As the Technical Assistance Director for Active Living By Design (ALBD), Phil Bors oversees ALBD’s technical assistance and coaching services in collaboration with project team members to ensure cross-project learning and quality assurance. In addition, he serves as part of the ALBD leadership team. Phil also provides coaching, technical support and consultation to coalitions across the country with a focus on policy, environment and systems change strategies for healthy eating and active living. He joined the organization in 2002, helping to develop the ALBD Community Action Model – 5P Strategies and establish ALBD as a national leader promoting active living through community design. Phil also provides consultation to other organizations that fund, develop, implement and evaluate active living interventions. Phil is ALBD’s evaluation liaison, having led the development, implementation and data analysis for a web-based extranet progress reporting system that documents community changes. He has been an advisor, trainer and consultant to a variety of funders and initiatives, such as the CDC-funded Obesity Prevention in Public Health Course, NC Move More Scholars Institute and the North Carolina Healthy Environments Collaborative and NC Department of Transportation’s WalkBikeNC state plan.
Prior to his time with ALBD, he was the evaluation coordinator for the North Carolina Cardiovascular Health (CVH) Program in the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. He also worked as a certified paramedic and instructor in Florida, North Carolina and Virginia.
Phil earned a B.S. in biology from Virginia Tech and a master’s degree in health behavior and health education from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health in Chapel Hill.
Phil is involved in his own community, serving as an appointed member of the Chatham County Transportation Advisory Committee and previously on the Pittsboro Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. He has also worked on various local planning, transportation, public school, and health promotion initiatives. He stays active by walking his dog, playing soccer, shooting hoops, bicycling, running and playing with his two daughters and wife.
I grew up eating out of cans. As an adult, I am learning to eat out of the garden. I remember going to my uncle’s family reunions during summertime. At every visit, the adults talked about how beautiful his vegetable garden was, particularly the tomatoes. I had little interest in vegetables and even less interest in gardens, nor were my sisters and I exposed to fresh, healthy foods at the dinner table while growing up. But I can now relate to the special feeling my uncle must have had in producing some of his own food. We don’t grow prize-winning tomatoes, but we do enjoy preparing for, planting, growing, and cooking fresh vegetables and herbs from our front yard. Now our children have a chance to appreciate the value of growing food and connecting it to their lives as healthy people.