Focus On . . . Active Living

CINCH aims to ensure that all Bernalillo County residents have convenient access to safe places to play and exercise. Physical activity is a strategy recommended by the CDC to prevent obesity and obesity-related chronic disease. Active living is influenced by more than a person’s decision to exercise according to recommended guidelines. Aspects of the built environment also influence how easy it is to be active. Places to exercise must be accessible, safe, and inviting.

CINCH Initiative: Open Schoolyards

In collaboration with Albuquerque Public Schools, the City of Albuquerque, and Bernalillo County, CINCH is working to create and implement a joint use initiative that will open schoolyards after hours, providing all County residents with safe places to play and exercise.

Strategic Direction: Complete Streets

CINCH works with partners including the Mid-Region Council of Governments and the NM Healthier Weight Council to support Complete Streets policies that ensure safer streets for all users including those who walk, use wheelchairs, bike, drive, and use public transportation.


ACTIVE LIVING RESOURCES & NEWS

To quickly access our collection of infographics, fact sheets, and reports, visit our resources page.

Public health takes on obesity: A route to better health - Obesity is a serious and costly health problem facing our nation. The number of kids and teens who are obese has nearly tripled in the past three decades, leading to a generation at risk for cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and other serious health problems. However, there is hope. For the first time in recent years, obesity […]
Kids Who Exercise More May Get Better Grades - Getting regular daily exercise of moderate to vigorous intensity may also boost students’ academic performance, according to a new U.K. study. Read more here…
SHIP: Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice - A great video from Minnesota’s Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) that illustrates how community design and environmental interventions impact people’s ability to live healthy lives. Watch the video here…
Program Cuts Child Obesity in San Diego - A great example of an effective collective impact approach to public health in San Diego. Read about it here…
Using outdoors to combat obesity - On Wednesday, MGH and the club unveiled Outdoors Rx, which they said is the first program of its kind that allows health care professionals to prescribe outdoor activity to children in hope of fighting childhood obesity, diabetes, and asthma. Read more here…
How Better Urban Design Makes Us Healthier, Happier, and Sexier - What happens when we redesign the human habitat to take walking out of daily life? Over 35 percent of Americans are now clinically obese. That’s partly because of diet, but also because we’ve designed our cities for cars. Read more here…
role of communities in active living The Role of Communities in Promoting Physical Activity - See how community design impacts residents’ ability to be physically active.
play_matters_img Play Matters: A Case Study of Best Practices to Inform Local Policy and Process in Support of Children’s Play - Children playing outside—in spaces dedicated for play or not—signify a vibrant, healthy community. In cities and towns across America, however, children just don’t get out and play as they used to. The barriers to play include increased screen time, reductions in school-based playtime, more traffic, less open space, run-down play areas, and caregivers’ fears about safety. […]
Smart design can yield healthy habits - During local ‘walkability audit,’ former PBS host says physical activity can spring from infrastruture changes. Read more here…
Exercise Plus Diet Key to Kids’ Weight Loss - Diet and exercise together were more effective at dropping weight and improving metabolic profiles in overweight children compared with diet-only interventions, researchers found. Read more here…