Workshop at the 2012 Active Living Research Annual Conference.
Effective interventions begin with a comprehensive analysis of existing needs, followed by solutions that address those specific needs. The Playful City USA program requires communities to conduct a needs assessment, develop action plans for play, and implement and evaluate those plans to increase and enhance communities’ opportunities to play and engage in healthy living. This workshop reviewed Best Practices in Play case studies from communities across California that are using innovative techniques to promote healthy living. Participants had a chance to engage in breakout sessions with the workshop facilitators to learn how to adapt these best practices based on the needs and assets of their own community.
This workshop’s panel of experts featured: 1) Rancho Cucamonga’s Healthy RC Kids Partnership committed to developing policies, including land-use and vending policies, educational partnerships, and infrastructure improvements to facilitate opportunities for physical activity and ensure access to nutritious food. 2) City of Baldwin Park Recreation Department returns to its recreational roots through an assessment of existing resources, which prompted them to put all recreation resources into use, from park land to tug-o-war ropes. By using their recreation materials creatively, they increased participation in outdoor activities while creating a cycle in which more visible park use led to even greater participation at parks.
Analyze successful case studies of communities in California and determine components that have positively impacted the health and well-being of its residents.
Identify existing assets (human, infrastructure, organizational, policy) in participants’ communities as a first step toward developing creative partnerships to implement more comprehensive healthy living goals.
Identify and adapt the most relevant model for each participant’s community.