Georgia’s Healthy Communities Initiative is engaging communities and mobilizing state wide networks to focus on chronic disease prevention. Communities are working to change the places and organizations that touch people’s lives every day—schools, work sites, health care sites, and other community settings—to turn the tide on the national epidemic of chronic diseases.

The policies, systems, and environments around us, including our communities, worksites, transportation systems, schools, faith-based organizations, and health care settings shape the pattern of our lives and our health. For example, the design and walkability of communities, the availability of low-cost fruits and vegetables, and the smoking policies in our workplaces have a direct impact on whether we walk to school, consume healthy foods and drinks, or are exposed to second-hand smoke.

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A Walk a Day

The popularity of walking as a fitness activity is growing by leaps and bounds. Low risk and easy to start, walking has proved its health benefits in numerous studies. A classic eight-year study of 13...

Alcohol Eats Away at Muscle Mass

If increasing muscle mass is one of your goals, then think twice before you go out for a night of heavy drinking. Consuming alcohol in large quantities has a direct effect on your metabolism, causing ...

Battling Boredom

Are you finding it difficult to get out of bed in the morning for your daily walk? Are you making up excuses to skip the gym on the way home? Even the most dedicated exercisers occasionally get bored...

News for Healthy Communities Initiatives from Around the Nation

Webinar: Creating a Fit Nation: Tips and Tools from the Authors of New York’s Active Design Guidelines

Date: Monday, Sept. 22 Time: 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT Hosts: American Public Health Association and the American Planning Association Register here. New York City’s award-winning Active Design Guidelines, product of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-sponsored program Fit Nation, offer examples and illustrations of design strategies that promote active living. Utilizing these guidelines... Read More ›

Webinar: The Role of Parks and Recreation in Planning for Health

Date: Thursday, Sept. 18 Time: 2 p.m. ET/ 11 a.m. PT Hosts: American Public Health Association, American Planning Association Register here. Park and recreation departments have many roles to play in promoting public health, active living, and community development. Increasingly, planners, park departments, and public health professionals are working together to improve park and recreation... Read More ›

Upcoming LMCTC Webinar: Youth Engagement

Date: Thursday, September 25th Time: 3:00 – 4:00 pm EDT Register here. Engaging youth in Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC) efforts can be a key method to help your city or county assess needs, design solutions, and introduce fresh perspective. In turn, helping youth become civically engaged can provide young people with an... Read More ›

Lessons for Leaders–Building Healthy Communities

Creating healthy communities for everyone is an ambitious, long-term pursuit centered on prevention as the most effective way to cultivate a healthy population. Healthy communities work involves changing systems to bring healthy community elements together and make them more equitably available across social groups. The scope and complexity of this work is why it is... Read More ›

Evaluation of Healthy Vending in Chicago Parks Released

In August 2010, the Chicago Parks District executed a 5-year contract with a national vendor that called for park vending machines to meet nutrition standards. Released last week in the Journal Preventing Chronic Disease, a study evaluating the healthy vending found that patrons and staff reported liking the healthier offerings and that monthly sales grew... Read More ›

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