Transportation’s Role in Reducing Childhood Obesity

Supported by the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF): An Effort to Reduce Childhood Obesity

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Active Living By Design
Web site:
“Active Living By Design (ALBD) creates community-led change by working with local and national partners to build a culture of active living and healthy eating. Established by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, ALBD is part of the North Carolina Institute for Public Health at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.”

Active Living Network
Web site:
“While a complex range of factors contributes to the epidemic of obesity, increasing attention is turning to how the places we live, work and play affect public health and our ability to be physically active. From elevators and drive-thru restaurants to cul-de-sac suburbs and strip malls, opportunities for routine physical activity have been steadily engineered out of many parts of American life. The Active Living Network, supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), is dedicated to halting this troubling trend by finding creative ways to reintegrate physical activity into daily life.”

Active Living Research
Web site:
“Using evidence to prevent Childhood Obesity and Create Active Communities.

American Institute of Architects
Web site:
“With nearly 300 state and local chapters, the AIA serves as the voice of the architecture profession and the resource for our members in service to society. (View the AIA 2010-2015 Strategic Plan and the AIA Strategic Plan Toolkit.)”

American Planning Association
Web site:
“APA is a nonprofit education and membership organization. Members include practicing planners, planning students, elected and appointed officials, planning commissioners, and interested citizens.”

American Public Health Association
Transportation Issues Web site:
“The resources provide additional information on the links between public health, equity and transportation and APHA’s advocacy efforts to ensure that transportation policy helps, rather than hinders, public health.”

American Public Transportation Association
Web site:
“To strengthen and improve public transportation, APTA serves and leads its diverse membership through advocacy, innovation and information sharing.”

American Society of Landscape Architects
Web site:
“ASLA is the national professional association for landscape architects, representing 17,000 members in 48 professional chapters and 68 student chapters. The Society's mission is to lead, to educate, and to participate in the careful stewardship, wise planning, and artful design of our cultural and natural environments.”

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CDC Transportation Recommendations Web site:
“CDC supports strategies that can provide a balanced portfolio of transportation choices that supports health and reduces health care costs.”

County Health Rankings & Roadmaps
Web site:
“This collection of 50 reports – one per state – helps community leaders see that where we live, learn, work, and play influences how healthy we are and how long we live. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is collaborating with the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute to develop these Rankings for each state’s counties.”

County of Los Angeles Public Health Policies for Livable, Active Communities and Environments (PLACE) Program
Web site:
“The PLACE Program is dedicated to fostering policy change that supports the development of healthy, safe and active environments for all Los Angeles County residents.”

National Center for Safe Routes to School
Web site:
“Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs are sustained efforts by parents, schools, community leaders and local, state, and federal governments to improve the health and well-being of children by enabling and encouraging them to walk and bicycle to school.”

National Complete Streets Coalition
Web site:
“Complete Streets are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users. Instead of fighting for better streets block by block, the National Complete Streets Coalition seeks to fundamentally transform the look, feel, and function of the roads and streets in our community, by changing the way most roads are planned, designed, and constructed.”

National Policy & Legal Analysis Network to Prevent Childhood Obesity
Web site:
“Though we have a new identity, our mission when it comes to our work preventing childhood obesity remains the same: we create innovative law and policy solutions that transform neighborhoods, cities, and states. We do this because achieving the common good means everyone has safe places to live and be active, nourishing food, and more opportunities to ensure health.”

Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center
Web site:
“The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) is a national clearinghouse for information about health and safety, engineering, advocacy, education, enforcement, access, and mobility for pedestrians (including transit users) and bicyclists.”
Web site:
“Driven by a belief that technology has created the opportunity to tap the talents, creativity, expertise and energy of potential collaborators, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) launched to harness the power of online networks to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic.”

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation | Childhood Obesity
Web site:
“We want to help all children and families eat well and move more—especially those in communities at highest risk for obesity. Our goal is to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic by 2015 by improving access to affordable healthy foods and increasing opportunities for physical activity in schools and communities across the nation.”

Safe Routes to School National Partnership
Web site:
“The Safe Routes to School National Partnership’s mission is to advocate for safe walking and bicycling to and from schools, and in daily life, to improve the health and well-being of America’s children and to foster the creation of livable, sustainable communities.”

The National Academies
Web site:
“Four organizations make up the Academies: the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council. Known collectively as the National Academies, our organization produces groundbreaking reports that have helped shape sound policies, inform public opinion, and advance the pursuit of science, engineering, and medicine.”

Transportation For America Coalition
Web site:
“Transportation for America has formed a broad coalition of housing, business, environmental, public health, transportation, equitable development, and other organizations. We’re all seeking to align our national, state, and local transportation policies with an array of issues like economic opportunity, climate change, energy security, health, housing and community development.”

Transportation Research Board
Web site:
“The mission of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) is to promote innovation and progress in transportation through research. In an objective and interdisciplinary setting, TRB facilitates the sharing of information on transportation practice and policy by researchers and practitioners; stimulates research and offers research management services that promote technical excellence; provide expert advice on transportation policy and programs; and disseminates research results broadly and encouraged their implementation.”

U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration

Web site:
“The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is an agency within the U.S. Department of Transportation that supports State and local governments in the design, construction, and maintenance of the Nation’s highway system (Federal Aid Highway Program) and various federally and tribal owned lands (Federal Lands Highway Program). Through financial and technical assistance to State and local governments, the Federal Highway Administration is responsible for ensuring that America’s roads and highways continue to be among the safest and most technologically sound in the world.”

Walkable and Livable Communities Institute, Inc.
Web site:
“The WALC Institute is an educational, non-profit organization working to create healthy, connected communities that support active living and that advance opportunities for all people through walkable streets, livable cities and better built environments.”

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