Funding opportunities that may assist with the development or implementation of active living policies and plans.
The PLACE Program is not directly associated with any of these organizations.
Data sources that provide local and county level data on health conditions and
behaviors such as heart disease, diabetes, physical
activity and obesity.
Active Living Conferences
Incorporating Health Language into Land-Use and
An informative list of national and California specific active living conferences.
The following resources can assist health agencies
and others draft healthy land-use and transportation policies:
Healthy Planning Policies
How to Create and Implement Healthy General Plans
Active Living by Design
Hidden Health Costs of Transportation
Web Site Links
Web sites of leading organizations and publications in the built environment and public health field.
Articles and Reports
CDC Recommendations for Improving Health through Transportation Policy
Today, the U.S. transportation system is designed to move people and goods quickly and efficiently.
However, there is a growing awareness among communities that transportation systems impact quality of
life and health. As a result, innovative policies and programs that protect and promote health while
accomplishing primary transportation objectives are being sought.
The Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC) has identified transportation policies and provided recommendations that can have positive impacts on health.
With implementation of these policies, transportation systems will have the ability to promote healthier communities.
Recommended Community Strategies and Measurements to Prevent Obesity in the United States
Recent reports have shown that approximately two-thirds of U.S. adults and one-fifth of U.S. children are obese or overweight.
This trend is a growing epidemic and is dependent upon many built environment factors. For this reason, it is important to promote healthy
communities and lifestyles. A report by the CDC identified and recommended a set of strategies and associated measurements that communities and local
governments can use to plan and monitor environmental and policy-level changes for obesity prevention. It provides a resource
of these policies and recommendations to help address this problem on a community level.
Active Transportation for America: A Case for Increased Federal Investment in Bicycling and Walking
Active Transportation for America makes the case and quantifies the national benefits—for the first time—that increased federal funding in bicycling and walking infrastructure would provide tens of billions of dollars in benefits to all Americans.
By making active transportation a viable option for everyday travel, we will cost-effectively reduce oil dependence, climate pollution and obesity rates while providing more and better choices for getting around town.
Creating Healthy Environments: Case Studies of Local Health Departments
What strategies, relationships, and roles are local health departments using to promote healthy built environments?
In an effort to promote collaboration between public health departments, foundations, local governments,
and community design professionals, three local public health departments in California were profiled in
case studies about their work on built environment issues.
Los Angeles County was featured in one such study,
the Creating Healthy Built Environments: Case Studies of Local Public Health Departments in California,
which was published by the California Center for Physical Activity’s and Safe & Healthy Communities Consulting.
All three case studies are listed below:
CDC recommended Evidence-Based
Resources and Strategies:
National Afterschool Association Standards for Healthy
Eating and Physical Activity ( PDF guideline)
Describes current, evidence-based, practical standards
for healthy eating and physical activity that will
foster positive outcomes for children in grades K–12.
CDC's LEAN Works! A Workplace Obesity Prevention Program
Provides a Web-based, evidence-based resource to design
effective work site obesity prevention and control
programs, including a cost calculator to estimate how
much obesity is costing the work site and how much
savings could be reaped with different workplace
Chronic Disease: Physical Activity and Health Module
Introduces public health practitioners to the latest
recommendations for physical activity and explores the
scientific evidence of physical activity and certain
Bicycling and Walking in the United States: 2012
Reports on extensive data at the state and national
level, safety, policies, grassroots advocacy, influences
on pedestrian/bike rates, and public health impacts.
Activity Guidelines for Americans (PDF)
Provides science-based guidance to help Americans aged 6
and older improve their health through appropriate
Walkability Checklist (PDF)
Partnership for a Walkable America, Pedestrian and
Bicycle Information Center (PBIC), USDOT.
Los Angeles County
Contra Costa County