Magazine article The Nation's Health

Minnesota, Wisconsin Engaging Residents on Active Transportation

Magazine article The Nation's Health

Minnesota, Wisconsin Engaging Residents on Active Transportation

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Public health and transportation professionals in the U.S. are working together to create environments that foster active living. Two new briefs from APHA highlight how communities in Wisconsin and Minnesota have successfully promoted active transportation through cross-sector collaboration.

APHA in August released "Planning with a Public Health Focus--Connecting the Dots in the East Central Region of Wisconsin" and "Minnesota Health and Transportation --Partners for Change." The briefs detail how transportation and health agencies have made it easier for residents to walk and bike in their communities.

The East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission has been developing partnerships to maker transportation safer and healthier. It has worked with health departments and community groups on initiatives such as a regional bicycle and pedestrian plan to connect 30 communities.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Department of Transportation, with support from APHA, in 2015 launched the online Transportation and Health Tool, which provides transportation professionals with data and resources to view transportation planning and policy through a public health lens. In Wisconsin, the commission promoted the tool with a workshop attended by professionals in public health and public works as well as elected officials. Stakeholders discussed measures representing the intersection of health and transportation, including design that is conducive to walking and biking. …

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