GET ACTIVE NJ
NJPN is helping New Jersey municipalities to become more walkable. When municipalities promote walking and plan for walkability in their community, they create a healthier environment for their residents.
Through funding from the New Jersey Department of Health, NJPN’s “GET ACTIVE NJ” program provides technical assistance, training and incentives to assist municipalities to find ways to educate stakeholders on different policies that can help promote walking and the many benefits that this can have on their communities. In order to help accomplish this, we offer financial assistance to a small number of communities to help them evaluate their current policies and educate stakeholders on potential policy changes. In addition to financial resources, NJPN provides technical assistance and trainings to municipalities as they move though the policy change process in order to help them navigate its complexities.
Some potential projects we will be able to help communities which may include:
- The adoption of a Complete Streets policy
- The revision of an Open Space and Recreation Plan to include language on walking and linking existing facilities together for pedestrians
- Sidewalk maintenance ordinances
- Joint use agreements with schools to allow access to playgrounds beyond school hours
- Improved lighting requirements for parks and running/walking trails
- Other policies that will result in increased opportunities for walking in the municipality
FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: Interested?
Funding is available for municipalities to implement policies to promote walking in their communities. Please click here to access the Request for Proposal. Please see the Request for Proposal for applications requirements and additional information. If you have any questions, please contact Jenna Giaquinto at 732-367-0611 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Did you Know?
Municipalities that participate in Get Active NJ can also be eligible for Sustainable Jersey Points toward the Health and Wellness Action. Visit sustainablejersey.com to learn more!
GET ACTIVE NJ COMMUNITIES
CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity released Promoting Airport Walking: A Guide. The release of the guide was meant to help accelerate efforts to promote walking and walkable communities across the nation. Another place, sometimes overlooked, where we can get in those extra steps. Take a look at this guide to learn more!
Is your community “livable”? Check out your communities livability by filtering between various indexes including smoking rates and walkability! The Livability Index scores neighborhoods and communities across the U.S. for the services and amenities that impact your life the most. People experience communities as a whole, so the Public Policy Institute looked across multiple aspects of livability to get the full picture. The Livability Index assesses seven broad categories of community livability: housing, neighborhood, transportation, environment, health, engagement, and opportunity. Metric values and policy points within each category are combined to create the category score. Those category scores are then averaged to create a location’s total livability score.
Click here to see the slides from NJPN’s latest Webinar on Walkability! Our presenter Leigh Ann Von Hagen PP/AICP a Senior Research Specialist from the Vorhees Transportation Center and Planning Healthy Communities Collaborative at Rutgers University discussed municipal and school policies that support active living and advance opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to safely walk in their neighborhoods. Some topics included, best practices in policies that will address walkability, examples of communities in NJ that are doing a good job of making policy and environmental change and resources available to further your walkability goals. Take a look!
Take a look at this model of a complete streets resolution from ChangeLab Solutions. It includes specific language you will need to include in your policy, considering all ages and abilities. It also has an extensive resource section.
Read the Surgeon General’s report on Walking and Walkable Communities to learn some of the Best Practices for impacting your community. Get some ideas for a policy you’d like to work towards with funding from the Get Active NJ program!
This article discuses how to ensure that no Americans are denied the health benefits of walking and other physical activity. How to overcome the barriers—from crime in the streets to people’s long working hours—that make walking difficult for low-income Americans. How to make sure that gentrification doesn’t force people out of neighborhoods that are becoming more walkable.
Learn more about the safe routes to school program. This is a great example of a policy connected to schools that qualifies as an approved policy in the Get Active NJ grant.
This article lays out the evidence of disparities among communities and access to routine physical activity. There is mounting evidence that a daily walk helps prevent a host of serious diseases and that evidence is beginning to influence debates about health care, community vitality, poverty, race and opportunity.
The report identifies five actions that mayors can use to address health disparities: Speak boldly about race, racism and health; listen to the stories of residents; focus on health equity; connect health to other city priorities; and engage the business community.