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Resources and Case Studies: Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities

Active Living by Design (ALBD) has published two new resources for healthy communities:

1) Growing a Movement: Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities Final Report and

2) Lessons for Leaders: Navigating the Process of Healthy Community Change

Photo courtesy of Active Living by Design

Photo courtesy of Active Living by Design

Both publications are the outcome of the five-year Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities (HKHC) national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; the primary goal was to implement healthy eating and active living initiatives that change the policies and environments that affect and support healthier communities for children and families. HKHC emphasized reaching children at highest risk for obesity.

Growing a Movement

Growing a Movement shares common themes, key findings, brief vignettes and implications for the field based on the experiences of 49 partnerships located across the country during the five-year initiative. These local leaders aimed to reverse the childhood obesity trend by increasing children’s access to healthy foods and opportunities for physical activity through changes in policies, systems and environments.

For insights on what is achievable through collaboration among community-based organizations, residents, decision makers and other partners, check out the report and the accompanying infographic.

Lessons for Leaders

Lessons for Leaders provides local leaders of healthy community partnerships with practical, field-tested strategic guidance to help them be more proactive and effective in their work. During the past 12 years, ALBD has gathered these lessons, principles and examples from a range of healthy community partnerships and their leaders.

Themes include capacity building, communication, community engagement for equity, and advancing policy and systems change. Additional information and the publication are online at the ALBD website here.


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