Thank you, Pittsburgh, for giving residents and visitors safer streets for walking, biking, and increased physical activity!
On January 27, volunteers and staff from the American Heart Association, National Complete Streets Coalition and Safe Routes to School National Partnership hosted a webinar that walked through the key elements of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act), providing attendees with a deeper understanding of what was included within this landmark legislation and the impact it will have over the next 5 years on Safe Routes to School programs, Complete Streets policies, and overall infrastructure for walking and biking.
Presenters highlighted what states and local governments can do as a result of the FAST Act. In addition, presenters highlighted the need for advocacy efforts to build in stronger equity components into transportation policy. Visit the FAST Act information page to view the presentation slides, an FAQ as well as a multitude of additional resources. The webinar was recorded and will be available through this page soon.
Thank you, Pittsburgh, for giving residents and visitors safer streets for walking, biking, and increased physical activity!
Sitting in traffic, this DC resident realized that most of her life was spent sitting, and it was making her miserable--learn how she transformed her life.
Two new complete streets and equity reports have been released and are the result of a project to study equity elements in complete streets policies, the characteristics of communities with equity elements in their policies, and to qualitatively understand how equity elements in complete streets policies are being implemented in practice. Learn more about the reports here.
Eight applicants have been awarded funds that will help young students walk, bike and roll safely to and from school.
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They are working on one of Voices for Healthy Kid's six issue areas:
Ensure foods and beverages in schools meet dietary guidelines
Expand community access to high quality food
Expand physical activity programs in and out of school
Improve built environment in communities to increase physical activity
Use pricing strategies to promote purchase of healthier foods
Use regulation/policy to reduce youth exposure to unhealthy food marketing
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Public Health Agencies
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3. Applicant works for an organization:
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Is listed on the organization website as staff
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