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Jun
08
6-8-2016

Community Service Partnership Builds Capacity and New Leaders

Maria Restuccio had never heard of a Splash Park before she researched others in North Carolina and across the country. By the time she completed her investigation, however, ...

Mar
23
3-23-blog

A Fresh Model for Community-Driven Change

Active Living By Design is about to launch a fresh model for community-driven change to reflect the evolution of our field’s growth. It reminds me of how far we’ve come. Early ...

Feb
10
2-10-2016

Wellness Collaborative Works to Create Livable Environments

Tired of its reputation as a “bedroom community,” Alamance County leaders want to change the county’s landscape and norms so that it is a healthy and desirable place to live, ...

Nov
19
1-21-2015

Alleviating Food Insecurity Among Older Adults Through Community Partnerships

Although many people are aging healthily and have access to nutritious food, according to a report by the United States Department of Agriculture, nine percent of households with ...

Oct
21
10-21-2015

Partnership is the Heart of Systems Change

The term “systems change” can raise impersonal and institutional connotations, particularly when used within the context of models and theories. Through Active Living By Design (ALBD)’s work and experience in ...

Jul
15
7-15-2015

Using Collective Impact to Reduce Childhood Obesity: Considerations from a National Convening

About 1,700 people met in San Diego, CA, two weeks ago with one thing in mind: eliminating childhood obesity in the United States. Yes, it’s about children’s health—and so much more. ...

Jul
08
7-8-2015

Strengthen Your Collaborative Efforts with these Nine Resources

LiveWell Greenville is an example of a successful collaborative effort to improve the overall health of its region in South Carolina. In the Indian folk tale “The Blind Men and the ...

Jul
01
7-1-2015

Pucks and Partnerships: Learning Lessons from an Unexpected Place

When I reflect on what makes healthy community partnerships successful, sports analogies often spring to mind. Common comparisons reference sports like football and baseball, in which the efforts of a ...

Jun
03
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A Blighted Philadelphia Park Becomes Neighborhood’s Jewel

Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Philadelphia’s 87-acre Hunting Park has had a miracle resurgence thanks to community activists and a broad-based coalition. Established in 1856, Hunting Park’s neglected ...

Mar
18
3-18-2015

Forging a New Generation of Outdoor Enthusiasts

“Everyone must believe in something. I believe I'll go canoeing.” —Henry David Thoreau. Numerous barriers discourage outdoor activity, like lack of transportation, safety concerns, and for low-income families, the very real ...

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