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Contact your Policymakers Professional Association

Participate in APHA's legislative action alerts and urge policymakers to vote for and act on behalf of public health programs and services. ... | Read More

Convert Old Rail Corridors into Trails Advocacy Association

Convert out-of-service rail corridors into trails. Link parks, trails, and greenways to local destinations of interest to ensure that walking and bicycling trips are as convenient as using a car. In the Washington DC area,the Capital Crescent Trail was converted from an old rail road track into to a paved trail that is now used heavily for physical activities such as cycling, walking and jogging. ... | Read More

Create Interconnected Bike Paths Advocacy Association

Creating more bike/pedestrian friendly paths along roads, that are connected to places of interest will provide communities with an environment that encourages physical activity, and alternative methods of transportation. The City of Davis in California has created an extensive bicycle network and it is estimated that 25% of all trips are made on bicycle within the city compared to less than the national average of 1%. ... | Read More

Create Alternative Commuter Options Advocacy Association

Chapel Hill has created a Commuter Alternative Program to discourage people from driving to and from campus which increases daily physical activity and reduces traffic congestion on UNC's Campus. University employees and students who use alternate modes of transportation (transit, park-and-ride, bicycling, walking, car/vanpooling) instead of driving a single occupancy vehicle to campus are rewarded. Benefits include free park-and-ride decals, occasional use permits for restricted university parking areas, emergency rides home, discount cards for use at local stores, and entry into monthly prize drawings. ... | Read More

Create Complete Streets Advocacy Association

The way streets, sidewalks and transportation systems are designed influence the amount of physical activity adults and children get. Complete streets allow for safe travels on foot, bicycle, or public transportation. By providing safe and convenient travel for everyone-including children, families, older adults, and people with disabilities-complete streets not only help people stay active and healthy but also reduce traffic and pollution. ... | Read More


People everywhere are taking action – and they’re making a difference. From developing better eating and exercise habits to encouraging others to quit smoking, folks all across the nation are banding together to help make this country healthy. Read these three stories of success and find your inspiration to improve the health of your community.

Healthy Minnesota 2020

State seal of MinesotaThe Minnesota Department of Health has dynamically utilized America’s Health Rankings to build successful partnerships and action plans to improve health outcomes in their state.

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Live Well STL

Mary Jo Condon updates the progress of the Live Well STL initiative.  With support from United Health Foundation and the National Business Coalition on Health (NBCH), the St. Louis Area Business Health Coalition and the Midwest Health Initiative, developed Live Well STL to support St. Louis area residents in achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.

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Now in its fourth year, the MaineHealth Health Index Initiative was launched in 2009-10 with the two-fold aim of: 1) Engaging MaineHealth, Maine’s largest integrated health system, and its partners to use health data to inform needs and opportunities to improve the health of the nearly 1.0 million people in the 11 counties served by the MaineHealth system, and 2) Monitor improvements made in health status over time

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