Resources & Materials

National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion BACI Success Story - 
Montana Cities and Counties Working to Build Health into Community Design Cathy Costakis, Senior Consultant, Built Environment

Healthy Places: how designing for health & wellbeing supports community prosperity - Cathy Costakis & Tash Wisemiller

Mark Fenton Tips & Resources:

Safer Streets Stronger Economies -What do communities get for their investments in Complete Streets?
In this study of 37 projects, Smart Growth America found that Complete Streets projects tended to improve safety for everyone, increased biking and walking, and showed a mix of increases and decreases in automobile traffic, depending in part on the project goal. http://www.smartgrowthamerica.org/documents/safer-streets-stronger-economies.pdf

PROMOTING ACTIVE LIVING IN RURAL COMMUNITIES:
"Promoting Active Living in Rural Communities" (http://bit.ly/1j8p3Pp) summarizes current research on elements of the rural built environment that may be related to obesity and physical activity. It also provides policy implications and a list of important rural-specific built environment measures that have been developed and tested for assessing active living supports, barriers and perceptions. Among other conclusions, the research brief shows that building infrastructure (e.g., wider paved shoulders along rural roads, and pedestrian crossings) and implementing Complete Streets policies that accommodate the needs of pedestrians and bicyclists can help reduce barriers to being physically active.

EPA: SMART GROWTH SELF-ASSESSMENT FOR RURAL COMMUNITIES:
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released a report (Smart Growth Self-Assessment for Rural Communities: Madison County, New York: http://1.usa.gov/1OtRKTD) that discusses how a smart growth approach can strengthen rural communities' economies, protect their environment and residents' health, and encourage them to compete with urban areas for workers.

LAUNCH OF CALL TO ACTION ON WALKING & WALKABLE COMMUNITIES:
If you missed the launch of "Step It Up!, the Surgeon General's Call to Action on Walking and Walkable Communities," watch the webcast archive. It offers strategies for increasing walking and walkable communities for people of all ages and abilities. Only half of American adults get enough physical activity to reduce the risk of chronic disease, the leading cause of death in the U.S. Walking is an easy way to start and maintain a physically active lifestyle. The Surgeon General aims to increase walking across the nation by calling for access to safe and convenient places to walk and wheelchair roll. http://bit.ly/1iLGtBs  To read the report please go here:  Executive Summary: http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/calls/walking-and-walkable-communities/exec-summary.html and full report: http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/calls/walking-and-walkable-communities/call-to-action-walking-and-walkable-communites.pdf
Additional Resources for Recreation, Parks or Trail Planning, Design, Construction, Advocacy and Miscellaneous Topics - documents

Complete Streets Baseline Data & Implementation Resources and Materials:
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Billings Benchmark Report -PDF

Montana Complete Streets Toolkit - PDF

2016 Building Active Communities Institute:

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Pre-Action Institute Materials
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2015 Building Active Communities Institute:
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