Webinar: CDC’s Community Guide: Improving the Science of Built environment and Public Health for Physical Activity

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May 6, 2015

This webinar was hosted jointly through the Built Environment and Public Health Clearinghouse, the American Planning Association, and the American Public Health Association.

The Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) rigorously vetted Community Guide provides evidence-based interventions and recommendations for addressing public health challenges and chronic disease factors. Historically, however, the Guide has included very little on one of the greatest community features that determines health: the built environment-- but, recently, that has been changing. In this webinar, participants will hear about new updates to the Community Guide that focus specifically on built environment factors to improve physical activity, and hear examples of how to implement such interventions at the local level.


Gregory Heath, University of Tennessee: Dr. Heath will provide a brief historical perspective and overview of how the built environment came to be included in the Community Guide, with an emphasis on transportation policy and planning, and how those factors contribute to physical activity behaviors in different settings.

David Hopkins, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:  Dr. Hopkins will provide an overview of what the community guide is, why the CDC considers built environment interventions key for increasing physical activity, and some of the challenges in evaluating evidence of impact for such interventions, particularly single v. combined exposures.

Katherine Hebert, Creating Community Change Consulting: Building upon the previous speakers, Ms. Hebert will offer a practitioner's perspective, next steps, and additional resources for implementing built environment interventions to promote physical activity.

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Georgia Institute of Technology
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Atlanta, GA 30332

The Built Environment and Public Health Clearinghouse was supported by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention's Office of the National Prevention Strategy and Healthy Community Design Program and made possible through additional support from the American Public Health Association, the National Network of Public Health Institutes, and the American Planning Association's Planning and Community Health Research Center. Interested in adding to and supporting the Clearinghouse? Contact the Clearinghouse at bephc@gatech.edu.