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Stories from community partners

This is a collection of brief stories from grantees that Active Living By Design has worked with over the years. These stories show how grassroots efforts in communities across the country can make healthier choices the easier choices for their residents.

Black Mountain, NC: What happened when Dr. John Wilson opened his backyard garden to others who wanted space? He noticed a growing demand for gardening opportunities from his neighbors and then petitioned the town for public space.

Buffalo, NY: In 2003, Buffalo residents engaged for the first time with City leaders and those at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus to develop a shared vision for their hometown. And almost a decade later, they’re making that vision a reality.

Columbia, MO: The PedNet Coalition began by emphasizing fun to build community enthusiasm and commitment over 12 years ago. With over 7,000 members today, they have collaborated to bring about many healthy changes in Columbia.

Honolulu, HI: Measureable health improvements have been made through gardening, exercise and a sense of community in the Kalihi Valley.

Louisville, KY: From the neighborhoods to the Mayor’s office, Louisville is making a variety of changes to expand their health and wellness initiatives.

Pitt County, NC: Accessibility of safe spaces for physical activity has long been a priority in Pitt County, a goal that has buy-in and collaboration from a diverse range of partners.