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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, which can be found on the separate ‘Land Use Interventions' tab.

Active Transportation Planning

Complete Streets

Bicycle Infrastructure

Worksite Active Commute Support 

Pedestrian Infrastructure

Public Transit

Safe Routes to School

Safe Routes to Healthy Food 

 

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.

Health Equity

 


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.

Land Use and Health Best Practices Report

Land Use and Health Implementation Guide

Zoning 101 Fact Sheet

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


Other Resources 

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 Commute Worksite Toolkit

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 Active Transportation Plan

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.

Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP)

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).

ODOT Bike and Pedestrian Program 

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

Your Move Ohio 

Walk.Bike.Ohio

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.

Walk.Bike.Ohio 

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.

Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans 

National Complete Streets Coalition

The National Complete Streets Coalition promotes the development and implementation of Complete Streets policies and professional practices.

National Complete Streets Coalition