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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 stories and give credibility to your cause. It is a powerful tool. Active Living Research has a wide variety of evidence demonstrating how environments and policies can help everyone be active.

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Active Kids Do Better: A Closer Look at Let’s Move! Active Schools

Date: 
03/09/2014
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Workshop at the 2014 Active Living Research Annual Conference.

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Children today are the most sedentary generation in American’s history; only 1 in 3 children are active on a daily basis. Schools are uniquely positioned to address the childhood obesity and physical inactivity epidemic. Let’s Move! Active Schools (LMAS) is a comprehensive program that empowers parents and schools to create active environments for students. 

This workshop: 1) Developed an understanding that active kids do better! There is substantial evidence that physical activity can help improve academic achievement, including grades and standardized test scores; physical activity can have an impact on cognitive skills and attitudes and academic behavior (including enhanced concentration, attention, and improved classroom behavior). 2) Developed an appreciation for creating positive experiences for kids in sport and physical activity and integrating physical activity into daily lives. Parents, school boards, school administrators, and teachers can feel confident that maintaining or increasing time dedicated for physical activity during the school day will not have a negative impact on academic performance. 3) Developed a case for how important policy is for codifying, sustaining and providing accountability for efforts to infuse physical activity into the school setting. Strong policy and accountability measures are imperative to implement and sustain a culture change in the school environment.

Authors: 
Tiereny V. Lloyd, MPH & Carly Braxton
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The Trail Modeling and Assessment Platform: Building New Tools for Trail Development

Date: 
03/09/2014
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Workshop at the 2014 Active Living Research Annual Conference.

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The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC), the nation’s foremost advocate for development of multiuse trails, has launched a new project with university-based researchers and local trail managers in more than nine cities in different climatic regions in the United States to develop web- and mobile-based tools for planning and assessing trails: the Trail Modeling and Assessment Platform (T-MAP). Inspired by the ALR conference theme Niche to Norm, this workshop brought together interests from the academic and advocacy communities in a dialogue about bringing evidence-based planning and management methods mainstream within the trails movement. This workshop outlined the objectives of the T-MAP project, engaged participants in discussions about practical approaches to measuring trail connectivity, estimating trail traffic, and assessing trail impacts, and explained how researchers and practitioners can participate in the T-MAP project. The workshop included an interactive demonstration of three GIS-based tools for calculating bicycle level of service (BLOS) on trails and streets, a place-based metric of bikeability, and a tool for converting intersection counts into bicycle volumes for all segments within a system.

Authors: 
Tracy Hadden Loh, PhD, Keith Laughlin, Greg Lindsey, PhD, & Michael Lowry, PhD
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Best Practices for Increasing Daily Cycling

This webinar  shares examples from the US and around the world of the most effective strategies for increasing levels of bicycling, including on-street bike lanes, off-street bike paths, and other bicycling infrastructure; promotional and educational programs, such as bike-to-work days and bicycle training classes; and policies, including parking restrictions and traffic-calmed neighborhoods.

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