Creating Healthy Communities strives to increase access to physical activity opportunities for high need Ohioans. Click on the tabs below to learn more about CHC's active living initiatives.
What We Do
Creating Healthy Communities advocates for changes in the built environment that make it easier for Ohioans to get their recommended amount of daily physical activity. Each resource below addresses frequently asked questions about a strategy that CHC promotes. CHC also promotes land use interventions and public transit, which can be found on separate tabs.
CHC strives to incorporate health equity into all of the active living strategies listed above. The resource below addresses common questions and challenges about this topic.
Land Use Interventions
Land Use Interventions
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Active People, Healthy Nation campaign has a goal of 27 million Americans becoming more physically active by 2027. A key strategy to meet this goal is to create activity friendly routes to everyday destinations through active transportation and land use interventions. ODH has developed the resources below to help Ohio communities adopt land use interventions that promote physical activity and active living. The CDC also has additional resources available on their website.
The webinars below are a three part series on Land Use and Public Health.
Land Use and Health Fundamentals
Urban Land Use and Health
Small Town/Rural Land Use and Health
Transit plays a critical role in connecting Ohioans to destinations that provide employment, healthcare, education, healthy food, and opportunities for physical activity. The resources below outline how public health practitioners can help promote and improve transit in their communities.
Active Transportation Funding Matrix
Lack of funding is a major obstacle for local communities seeking to implement active living strategies. ODH maintains a funding resources database for local government agencies seeking funding assistance. The database contains over 60 sources of federal, state, and regional funding, as well as private, nonprofit, and other innovative funding sources. For instructions on how to use the database click here.
Ohio Active Commute Worksite Toolkit
Active Commuting, such as walking, biking or taking public transit, can make a positive impact on employee health, happiness, and productivity. Click the link below to access a toolkit is designed to help you encourage active commuting in your own worksite, or to provide technical assistance to another worksite. The toolkit below can be used to accompany a comprehensive worksite active commute initiative.
Ohio Active Transportation Plan
The Ohio Active Transportation Plan outlines statewide priorities related to increasing access to safe, active transportation in Ohio which includes walking, biking, and taking the bus. The goals of the plan are to reduce injury and fatality and to increase the number of Ohioans choosing to walk, bike, and take the bus.
Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP)
The mission of Ohio’s Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) is to assist local governments in managing and maintaining a safe, cost-effective and environmentally sound transportation system by providing training and technical assistance in the areas of safety, workforce development, infrastructure management and organizational excellence.
ODOT Bike and Pedestrian Program
The ODOT statewide bicycle and pedestrian planning program is focused on advancing bicycle and pedestrian transport throughout Ohio. The goals of the program are to ensure the safety and security of non-motorized users on the transportation system within the statewide transportation planning process (USC 23 450.206) and advance bicycle and pedestrian data collection and analyses with MPOs and public transportation operators to support statewide transportation planning and programming priorities and decisions (USC 23 450.208).
Your Move Ohio
In response to a decade of statewide increases in fatal pedestrian and bicycle crashes and epidemic levels of chronic disease — obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes — ODOT is encouraging more Ohioans to choose active transportation and to make it safer for them to walk, bike and bus. Your Move's goals are to: encourage Ohioans to choose active transportation and improve safety for everyone on Ohio's roads
Walk.Bike.Ohio is ODOT’s first plan to focus on walking and biking policies and programs around the state. When complete, it will guide Ohio’s bike and pedestrian transportation policies and investments in infrastructure and programs.
Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans:
According to the CDC, the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans is an essential resource for health professionals and policy makers that provides recommendations on how everyone can improve their health through regular physical activity.
National Complete Streets Coalition
The National Complete Streets Coalition promotes the development and implementation of Complete Streets policies and professional practices.