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Active Living by Design as a Political Project

Challenges at Three Levels
      As the Active Living by Design (ALbD) program envisioned them, changes in the built environment (physical projects) that encouraged physical activity as part of routine daily life came about because of innovations in preparation, partnership, programming, promotions, and policy.
      • Bors P.
      • Dessauer M.
      • Bell R.
      • Wilkerson R.
      • Lee J.
      • Strunk S.
      The Active Living by Design national program: community initiatives and lessons learned.
      The articles, which represent case studies in this supplement
      • Raja S.
      • Ball M.
      • Booth J.
      • Haberstro P.
      • Veith K.
      Leveraging neighborhood-scale change for policy and program reform in Buffalo, New York.
      • Gomez-Feliciano L.
      • McCreary L.L.
      • Sadowsky R.
      • et al.
      Active living Logan Square: joining together to create opportunities for physical activity.
      • Miller E.K.
      • Scofield J.L.
      Slavic Village: incorporating active living into community development through partnerships.
      • Thomas I.M.
      • Sayers S.P.
      • Godon J.L.
      • Reilly S.R.
      Bike, walk, and wheel: a way of life in Columbia, Missouri.
      • Hamamoto M.H.
      • Derauf D.D.
      • Yoshimura S.R.
      Building the base: two active living projects that inspired community participation.
      • TenBrink D.S.
      • McMunn R.
      • Panken S.
      Project U-Turn: increasing active transportation in Jackson, Michigan.
      • Walfoort N.L.
      • Clark J.J.
      • Bostock M.J.
      • O'Neil K.
      ACTIVE Louisville: incorporating active living principles into planning and design.
      • Omishakin A.A.
      • Carlat J.L.
      • Hornsby S.
      • Buck T.
      Achieving built-environment and active living goals through Music City Moves.
      • Huberty J.L.
      • Dodge T.
      • Peterson K.
      • Balluff M.
      Activate Omaha: the journey to an active living environment.
      • Mccreedy M.
      • Leslie J.G.
      Get Active Orlando: changing the built environment to increase physical activity.
      • Dobson N.G.
      • Gilroy A.R.
      From partnership to policy: the evolution of Active Living by Design in Portland, Oregon.
      • Geraghty A.B.
      • Seifert W.
      • Preston T.
      • Holm C.V.
      • Duarte T.H.
      • Farrar S.M.
      Partnership moves community toward Complete Streets.
      • Deehr R.C.
      • Shumann A.
      Active Seattle: achieving walkability in diverse neighborhoods.
      • Burke N.M.
      • Chomitz V.R.
      • Rioles N.A.
      • Winslow S.P.
      • Brukilacchio L.B.
      • Baker J.C.
      The path to active living: physical activity through community design in Somerville, Massachusetts.
      • Schasberger M.G.
      • Hussa C.S.
      • Polgar M.F.
      • McMonagle J.A.
      • Burke S.J.
      • Gegaris A.J.
      Promoting and developing a trail network across suburban, rural, and urban communities.
      to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine depict in enlightening detail how 15 communities moved along this strategic continuum, but say little about another “P,” politics. This inattention is not surprising: Politics was not an explicit part of their formal mission. Nonetheless, the refinement and deployment of political skill is integral to attaining the goals toward which the five ALbD “P's” aim.
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