The term "Active Community" can be applied to a number of initiatives that increase access to recreational facilities and allow for alternative modes of transportation. An example of an access issue would be joint use agreements to allow for facility use by many parties. Examples of providing for alternative modes of transportation include construction of bike trails or sidewalks, or setting up a Safe Routes to School program. In any case, active environments could mean many things, and identifying key partners early on will increase the chances of success.
Surgeon General's Call to Action on Walking
U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy recently issued a “Call to Action” to encourage Americans of all ages and abilities to walk more and to encourage communities to create safe, accessible places for people to walk and wheelchair roll. The Step It Up! Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities offers strategies for increasing walking and walkable communities for people of all ages and abilities.
- Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities and Executive Summary
- Step it Up! A Partners Guide to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities
- Step it Up! Help Make Our Communities Walkable Animated Consumer Video
More resources are available at: http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/StepItUp
Wisconsin Active Communities Alliance
Wisconsin Active Communities Alliance - The Alliance is a group of local coordinators, planners and advocates working to create active communities. Its website contains a simple framework to assist public health planners on their journey to build a more active community and provides fact sheets and other materials for key strategies.
Wisconsin Active Communities Alliance Success Stories - A series of seven success stories on how local communities implemented active community initiatives.
- Brown County - Active Community Workgroup P-00780a (PDF, 412 KB)
- Dane County - Active Living Workgroup P-00780b (PDF, 332 KB)
- La Crosse County - Complete Streets P-00780c (PDF, 354 KB)
- Marathon County - Connecting Bike Routes P-00780 (PDF, 496 KB)
- Portage County - Safe Routes to School P-00780d (PDF, 278 KB)
- Winnebago County - Health in Planning P-00780e (PDF, 292 KB)
- Wood County - Rural Bike Share P-00780f (PDF, 400 KB)
See what's in the 2013-2018 Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity State Plan for Active Communities.
Listed below are information and references to address physical activity in the community setting.
All aspects of an active community intervention are incorporated within the Active Community Environments (ACEs) Resource Kit P-00036 (PDF, 2.0 MB). Listed below are specific chapters and resources from the kit.
Select the ACEs "Quick Start" Guide P-00036a (PDF, 118 KB) to the right for a quick snapshot of what's in the kit and how you might use it in your community.
Toolkit – Table of Contents
- Introduction: Why have an ACEs initiative? P-00036-intro (PDF, 270 KB)
- Step 1: How to get started P-00036-step1 (PDF, 164 KB)
- Step 2: Assessing your community P-00036-step2 (PDF, 159 KB)
- Step 3: Strategies for an active community P-00036-step3 (PDF, 749 KB)
- Step 4: Making decisions: Where to focus your efforts P-00036-step4 (PDF, 169 KB)
- Step 5: Evaluating your program P-00036-step5 (PDF, 153 KB)
Toolkit - Appendices
- A: Asset Mapping P-00036-appxa (PDF, 72 KB)
- B: Partners P-00036-appxb (PDF, 25 KB)
- C. Assessment Checklist P-00036-appxc (PDF, 101 KB)
- D: Sample Survey Questions P-00036-appxd (PDF, 40 KB)
- E: High-Level Strategy Grid P-00036-appxe (PDF, 26 KB)
- F: Detailed Strategy List P-00036-appxf (PDF, 26 KB)
- G: Action Plan Worksheet P-00036-appxg (PDF, 33 KB)
- H: Walk/Bike Audit Tool P-00036-appxh (PDF, 190 KB)
- I: Data Indicators and Sources P-00036-appxi (PDF, 40 KB)
Walk/Bike Audit Tool
Wisconsin Active Community Audit Tool P-00399 (PDF, 416 KB) - The benefits of walking and bicycling include improved health, cleaner air, and more social interaction in the community. Walking and bicycling audits can help identify key intersections or areas where physical and environmental changes could make a big difference in improving opportunities to be more physically active. This tool can guide you on what to look for in selecting and evaluating site(s).
- See a quick reference document, What Works in Communities - Active Environments P-01102 (PDF, 445 KB)
Safe Routes to School: Why Schools, Public Health, Local Officials and Other Healthy Living Advocates Should Get Involved with Safe Routes to Schools (PDF, 34 KB)
- Fighting for Equitable Transportation: Why it Matters (PDF, 614 KB) - A summary from the Safe Routes to School National Partnership of how increasing active transportation infrastructure can help combat health inequities.
- Environment – Tips and tools on how to create a good environment for physical activity, particularly walking and biking.
To view the videotape from the December 6, 2012 training in Green Bay, select from the information below:
Morning Sessions (tape start time)
- Introduction - Mary Pesik (0:00)
- Welcome - Mayor Jim Schmitt (9:40)
- Community Speed Sharing - Jordan Bingham (27:40)
- Overview of Active Communities - Mark Fenton (36:00)
Afternoon Sessions (tape start time)
- ACEs Resource Kit and Strategies - Jon Morgan (0:00)
- Team Time #1 - Discussion on Asset Mapping - Mark Fenton (29:15)
- Local Leaders Presentations - Various (57:30)
- Walk Audit - (1:40:00)
- Team Time #2 - Action Plans (2:01:15)