Health Professionals

Case Studies

100 Years of Walking

Fifty-nine years ago Donald Bean’s youngest son was born. Mr. Bean was 40 years old, living in Philadelphia with his wife and their two older boys, and he decided that he needed to take steps toward a long life. He wanted to improve his chances of a long, healthy life so he decided to go for a jog … Continue reading 100 Years of Walking

Walkable Town on the Prairie

America Walks is pleased to be able to offer access to the latest article by Jay Walljasper, Walkable Town on the Prairie. The article looks at how the community of Albert Lea, MN is embracing a healthy lifestyles including walking are not just priorities for big cities. The town of 18,000 has been working towards the goal … Continue reading Walkable Town on the Prairie

Washington: Health Impact Assessments

The Clark County, WA, Public Health Department collaborated with the Department of Community Planning to conduct a comprehensive Health Impact Assessment (HIA) for the County’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan. Adopted in 2010, the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan identifies policies and projects to facilitate cycling and walking. The planning and public-health departments conducted an … Continue reading Washington: Health Impact Assessments

Cary: Subdivision Ordinances

Through the process of creating its 2001 Land Use Plan, the town of Cary, NC, formulated goals for itself: retain a sense of place, have a more human-scale and pedestrian-oriented environment, avoid strip development along arterials, focus commercial activity into discrete nodes, and increase connectivity. Street connectivity was seen as a way to foster a … Continue reading Cary: Subdivision Ordinances

San Jose: LOS Exemptions for Walking

In the 1960’s, San José, CA, grew rapidly in automobile-oriented growth patterns until roadways became congested and undeveloped land more scarce. San José updated its transportation policy in 2005 to give priority to pedestrians, transit, and bicyclists in specific locations. Those areas included parts of the city zoned for higher densities, planned communities, and transit-oriented … Continue reading San Jose: LOS Exemptions for Walking

PA & NJ: Context-Sensitive Design

In 2008, the Pennsylvania and New Jersey departments of transportation, in collaboration with the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, published The Smart Transportation Guidebook. The publication provided the framework for updating all other DOT processes around six tenants: Adapt solutions to the context, tailor the approach, plan projects with community collaboration, accommodate alternative transportation modes, … Continue reading PA & NJ: Context-Sensitive Design

New York: Planning for Multiple Modes

In 2009, NYC Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) and MTA New York City Transit (NYCT) teamed up to design and implement the M15 Select Bus Service (SBS) line along First and Second Avenues in Manhattan. The SBS project, which was modeled after bus rapid transit to provide subway-like service with buses, aimed to meet goals previously … Continue reading New York: Planning for Multiple Modes

Toronto: Arterial Street Redesigns

Kingston Road, a six-lane highway in Toronto, Ontario, became the subject of several “revisioning” sessions. The first of these visions emerged from a two-week design charette sponsored by Canadian Architect magazine and the City of Toronto in 2006, which recommended an incremental design strategy. The vision include pocket parks connecting crosswalks and medians, and temporary … Continue reading Toronto: Arterial Street Redesigns

New York: Analyze Person Delay

New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) wanted to create a transit-friendly review process for proposed projects that better recognized the transportation efficiency of buses. So NYCDOT worked with the Mayor’s Office of Environmental Coordination to require person-delay calculations for proposed transportation or land-use projects that affect bus lanes. The new requirements were written into … Continue reading New York: Analyze Person Delay

San Francisco: Improving by Policy

San Francisco has made itself a more walkable community through a variety of policy approaches. The city first passed a Better Streets Policy in 2006 to create a unifed set of standards, guidelines, and implementation strategies for its pedestrian environment. While agencies coordinated to create the Better Streets Plan, however, residents were still being hurt on the streets. Between 2005 and 2008, … Continue reading San Francisco: Improving by Policy

Discussion Forums

Discussion Forum: The Impact of Walking on the Environment and the Economy

Safe, walkable communities impact both the environment and economy. We’ve invited an expert in each of these areas. Jackie Ostfeld, Director of Nearby Nature for the Sierra Club, will provide the audience with a brief overview of walking and its impact on the environment and how getting children outdoors and more active will strengthen the … Continue reading Discussion Forum: The Impact of Walking on the Environment and the Economy

Walk and Work: Innovative Ways to Integrate Walking into Workplace and Business Practices

Join America Walks and Alliance for Biking & Walking for an informative and interactive discussion on Walk and Work: Innovative Ways to Integrate Walking into Workplace and Business Practices. At this forum, you’ll hear about: A university’s plans to integrate and provide walking and physical activity into the “workstyle” of employees. A major health plan’s regional activities … Continue reading Walk and Work: Innovative Ways to Integrate Walking into Workplace and Business Practices

Public Health and Walking: Turning Policy and Programs into Action

This discussion forum will explore the intersection between transportation, walking and public health and discuss activities that support both policy development and implementation. The audience will have an opportunity to hear from experts in the field and join the discussion on how to continue to empower the public health and transportation communities to work together.

