Online Program

Active Living in all Policies: How states and advocates can promote policy change supporting active living

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 :

Pete Fritz, AICP, Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity, Indiana State Department of Health, Indianapolis, IN
Kimberly L. Irwin, MPH, Health by Design, Indianapolis, IN
Policy change supporting active living in communities is becoming essential in implementing better public health outcomes.  This session will provide innovative ideas on how to integrate active living into policies at all levels of a community as a means to implement active living efforts.  In the last three years, the presenting team has provided technical assistance to communities in the northwest Indiana Chicago metro region that promote active living policy change as a public health intervention. The session speakers will explain how these efforts support active living in all policies that lead to documented changes to the built environment, supporting expanded opportunities for physical activity and better health outcomes. Case studies of policy change will be presented in detail, along with an explanation of the documented outcomes of these policies.    

Speakers will present examples of educational and technical assistance programs that use planning and design processes combined with public health approaches to address policy change promoting active living. These unique programs incorporate design and planning professionals in partnership with public health professionals to create a unified approach for policy changes effecting the built environment.  The session presenters will explain how to identify and involve key decision-makers as part of the education and promotional programs to garner better policy implementation. 

Another important element of this work is evaluation and monitoring after the policy change intervention. Session presenters will provide a step-by-step approach to establishing long-term relationships with communities to help foster lasting change to policies and the built environment.

Learning Areas:

Advocacy for health and health education
Other professions or practice related to public health
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related education
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Describe two types of policies that can be adopted by local communities to promote active living and better community health outcomes. Identify three successful community interventions that health departments and stakeholders can partner on to make changes to local or regional policies in support of healthy communities. List three action steps that can sustain policy change in the long-term that supports active living.

Keyword(s): Planning, Policy/Policy Development

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a professional planner (AICP) and a landscape architect working in a state health department planning and designing communities focusing on promoting healthy, active lifestyles through changes to policies and the built environment. I have over 30 years of experience. My current projects include facilitating a series of active living workshops, managing funding for community pedestrian and bicycle plans, promoting the adoption of complete streets policies and safe walking and biking routes to schools.
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.