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Active Neighborhood Checklist

Active Living Research grantees developed an objective and practical checklist to help residents, community groups, local government officials and advocacy organizations determine whether their neighborhoods are activity friendly. The checklist rates communities on land use, presence of public recreational facilities, availability of public transportation and quality of the environment. Research is increasingly showing the importance of community design and the built environment—specifically how it can impact residents’ health and encourage greater physical activity. Active Living Research grantees Christy Hoehner and Ross Brownson developed this easy-to-use assessment tool, which is unique because researchers collaborated with community members to develop the checklist.

To find out if your community fosters health and active living visit: and access the Active Neighborhood Checklist and supporting training materials.

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