Communities Putting Prevention to Work: Using Walking and Bicycling as Ways to Promote Public Health

Sep 19, 2012


Chronic diseases are a major public health problem in the U.S. To combat those diseases, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention created the Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) program in part to help communities find ways to tackle the nation's obesity epidemic.

Communities across the nation have used the CPPW program to make it easier for people to walk and bicycle as part of a concerted effort to reduce obesity.

This webinar shows how two communities, Omaha, Neb. and Nashville, Tenn., have leveraged the CPPW program to improve their overall public health.

Mary Balluff, chief of Health & Nutrition Community Services within the Douglas County Health Department, and Kerri Peterson, executive director of Live Well Omaha, discuss how they have worked to transform Omaha from a car-centric community to one with more than 20 miles of bicycle lanes and a community desire for more multimodal transportation. The two speakers discuss the community's past, current and future efforts to promote public health through active transportation.

Alisa Haushalter, the project director for Nashville's Communities Putting Prevention to Work campaign, discusses how the community promoted a culture of active walking and bicycling for all in Nashville. Her presentation focuses on how they sought local input, leveraged existing resources, and collaborated with governmental and non-governmental organizations to achieve their success.

This webinar is part of the PBIC's Liveable Communities webinar series and is being presented in conjunction with the American Public Health Association.



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