This user-friendly guide addresses the common challenges local advocates face when working to improve streets. Are you looking to create better streets in your neighborhood or community? Have you gotten discouraged by bureaucratic red tape or simple lack of communication? Or, are you passionate about great streets but struggling to get neighbors or city officials to share your enthusiasm or vision for people-centered public spaces?
Walkability is a crucial first step in creating sustainable transportation in an urban environment. Effectively understanding and measuring the complex ecology of walkability has proven challenging for many organizations and governments, given the various levels of policy-making and implementation involved. In the past, Western and Eurocentric standards have permeated measurement attempts and have included data collection practices that are too complicated to have utility in many parts of the world or at a level beyond that of the neighborhood. In order to expand the measurement of walkability to more places and to promote a better understanding of walkability, ITDP has developed Pedestrians First. This tool will facilitate the understanding and the measurement of the features that promote walkability in urban environments around the world at multiple levels. With a better global understanding of walkability, and more consistent and frequent measurement of the walkability of urban environments, decision-makers will be empowered to enact policies that create more walkable urban areas.
Raising money through fundraisers can support the financial health of schools. Yet, when non-nutritious foods are sold, it is at the expense of the health and well-being of children and their families. Eating habits are greatly influenced by the types of foods and beverages that are available. When schools sell candy, cookies, and other unhealthy foods, they are increasing their availability. Schools across New York are changing how they fundraise—whether it’s to provide fun, family activities; to help community members recycle unwanted electronics; or to sell school promotional items—to make a positive impact in the community. Some of the most successful ideas are provided on this handout.
Kid Power Ups are short, interactive videos that get kids dancing and moving—the ideal brain break to help kids re-focus and learn more. These activity breaks also help other children around the world. It’s a winning combination of kids-helping-kids, and teachers and students all over the U.S. are loving it!
This handout covers frequently asked questions for starting a bike train program. This resource is great for school staff and principals!
With a bike train, a group of students bike to school together, accompanied by adults who make sure students stay safe and have fun. A bike train is a fun and easy way for kids to
safely get physical activity on the way to or from school and a great way for students who live too far to conveniently walk to participate in Safe Routes to School.
Increasing access to healthier foods and beverages in public places is a fast-growing movement across the country. This resource provides comparisons of nutrition-based and food-based standards for prepared foods sold or served at catered meetings and events, cafeterias and cafes, concessions stands, university campuses, and other public and private food service settings. Also included is a comparison of beverage standards for food service settings.
Increasing access to healthier foods and beverages in public places is a fast-growing movement across the country. This chart compares different sets of recommended nutrition criteria for vended beverages, packaged snacks, and entrée-type foods.
The Partnership for a Healthier America and the National Association of Convenience Stores launched a healthier product calculator. This healthier product calculator allows retailers, manufacturers and distributors to easily identify packaged foods and beverages that meet PHA’s Healthier Food and Beverage Product Criteria.
“We know all kids should get 60 minutes of physical activity each day. Physical activity in the classroom as a great way to help your
students meet these minutes! Strive to incorporate at least 10 minutes of daily physical activity through movement breaks in your
classroom. Teachers can download the Action for Healthy Kids Classroom Physical Activity Tracker. Teachers can post it in a visible location and assign a student to fill it out at the end of each day.”
This 2 pages observational tool is designed to assess key street-level features of a neighborhood environment that are thought to be related to physical activity behavior. Data collected can be used to generate data to create community awareness or to focus and advocate for environmental improvements.
The Built Environment Assessment Tool (BE Tool) measures the core features and qualities of the built environment that affect health, especially walking, biking, and other types of physical activity.
The core features assessed in the BE Tool include:
Built environment infrastructure—such as road types, curb cuts and ramps, intersections and crosswalks, traffic control, and public transportation.
Walkability—for example, access to safe, attractive sidewalks and paths with inviting features.
Bikeability—such as the presence of bike lane or bike path features.
Recreational sites and structures.
Food environment—such as access to grocery stores, convenience stores, and farmers markets. The tool itself is Appendix D . See the links at the bottom of the page.
A new assessment tool for assessing the rural built environment (iCHART) looks at community design, transportation infrastructure, safety, aesthetics, and recreational facilities. The tool was tested in 5 rural communities, including 2 in New York.
The U.S. Department of Transportation recently released a resource for transportation practitioners in small towns and rural communities titled “Small Town and Rural Multimodal Networks.” It applies existing national design guidelines to rural settings and highlights small town and rural case studies. Challenges specific to rural communities are addressed and focus on opportunities to make incremental improvements despite these geographic, fiscal, and other challenges.
A new infographic is available to help schools easily identify physical education and physical activity resources, programs, professional development, grants, training, and technical assistance. Click on the Active Schools area you’d like to explore, and a list of evidenced-based resources will appear.
Healthier Middle Schools: Everyone Can Help is a series of communication tools designed to help you engage teachers, principals, parents, food service managers and students in school wellness efforts. To support healthy food choices and physical activity at your school, a school-wide coordinated approach works best. USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service is providing these resources under its Team Nutrition initiative to help you bring everyone together to promote student wellness and prevent childhood obesity.
CSPI developed a new infographic that lays out nine simple, low-cost tips to support healthy choices at meetings and conferences. We all know that the workplace environment can have a major influence on employee health. Unfortunately, the food served at meetings is typically calorie-dense and nutrient-poor, and day-long conferences set aside little time for physical activity. CSPI’s infographic helps encourage and inform organizations looking to provide a healthier meeting environment. View the resource here: Healthy Meeting Hacks Infographic Final
See this checklist for a list of considerations for what makes great recess. The checklist includes elements relevant to time, play space, games, rules, staff, student empowerment, positive school environment, and ideas for indoor recess.
This Physical Education Program Checklist is designed to help school administrators, principals, teachers and
parents review their schools’ physical education programs to ensure that they are addressing what SHAPE America
has identified as the “essential components” of physical education.
This website offers key strategies, organizations, resources, and success stories in the areas of grocery stores, co-ops, corner stores, farmers’ markets, food hubs, alternative markets, and healthy food marketing.