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.
Active Community Toolkit
Listed below are information and references to address physical activity in the community setting.
The many aspects of an active community initiative are incorporated within the Active Community (AC) Toolkit P-00036 (PDF, 2.6 MB). This PDF version of the toolkit has live hyperlinks and navigation to allow you to move between sections and access the many external resource links. An alternative print-friendly version, Active Community Toolkit P-00036-print (PDF, 2.18 MB), has also been provided.
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.
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.