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Increasing Access to and Number of Places for Physical Activity

Resources and Tools

 COMMUNITY

  • Healthy Communities Action Strategies Toolkit (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)
    Part 1 of this toolkit, Active Living and the Built Environment, includes these subsections: active transportation, land use for active living, open spaces, parks and recreation, quality physical activity in and near schools, and safety and crime prevention. Each subsection recommends targeted strategies based on the environmental setting, identifies key stakeholders, outlines policy and program options, provides concrete directions on how to start programs, describes resources that can help inform the process, and includes examples of how other states and localities have achieved progress.

  • ENACT’s Strategy: Active Play and Recreation (The Strategic Alliance for Healthy Food and Activity Environments)
    This collection of resources is designed to help local advocates maintain and develop physical activity programs and facilities, namely playgrounds and parks, in their communities. Resources include the ENACT Local Policy Database, media advocacy tools, and steps for advancing local policy.

  • Trail-Building Toolbox (Rails-to-Trails Conservancy)
    This toolbox provides basic information communities need to build trails. The Rails-to- Trails resources provide technical know-how, support from your community, guidance from experienced trail builders, and successful strategies to overcome barriers.

  • Joint Use Resources (Prevention Institute and Berkeley Media Studies Group)
    This Resource page on joint use agreements includes a section called “Making Joint Use Happen” that includes a Joint Use and Health Fact Sheet, Answers to Hard Questions, Sample Letters to the Editor, and Joint Use Agreement Checklists and Templates.

 SCHOOL

  • National Center for Safe Routes to School Resource Center (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)
    This resource center provides a wealth of how-to and practical resources in the following categories: New Programs, Training, Reports, Promoting Safe Routes to School, Promoting Walk to School, and the Five E’s (Engineering, Education, Evaluation, Enforcement, and Encouragement).

  • Increasing Physical Activity through Joint Use Agreements (Change Lab Solutions)
    This toolkit helps communities and school districts work together to develop joint use agreements which increase access to recreational facilities on school grounds. The toolkit provides four different types of joint use agreements and several case study examples. In addition, links are provided to partner sites such as the National Policy and Legal Advisory Network for Childhood Obesity Prevention (NPLAN) for other joint use tools. Two such tools are a comprehensive checklist for developing a joint use agreement and model agreement language that can be tailored to any community’s needs.