The Food & Fitness Initiative - W. K. Kellogg Foundation

Many faces, many voices

Innovations that promote systems change in creating healthy food systems and the physical/built environment - 11 stories from communities across the country

From June 23-26, 2008, representatives from 11 community-based programs gathered in Detroit to share experiences, best practices, and lessons learned. Six of these projects focus on building healthy food systems, and five focus on creating physical environments that support active lives.

These presentations show the myriad and interconnected ways that food systems and physical/built environments influence health. These many connections make clear the importance of an integrated approach to systems change that will increase physical activity and improve diet foundations for supporting healthier individuals, families, and communities.

  Engaging Community Members in Neighborhood Planning for Walkable Environments in Louisville

Speaker: Steve Sizemore, Louisville Metro Planning and Design. 

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Links to other sites

Food Systems - A companion Web page with information about projects involving food systems

The W.K. Kellogg Food & Fitness Initiative

The C.S. Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems at Michigan State University

Active Living by Design

Special thanks to Fay McAlister-Gibson, Project Officer, Active Living by Design, for her assistance with our video interviews




  Let's Dream It! Let's Build It!: Creating Places to Play in East Oakland

Speaker: Joel Ramos, Community Planning Associate, Transportation and Land Use Coalition (TALC).

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  Swimming Upstream to Create an Urban Park in Santa Ana

Speaker: Sandra Viera, Healthy Eating/Active Living Coordinator, Latino Health Access

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  Making Space for Recreation at School: A Joint Use Partnership in New York City

Speaker: Mary Alice Lee, Trust for Public Land

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  The "Seattle Way": Incorporating Citizens into Trail Planning and Design

Speaker: Rebecca Deehr, Feet First

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