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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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Developing the Ingredients Necessary for Successful Cross-Sector Collaboration: Where Research Meets Practice

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Workshop at the 2013 Active Living Research Annual Conference.

Date: 
02/26/2013
Abstract: 

Initiatives to institute environmental and policy change in communities, to reduce obesity and promote active living, call for the participation of multiple stakeholder groups. These initiatives not only require collaboration across disciplines, but across cultural communities as well. Building relationships is important, but what factors are key in determining the success of a collaborative effort? Participants explored promising practices for building healthier communities through cross-sector collaboration, learned about 20 evidence-based factors that, when present, can increase a group’s likelihood of attaining shared goals, and engaged in hands-on exercises to assess their own collaborative initiatives (both those existing and under consideration). This workshop was aimed at improving collaborative knowledge and skills among public health and community development practitioners at all experience levels.

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Paul W. Mattessich, PhD, Amherst H. Wilder Foundation; Ela J. Rausch, MPP, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
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Making the Most of Physical Education

This video, created by ALR grantees' Monica Lounsbery and Thom McKenzie, is designed for school administrators, board members, teachers, parents, and others interested in quality physical education. Abbreviated research findings inform viewers about characteristics of quality physical education and barriers to its delivery and the relationship between physical education and academic achievement. A call to action is provided.

A Spanish version of this video is available here.

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