All Blog Posts Tagged 'built_environment' (11)

What's the big deal about "greenspace"?

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Added by Marisel Brown on June 26, 2012 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

ATTENTION PUBLIC HEALTH PRACTIONERS: Can you name five characteristics of a walkable community?

The emphasis on the built environment in public health is hard to escape.  Conferences, podcasts, webinars.......you name it......there is a discussion concerning getting people to walk more frequently in their daily lives.  The task for public health practitioners is to bring evidence to discussions in order to inform decision makers on parks, transportation, and planning boards to consider public health goals in their deliberations. 

If asked, anyone working on community health…

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Added by Marisel Brown on March 16, 2012 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

The Lancet highlights obesity in time for United Nations high-level NCD meeting

The August 26, 2011 issue of The Lancet is dedicated to the global obesity epidemic. The issue was timed to coincide with the upcoming United Nations high-level  meeting concerning non-communicable diseases. The first high profile global meeting dedicated to obesity was sponsored by the…

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Added by Marisel Brown on August 27, 2011 at 10:15pm — 2 Comments

Walkonomics: Website tabulates neighborhood walkability metrics

I recall reading a post on this network about Walkonomics.  The post said that real estate companies were starting to use a neighborhood's walking attributes as part of the sales pitch.  From the website it seems, the idea is catching on. It seems the original group secured funding for a fairly sophisticated website.  Does anyone recall reading that post about a year plus ago?

 From website "About' page

Walkonomics aims to rate the pedestrian-friendliness…

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Added by Fiona Hyde on June 27, 2011 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

PolicyLink examines White House's 2011 federal budget equity provisions

Public health practitioners and advocates can claim 2010 as a turning point in the public health landscape. As imperfect as it may be, there was the passage of health reform. Now comes a budget from the White House with a focus on important social determinants of health. Promise Neighborhoods, the Fresh Food Financing Initiative, & a groundbreaking partnership between EPA, HUD, & DOT are only a few of the initatives highlighted in this useful policy brief.…

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Added by Marisel Brown on June 3, 2010 at 11:26am — No Comments

CAMPAIGN : Get the word out about active transportation bill in Congress

My husband is a civil engineer so his professional organization keeps up with infrastructure legislation/projects. Walking/biking trails are not big ticket items for these firms, but he did send me an email concerning a bill in Congress introduced by a congressman from Oregon.

Apparently, the bill would provide funds for more walking, biking, hiking/running trails in cities and towns. So here is the link to the campaign.…

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Added by Fiona Hyde on April 7, 2010 at 5:13pm — No Comments

REPORT: Active Transportation for America from Rails to Trails Conservancy

The Rails to Trails Conservancy (RTC) issued an excellent report that is being used as a key advocacy document for U.S. Representative Ed Blumenaur's (OR) bill to build more federal funds to foster pedestrian/cyclist friendly projects in the nation''s communities.

http://www.railstotrails.org/ourWork/advocacy/activeTransportation/makingTheCase/index.html

Added by Marisel Brown on April 7, 2010 at 4:34pm — No Comments

Transportation 101 crash course from the Surface Transportation Policy Partnership

The Surface Transportation Policy Partnership hosted two webinars for newcomers to transportation policy. With the tranportation bill finally making its way through the Senate's process, it may be time to get up to speed on a few transportation policy basics and history. There are two webinars available on line and a useful web page that sumarized tranportation policy highlights since the Eisenhower administration:

From the Margins to the Mainstream webinar series.…

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Added by Marisel Brown on March 3, 2010 at 6:49pm — No Comments

Reconnecting America report links transportation practices to public health goals

Portions of text from Reconnecting America website



Efforts to increase density and check urban sprawl are goals of transportation reform advocates. Driving the Built Environment: Going Compact is a good primer for community heath advocates/public health practitioners to become familiar with the points of agreement & the intersection of transporation practices and community community health goals.



Increasing population and employment density in… Continue

Added by Marisel Brown on November 17, 2009 at 4:00pm — No Comments

ASLA livable communities policy reflects basics of healthy communities

The American Society of Landscape Architects has developed a number of policy positions that are very much in synch with what healthy community advocates consider a healthy living/built environment. Landscape architects are a little known group that champions equity and sustainable practices.



Below is a copy of the policy from ASLA's advocacy page.

http://www.asla.org/ContentDetail.aspx?id=23266"… Continue

Added by Marisel Brown on November 4, 2009 at 12:30pm — No Comments

REPORT--- Driving the Built Environment: Going Compact

Portions of text from Reconnecting America website



Efforts to increase density and check urban sprawl are goals of transportation reform advocates. Driving the Built Environment: Going Compact is a good primer for community heath advocates/public health practitioners to become familiar with the points of agreement & the ntersection of transporation responses and community community health goals.



Increasing population and employment density in metropolitan… Continue

Added by Marisel Brown on September 14, 2009 at 3:00pm — No Comments

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