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Youth Will Make Us Better

By Rich Bell on May 25th, 2014

When youth peer leaders in Fitchburg, MA got involved in the city’s park system, it sparked a newfound sense of pride and ownership in caring for the community’s assets, including a citywide Adopt-A-Park program. These passionate teenagers joined a powerful shift that is reshaping our nation. The largest and most diverse generation in American history, […]

Leading from the Middle: A Strategy for Effective Leadership

By Fay Gibson on May 19th, 2014

  Childhood experiences can leave an indelible mark in our subconscious. For some, they also create a trajectory for addressing health inequities in our communities. With strong support, these experiences can ignite the passion and commitment to return to one’s home and provide the leadership needed to address these important issues. My catalyzing experience was […]

To Build a Bike Lane is to Believe in Tomorrow

By Risa Wilkerson on May 12th, 2014

I’ve often heard, and like the saying, “To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” I love knowing that the seed I plant today will turn into food I enjoy later. Likewise, when I first learned about designing communities for healthy lifestyles, I was passionate about making a difference in my own neighborhood. I […]

Active Living By Design Salutes Congressman Oberstar

By Sarah Strunk on May 11th, 2014

This past weekend, the healthy communities movement lost one of its most beloved leaders, Congressman James Oberstar. Congressman Oberstar represented the 8th Congressional District of Minnesota from 1975 to 2011 and for many years served as chairman and ranking member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. I first met Mr. Oberstar in early 2002 […]