Active Living Programs
Living by Design is a national program of the Robert Wood
Johnson Foundation and is a part of the UNC School of Public
Health in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. This program establishes
and evaluates innovative approaches to increase physical
activity through community design, public policies and communications
25 community partnerships have been
funded to develop, implement and sustain collaboration among
a variety of organizations in public health and other disciplines,
such as city planning, transportation, architecture, recreation,
crime prevention, traffic safety and education, as well
as key advocacy groups concentrating on land use, public
transit, non-motorized travel, public spaces, parks, trails,
and architectural practices that advance physical activity.
Living Leadership is a National Initiative supported by
the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), developed to
support government leaders as they create and promote policies,
programs and places that enable active living to improve
the health, well-being and vitality of communities.
Coordinated at San Diego State University,
Active Living Leadership is a partnership effort of the
International City/County Management Association, the Local
Government Commission, National Association of Counties,
National Conference of State Legislators, National Governors
Association Center for Best Practices, and United States
Conference of Mayors.
Living Research is a $12.5-million national program of the
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation® (RWJF).
We support research to identify environmental factors and
policies that influence physical activity. Findings from
this research will be used to help inform policy, design
of the built environment and other factors to promote active
Active Living Research is administered
by San Diego State University and led by expert staff and
healthy communities, walking and bicycling are a normal,
routine part of daily life. In these 'active community environments'
the community leaders and citizens recognize that providing
for active living through community design is a health issue
as well as a quality of life issue.
This site tells you how to help create
neighbor-hoods and communities where people walk and bicycle.
This doesn't just mean sidewalks, bikelanes and trails,
though these will certainly be elements of an overall plan.
Creating active community environments
means taking a look at the broader scope of where there
are and aren't opportunities to walk and bicycle safely,
easily, and conveniently.
National Blueprint: Increasing Physical Activity Among Adults
Age 50 and Older was developed as a guide for organizations,
associations and agencies to plan strategies to help people
age 50 and older increase their physical activity. This
plan synthesizes input from more than 60 individuals, representing
47 organizations with expertise in health, medicine, social
and behavioral sciences, epidemiology, gerontology/geriatrics,
clinical science, public policy, marketing, medical systems,
community organization, and environmental issues.
Regular physical activity can bring
dramatic health benefits to people of all ages and abilities,
according to a substantial body of scientific evidence.
Media and medical professionals often tout the benefits
of exercise for younger and middle-aged people. But scientific
evidence increasingly indicates that physical activity can
extend years of active independent life, reduce disability,
and improve the quality of life for older persons as well.
Although the evidence is clear, it is not yet been translated
into national action. That is the aim of this Blueprint.