Welcome to the new ALR website!

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April 5, 2012
By Carmen Cutter
Welcome to the new ALR website!

We are very excited to welcome you to the new Active Living Research website! Our new site provides a wealth of peer-reviewed research on environmental and policy strategies that can help increase physical activity among children and parents in the U.S., and reverse the nation’s obesity epidemic. As we launch this site, our goal is simple: to make it easier for you to find the evidence you need to inform your work.

Aside from the new look, we’ve also redesigned the site with the needs of advocates, practitioners and policy-makers in mind. Many of you are transforming communities across the nation to make it easier for everyone to be active. The site provides the research, tools and other resources you need to support your work. We’re especially excited to have launched the site with an infographic about how schools can help kids be active, and we look forward to unveiling more infographics in the coming weeks.

Because research is the backbone of our work, we continue to provide resources specifically for researchers and our grantees. And if you want to go even deeper into the research, our site now provides a robust search mechanism that lets you do just that.

But perhaps the biggest change to the site is that we’ve launched this blog! Called MOVE!, the blog will include updates about the work of ALR, and we hope it will be a place for all of you to share your stories about what’s going on in the field. You will find regular posts on a range of topics related to active living, such as what schools are doing to support physical activity, how state and local policies can encourage active transportation, and what street-scale improvements will allow all residents to be active.

At ALR we want research to be part of the public debate on how to create and maintain an active, healthy environment for kids, families and entire communities. We know that you do too, and we hope our new site helps all of us engage in conversations about physical activity and put our research into action. Be sure to stay up to date with all that’s going on by signing up for our newsletter, liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter.

Enjoy the site!

Jim Sallis and Carmen Cutter

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