Online Program

Transportation and urban planning: Involvement in state planning for active living

Monday, November 4, 2013 : 8:30 a.m. - 8:50 a.m.

Amy A. Eyler, PhD, The Brown School & Prevention Research Center of St. Louis, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
Jamie F. Chriqui, PhD, MHS, Institute for Health Research and Policy and Division of Health Policy & Administration, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
Jay Maddock, PhD, Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Hawai'i Manoa, Honolulu, HI
Cheryl A. Carnoske, MPH, RD, Prevention Research Center, Brown School of Social Work, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
Introduction: Many states developed obesity, nutrition, or other physical activity (PA) related plans in an attempt to coordinate statewide efforts. Increasing this complex behavior warrants transdisciplinary stakeholder involvement in both development and implementation. Focusing on community-scale and street-scale urban design and land use policies are recommended for increasing population PA through improved or redesigned infrastructure. The purpose of this presentation is to explore the level of involvement of the transportation and community design sectors in development of state PA-related plans and to summarize goals, objectives, and strategies related to built environment, transportation, land use or community design. Methods: For this study, PA-related plans were collected and analyzed for the participation of these sectors on the development team. Additionally, the goals, objectives, and strategies with a focus on the built environment, transportation, or land use and community design were summarized across states. Results: Less than half of the plans had transportation representatives and fewer included the land use and community design sector. Most state PA-related plans did not emphasize infrastructure improvement as a means to increasing population PA. A majority of plans included goals and objectives focused on active transportation to school, and less frequently, aspects of complete streets. Conclusion: Even though transportation and urban design offer important means of improving opportunities to be physically active, representatives of these disciplines are not always present in state PA-related plan development. Purposeful engagement of these sectors, including identification of common goals, is necessary for the enhancement and implementation of infrastructure goals and objectives.

Learning Areas:

Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Program planning
Public health or related public policy
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Identify at least two strategies within state plan that relate to transportation, land use, or community design.

Keyword(s): Exercise, Community Planning

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: As principal investigator and coordinator of PAPRN, I helped conduct this origianl research and am well-qualified to present this information in the context of our network.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.