Tactics

Assess Pedestrian Projects, Plans or Policies with Health Impact Assessment

Health Impact Assessment (HIA) is a process that analyzes the potential health impacts of a proposed plan, project, or policy that is typically outside the public health realm, such as transportation or land use decisions. An HIA provides evidence to help health be considered in that decision-making process. An HIA usually suggests ways of mitigating, … Continue reading Assess Pedestrian Projects, Plans or Policies with Health Impact Assessment

Adopt a Complete Streets Policy

While traditional traffic engineering designs streets primarily for vehicles, a Complete Streets policy directs transportation planners and engineers to design and operate rights-of-way for safe access for everyone on the street, regardless of age, ability, or mode of transportation. Guidance Build a Complete Streets coalition with transportation planners and engineers, public health professionals, public officials, … Continue reading Adopt a Complete Streets Policy

Webinars

Designing for Inclusive Health Webinar (March 30, 2017)

America Walks and the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD) – Lakeshore Foundation are excited to announce a new micro-grant program. This program will award grantees up to $1,500.00 for projects related to supporting disability inclusion strategies that make healthier choices the easier choices for all people in areas where they may … Continue reading Designing for Inclusive Health Webinar (March 30, 2017)

New Webinar: Designing for Inclusive Health (March 30, 2017)

Register Here Webinar Title: Designing for Inclusive Health Webinar Date/Time: March 30, 2017 at 1pm Eastern, 10am Pacific Register Here About the Webinar America Walks and the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD) – Lakeshore Foundation are excited to announce a new micro-grant program. This program will award grantees up to $1,500.00 … Continue reading New Webinar: Designing for Inclusive Health (March 30, 2017)

Lessons from Dissemination and Implementation Research for Interventions Promoting Walking and Walkability Webinar (August 16, 2016)

The objective of this session is to discuss how complex research results can be translated to inform practice and policy. The presenters describe appropriate study designs and methods for Dissemination and Implementation research. These principles are illustrated with examples.   Additional Resources Introductory Slides  Ross C. Brownson Presentation: Public Health and Policy Dissemination Research  Jacqueline Kerr Presentation: … Continue reading Lessons from Dissemination and Implementation Research for Interventions Promoting Walking and Walkability Webinar (August 16, 2016)

America Walks “What’s Happening in Health Care?” Report

Introduction On Friday, February 20th, America Walks continued the “Inspiring Stories” webinar series with the presentation titled “What’s Happening in Health Care?”   You can view a recording of the webinar HERE. The report is also available for download here. Our presenters shared what their institutions are doing to incorporate health promotion, specifically walking and walkability, … Continue reading America Walks “What’s Happening in Health Care?” Report

America Walks “What’s Happening In Health Care” Webinar

Walking is one of the healthiest activities you can take up, so this webinar showcases two exciting programs from the health care industry. David Pauer of the Cleveland Clinic describes how doctors, nurses, and other health care workers are modeling healthy behavior through the clinic’s employee wellness program, while Jennifer MacDougall presents BlueCross BlueShield of … Continue reading America Walks “What’s Happening In Health Care” Webinar

Health & the Environment – An Interdisciplinary Approach to Healthy Aging

Health, the environment and other factors such as lifestyle have a great impact on overall quality of life.  Research shows that being healthy over our lifespan and healthy aging have a direct correlation.  We know physical activity/walking is one of the key ingredients in achieving this goal.  This webinar will feature the health benefits of … Continue reading Health & the Environment – An Interdisciplinary Approach to Healthy Aging

Model Pedestrian Safety Programs

Pedestrian fatalities, over the past couple of years have increased, while overall traffic fatalities have declined.  As a result, transportation organizations and other agencies that focus on health and recreation have taken a close look at developing safety programs designed to protect people who are walking and rolling This webinar will feature two such programs … Continue reading Model Pedestrian Safety Programs

Taking Action on the Surgeon General’s Call to Action on Walking

Webinar Description Make your voice count. Learn how to make the most of your message to the Surgeon General through the Federal Register. Get technical support for your detailed comments on the Surgeon General’s proposed Call to Action on Walking. Become familiar with resources at the Every Body Walk! on-line action center. Learn how your organization can ‘endorse’ this letter … Continue reading Taking Action on the Surgeon General’s Call to Action on Walking