Thank you, Pittsburgh, for giving residents and visitors safer streets for walking, biking, and increased physical activity!
Media Advocacy Manager
I work with Voices for Healthy Kids as the media advocacy manager. I have a background in communications and media relations, and I love the way personal stories can help people understand real situations from another point of view. By seeing the impact current policies have on the lives of individuals, you can create a movement to positively impact the lives of many.
PreventObesity.net Role: I am an editor for PreventObesity.net.
Policy Passion: My family relocated a little more than a year ago. When we were looking for a new place to live, we talked about they kind of place we wanted to live more than the actual location. I have a passion to help more communities become the kind of place I want to live – a place where my kids can safely walk to school, where I can run most of my errands on foot, on a bike, or using public transportation, and lots of places to be active as a family.
Favorite Food: Anything I can grow or pick! I have lots of yummy things growing in my garden right now: blueberries, tomatoes, peppers, beets, carrots, radishes, sugar snap peas, green beans, Brussels sprouts, strawberries, cucumbers and pumpkins. By the end of summer there will be loads of wild blackberries to pick.
Favorite Exercise: I walk at least 5 miles almost every day, and do my best to make a yoga class at least once every week.
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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Leaders are people who are actively working - either professionally or as volunteers - to change policies and environments to help children eat better and be more active. We use the following criteria to evaluate whether to approve an applicant for Leader status with the Voices for Healthy Kids Action Center.
Do you meet the criteria below? If so, register as a Leader here. There is no cost to be a Leader.
At least one item must be checked within each of the following two categories:
1. Applicant is focused on changing policies and environments
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
They are working on other obesity-related issues, such as:
Their primary focus is working on individual behavior (e.g., teaching kids about food, play, etc.), but they have access to organizations that could provide opportunities to change environments, such as
Public Health Agencies
Their project is commercial, but contributes positively to changing policies and environments, such as:
2. Applicant is organizing others or contributing to organizing efforts
They are organizing others by:
Providing volunteer opportunities
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They provide support to organizations or leaders doing work changing policies and environments, such as:
They are a leader in a governmental body that may be the target of organizing efforts to change policies and environments, such as a:
Federal or state agency
Mayor or other local executive office
Federal, state, county or local public health department
Federal, state, county or transportation department
Federal, state or local education agency or school board
If the applicant claims to work for an organization, at least one item must be checked below:
3. Applicant works for an organization:
Has an email address that matches the domain of the organization they list
Is listed on the organization website as staff
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