About ALBD

Our Vision

A nation of healthy, equitable communities where everyone reaches their full potential.


Our Mission

Active Living By Design advances community-led action and proven, place-based strategies to ensure health and well-being for all.

We are strategic partners for communities and those who invest in them, helping turn visions of health into equitable and lasting impact. At local, state, and national scales, we connect community leaders with inspiring success stories, lessons learned, and each other to deepen their capacity as changemakers. Drawing on our experience supporting hundreds of partnerships, we strengthen assets and enhance efforts to grow an enduring culture of health and well-being.


Our Work

Since 2002, Active Living By Design (ALBD) has provided long-term, extensive, and direct technical assistance, coaching, and consultation to nearly 200 community partnerships in 30 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, and has worked with more than two dozen philanthropic organizations focused on healthy community change.

ALBD has extensive experience co-designing and implementing learning networks, with a particular focus on communities at greatest risk for poor health outcomes based on income, geographic location, and/or race and ethnicity. We’ve worked with national, state, and regional cohorts, large and small, customizing training methods to best meet each unique context and group. ALBD staff also serve as faculty and trainers for various fellowship/leader programs such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) Walkability Action Institute.

Active Living By Design has done nothing less than entirely redefine the approach to chronic disease prevention in the United States. Well beyond simply treating cardiovascular disease and the complications associated with obesity, and even more than merely encouraging and educating around diet and exercise, ALBD researched, innovated, tested, and refined the approach now being utilized by every substantive population-level approach to physical activity and healthy nutrition in the country.
Mark Fenton, Transportation, Planning and Public Health Consultant