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Active Living Topics

Increasing physical activity is a powerful way to prevent obesity and promote health among children and adults. Across the country, practitioners, advocates and policy-makers are coming together to create healthier communities that support active lifestyles.

Children and families are more active when they live in neighborhoods that have sidewalks, parks, bicycle lanes and safe streets. Schools also can help residents of all ages be more active by providing students with quality recess, physical education and after-school programs, and by sharing their facilities with the community outside of school hours.

Active Living Research examines the policies and conditions that impact people’s ability to be active where they live, learn, work and play. Our research provides guidance to decision-makers at all levels about the most effective strategies for increasing physical activity, as well as the areas where more progress is needed.

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Advocating for healthy communities requires evidence-based recommendations to inform decision-makers and the general public. As an advocate, research can help you build your case, highlight success...
Urban planners, public health leaders and business owners can all help people be active in their neighborhoods. Teachers, principals and school district directors can help children be active before,...
Media Inquiries Active Living Research is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). Our primary goal is to support and share research on environmental and policy strategies...

TOPICS

Walking and bicycling for daily transportation are important ways to get regular physical activity, but such active travel has decreased dramatically over the past few decades. Investing...
Parks and recreation facilities provide opportunities for physical activity and can help people of all ages lead a more active lifestyle. People who live near parks are more likely to be active....
Schools play a critical role in helping children lead active, healthy lives. Recess, PE classes, after-school programs, and walking or biking to and from school all have the potential to get kids...
The way communities are designed has a great influence on how active we are. When communities are safe, well-maintained and have appealing scenery, children and families are more likely to be active...

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MOVE! A BLOG ABOUT ACTIVE LIVING

Infographic shows solutions to increase physical activity and improve health through...

April 14, 2016