With support from CDC, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Kaiser Permanente, and the CDC Foundation, ICF’s team served as the lead entity to identify a set of measures that can be used by local governments to assess promising policy and environmental change strategies for obesity prevention.
The recommended community strategies included multiple ways that local governments can contribute to sustainability as well as obesity prevention, such as improving the availability of foods from local farms, increasing access to parks and recreation areas, enhancing infrastructure supporting bicycling and walking, locating schools within easy walking distance of residential areas, improving access to public transportation, zoning for mixed-use development, and enhancing personal and traffic safety in areas where people are or could be physically active (including implementation of Complete Streets policies). The implementation of these policies and changes helped communities reduce the use of motorized transportation sources, emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants, and the costs associated with chronic diseases.
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