Friday, October 5, 2012

[EQ] Promoting Active Transportation: An Opportunity for Public Health

Promoting Active Transportation: An Opportunity for Public Health

The American Public Health Association APHA – 2012
The Safe Routes to School National Partnership
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through funding from the Healthy Community Design Initiative within the National Center for Environmental Health.

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“…….Everyone travels. Whether it is for work, school or play, how we as individuals and as a society travel has impacts that go far beyond the seemingly simple and routine act of going from one place to another.

This common trait provides an ideal intervention point for public health practitioners. In fact, it may be one of the few intervention points with the potential to transform individual health, community health and environmental conditions all at the same time. In other words, in a time of tight budgets, limited resources, declining workforce numbers and growing health problems, creating opportunities for safe bicycling and walking can literally provide public health practitioners with one of the biggest bangs for their already-stretched buck…..”

“……Creating healthy communities and a good quality of life for people is a central tenet of public health work. Promoting health in transportation is an upstream public health intervention and can benefit health, the environment and the economy in many ways. Who better to promote health in transportation planning and decision-making than public health practitioners?

Here are suggested ways that public health practitioners can and have made an impact….”


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