced Mechanics.
CINCH is working on joint use agreements that would keep school yards open after hours for community members to exercise. Here’s an article highlighting successful joint-use initiatives in LA!