A few new ways to get involved in health and transportation-related events and programs are below.
Free webinar on March 19: Building the Walking MovementNew Strategies and Coalitions: http://americawalks.org/building-the-walking-movement-new-strategies-and-co…
With generous support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and support from APHA, America Walks is hosting the third webinar in the six-part All Things Walking series: Building the Walking MovementNew Strategies and Coalitions. The free webinar will be held on Tuesday, March 19 from 2:30 to 4pm ET.
New program from the Safe Routes to School National Partnership: http://fireupyourfeet.org/
The Safe Routes to School National Partnership is pleased to announce the national expansion of the Fire Up Your Feet program. Newly enhanced, Fire Up Your Feet is the go to resource for families, teachers, and school staff who want to encourage kids to walk, play, and get moving. Centered around the school day, Fire Up Your Feet provides a full range of age-appropriate resources and educational materials to encourage physical activity to, from and at schools. Public health partners can visit fireupyourfeet.org to take advantage of activity tips, healthy fundraising resources, and in some states, an Activity Tracking and Challenge Awards program. Check out the resources available for your region at fireupyourfeet.org.
Participate in Global Youth Traffic Safety Month: http://www.noys.org/global_youth_traffic_safety_month.aspx
Every year in May, young people across the nation unite during Global Youth Traffic Safety Month to focus on the leading cause of death for themselves and their peers: traffic-related crashes. Participate in Global Youth Traffic Safety Month by joining Act Out Loud, which is the traffic safety campaign designed with young adults in mind.
We're excited to announce our 6th Annual Health Impact Assessment
Practitioners Training Course is scheduled for July 15-18, 2013 in Oakland,
CA. Feel free to distribute widely.
You can follow training updates on our website (
http://www.sfphes.org/services/hia-training) or our Facebook page listed
Tim Choi, MPH
Health Impact Assessment Specialist
San Francisco Public Health Foundation
(See attached file: 20130212 Save the date HIA - email.pdf)
Those interested in this may also be interested in our 2011 paper:
Mindell JS, Cohen JM, Watkins S, Tyler N. Synergies between low carbon and healthy transport policies. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers – Transport. 2011;164:127-39.
Dr Jennifer Mindell
Clinical senior lecturer
Health & Social Surveys Research Group
Research Dept of Epidemiology & Public Health
UCL (University College London)
1-19 Torrington Place
London WC1E 6BT
Tel 020 7679 1269
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2. Health Co-Benefits of Active Transport and Other Strategies
for Greenhouse Gas Reduction (Eloisa Raynault)
Date: Fri, 15 Feb 2013 08:03:24 -0500
From: "Eloisa Raynault" <eloisa.raynault(a)apha.org>
Subject: [H+T--Friends] Health Co-Benefits of Active Transport and
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A recently published article "Health co-benefits and transportation-related reductions in greenhouse gas emissions in the San Francisco Bay Area", which appears in the February 14, 2013 online issue of the American Journal of Public Health may be of interest.
For the PDF: http://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/pdf/10.2105/AJPH.2012.300939
For the full-text: http://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/full/10.2105/AJPH.2012.300939
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I’m involved with an advisory cttee that is helping to organize an exhibit
on active living and health/built environment issues at the local Center
for Architecture here in NYC.
The June 2013 exhibit will showcase best practices and will provide a great
visual way for people to learn more about the connection between health and
the built environment. There’s an open call for projects/case studies to be
highlighted in the exhibition right now, so please do submit any good
examples you know of – particularly ones that would be visually compelling.
And feel free to forward this on to others. I think it’s important for
there to be a wide diversity of community and project types from across the
country. The hope is that this exhibit would also be able to ‘travel’ to
other communities outside of NYC, as well, so as soon as I know more about
opportunities for that, I’ll share info.
Thanks! Here’s the info and the link at which folks can submit
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This June the Center for Architecture will open FitNation, an exhibition on
active design in the United States. The exhibition continues the discussion
started by initiatives like New York City’s Active Design
and the Fit City conference, now in its 8th
FitNation will present active design—defined as environmental design that
encourages stair climbing, walking, bicycling, transit use, active
recreation, and healthful eating—at a range of scales. It will show how
designers and architects in partnership with city and national governments
encourage increased physical activity and greater attention to health
through the built environment.
The exhibition will present years of research and professional dialogue to
the public. Renderings, photographs, drawings, animations, and objects will
demonstrate the many ways that design can encourage physical activity to
combat obesity and chronic health problems. We are looking for the best
examples of completed project that demonstrate active design, both in New
York City and the greater United States, for inclusion in the show.
Please let us know if you have a project that incorporates the following in
a focused, innovative manner:
• Stair climbing
• Transit use or other active methods of moving through an urban area
• Active recreation, exercise, sports
• Healthful eating and drinking
• Active adaptive reuse of an existing project, space, or architectural
• Retrofits that encourage more active use of an existing project
Please follow these submission procedures if you would like to have your
projects considered for the exhibition:
• A PDF with up to five images and a brief description or bullets of key
features as they relate to the themes above
• File size no larger than 5 MB
• Email submission to Juliana Barton, Exhibitions Coordinator(
by February 22nd at 5 PM EST
Any questions, please contact Juliana Barton
212-358-6120) or Berit Hoff, Acting Director of Exhibitions, (
Transportation Program Manager
Project for Public Spaces
419 Lafayette Street, Seventh Floor
New York, NY 10003
From: Nejako, Henry (FTA)
Sent: Monday, February 11, 2013 1:51 PM
Subject: Transit riders get fit, stay relaxed [Atlanta Journal-Constitution article reported by Mass Transit Magazine]
Transit riders get fit, stay relaxed
by Steve Visser
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
February 11, 2013
Michael Burns blows past traffic for half of his commute - it is just the first 30 minutes that can leave him stressed out.
He spends that much time going 10 miles on Georgia 400 to the North Springs MARTA station. That half-hour journey to catch the Red Line to the Peachtree Center station, he said, undercuts almost all the anti-stress benefits of travel by train.
"All it takes is five minutes of 400 to make it bad... you're going to be stuck in bumper to bumper traffic," the 37-year-old said. "It gets really stressful when you are two minutes away, people are stuck in the shoulder lane and the train leaves in five minutes.
"Once you're on the train, it is pretty low stress."
Researchers have documented links between personal health and public transit. Riders benefit from stress reduction and increased exercise because they do a lot more walking than just to the garage. Riders said on the train or bus they did everything from knit to watch videos. Occasionally some strike up friendships.
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