Tag Archives: Parks / Playgrounds / Trails

It’s Not About the Horseshoes

By Tim Schwantes on October 25th, 2017

A few months ago I joined members of the Alamance Wellness Collaborative, a county-wide coalition that Healthy Places by Design supports, on visits to sites around Alamance County, NC. I helped organize this field trip so Collaborative members could learn about different built environment projects co-funded by Impact Alamance and local municipalities. We were learning […]

Community Health and Climate Change: Local Strategies Can Address Both

By Sarah Moore on September 13th, 2017

The American Public Health Association (APHA) declared 2017 the Year of Climate Change and Health. And, fittingly, September was designated Extreme Weather Month. As Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina are beginning the long recovery from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, 140 wildfires are consuming two million acres of land in California, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, […]

It’s Spring. Don’t Just #FindYourPark—Defend Parks for Others

By Sarah Moore on March 23rd, 2017

I was a “free-range” kid before that term existed. In the rural Southeast, neighbors’ homes lay miles beyond pastures and tracts of forest. I was a serial trespasser on other folks’ property, but we were all spread so far apart that no one seemed to notice. I followed cow paths to creeks and swam in […]

Atlanta’s BeltLine: So Much More than a Walkway

By Phil Bors on May 11th, 2016

I just returned from Atlanta after participating in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) second annual Walkability Action Institute, which was convened by CDC and organized by the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD). Having worked for a state health department, I traveled to Atlanta many times to spend countless hours in […]

Forging a New Generation of Outdoor Enthusiasts

By Mary Beth Powell on March 18th, 2015

“Everyone must believe in something. I believe I’ll go canoeing.” —Henry David Thoreau. Numerous barriers discourage outdoor activity, like lack of transportation, safety concerns, and for low-income families, the very real financial burden of paying for admission to a state or national park. That’s why I am especially excited about a new national program, the […]

Are We Taking Play Seriously?

By Phil Bors on November 19th, 2014

There is nothing frivolous about children’s play. It is so important that the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights recognizes “the right of the child to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts.” Apparently, […]

Phoenix, AZ: Community Engagement for Equity Example

By Tim Schwantes on August 11th, 2014

The Maryvale on the Move initiative in Phoenix, Arizona, worked energetically and persistently to engage, prepare and involve low-income residents through training, assessment and a variety of real-time opportunities to collaborate with professionals and advocate for change.

Investing in Healthy Community Change

By Sarah Moore on August 8th, 2014

This document offers a range of insights that challenge business as usual, and explores lessons learned about investing in healthy community change to help funders of all sizes leverage their investments, achieve their goals and sustain their results.

Fitchburg, MA: Community Engagement for Equity Example

By Tim Schwantes on August 8th, 2014

The Fun ’n FITchburg (FnF) initiative capitalized on Fitchburg’s diversity by creating the 50-member Community Mobilization Network.

Washington, DC: Community Capacity Building Example

By Tim Schwantes on August 8th, 2014

The Summit Health Institute for Research and Education (SHIRE) contracted with DC Hunger Solutions to advocate for increased funding for after-school meals and with Groundwork Anacostia River DC to advocate for funding of a Park Rangers pilot program.