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Propelling the Movement for Change

By Jill Birnbaum on September 30th, 2015

Reflections from Voices for Healthy Kids As advocates, each year we look with hope for new statistics that may show us more signs of progress in the obesity epidemic. Some good news came in the latest State of Obesity report—rates have remained stable among girls, regardless of race or ethnicity. Unfortunately, rates continued to increase […]

Let’s #StepItUp for Children

By Risa Wilkerson on September 16th, 2015

Last week, the U.S. Surgeon General called on our nation to better support walking and walkability as a fundamental health strategy. Speakers noted that walking is a basic human right and a civil rights issue. I strongly agree, having been with advocates in poverty-stricken neighborhoods as they described how their children have to cross dangerous […]

The Surgeon General’s Call: Get on your Feet or Wheels!

By Phil Bors on September 11th, 2015

This week, our nation’s top physician and Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek H. Murthy, released his first national Call to Action, Step it Up! The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities. I hope that this significant, science-based document will accelerate two of the simplest activities we can do to improve our […]

Community Traditions and Childhood Obesity

By Joanne Lee on September 9th, 2015

Visits to my childhood home in Hawai’i offer opportunities to reflect. I grew up as an overweight child, and my parents and I struggled to find practical and sustainable solutions. Having worked in the healthy communities field for more than a decade, I now see my childhood community through a different lens. During a recent […]

Leadership Changes Bring Opportunity to Refresh and Renew

By Sarah Strunk on September 3rd, 2015

To every thing there is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven. With these words on my mind and gratitude in my heart, I’m pleased to announce a new chapter for Active Living By Design (ALBD) and for me, personally. Effective October 12th, I will be transitioning into a new role at […]