Introducing the Assembly: Civic Design Guidelines

“The Center for Active Design is thrilled to announce the release of the Assembly: Civic Design Guidelines, a groundbreaking playbook for creating well-designed and well-maintained public spaces as a force for building trust and healing divisions in local communities.

The Assembly Guidelines capture the culmination of four years of research and collaboration—with input from 200+ studies, 50+ cities, and dozens of expert advisors—to provide evidence-based design and maintenance strategies for creating cities where people trust each other, have confidence in local institutions, and actively work together to address local priorities.

Funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, this is a pivotal and timely resource for anyone who designs, builds, manages, studies, or advocates for public space. Practitioners can use the Assembly Guidelines in a variety of ways: apply the checklist to a public space project; initiate dialogue about local civic challenges; test tactical, low-cost design interventions; and shape decision-making around capital investments.

CfAD is delighted to share the Assembly Guidelines as an inspiring, practical tool that serves as a call to action for designing and maintaining great public spaces for all.”

Active transportation Complete Streets Implementation

Food Service Guidelines: Supporting Healthy Worksites Toolkit

OPCE developed a document with practical guidance and resources to use when developing, adopting, implementing, and evaluating food service guidelines. These guidelines are intended to help CHSC coordinators consider the range of settings where they can influence healthy food options, and to showcase useful resources and tools. Champions within an organization can also use these guidelines to improve their worksite nutritional environments.

Food/Beverage Procurement Food/Beverage Standards Healthy Food Environment Worksite Wellness

BE Active: Connecting Routes + Destinations

CDC released BE Active: Connecting Routes + Destinations—resources that support the Community Guide’s recommendation to promote and increase physical activity in communities. State and local health departments, public health professionals, and community organizations working on ways to increase physical activity can use the Real World Examples, Implementation Resource Guide, and Visual Guide to guide their implementation process as they aim to build more activity-friendly communities.

Complete Streets Implementation

Strategies for Recess in Schools

CDC, in collaboration with SHAPE America, developed a document, “Strategies for Recess in Schools,” that outlines strategies for planning and providing recess in schools to help increase participation in physical activity and improve academic achievement. The strategies recommended in this document are based on an environmental scan of recess in schools; were guided by expert researchers, practitioners, and non-governmental organizations; and discussed and reviewed by physical educators, school administrators, and stakeholders.

CSPAP Recess

Recess Planning Template

Supports schools to customize what is included in the recess plan to reflect their existing priorities and make recess decisions that support the unique culture of their school.

CSPAP Recess

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