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DASH-NY Promotes Opportunities for Active Living

Creating opportunities for physical activity is one of the most important steps a community can take in improving the health of its residents. DASH-NY, New York State’s Obesity Prevention Coalition and Policy Center housed at NYAM, has developed several initiatives focused on creating and promoting opportunities for healthy and active living through physical activity.

Last fall, DASH-NY released a Mandatory Daily Active Recess Policy Implementation Guide and Info Sheet. These tools were created to provide guidance on the steps needed to make active recess a part of every school day. The guide was produced as a resource for parents, teachers, school officials, and physical activity advocates interested in improving physical activity among students in grades K-5. To learn more about policy for mandatory daily active recess, visit the DASH-NY Policy Database.

Dr. Manes presenting at the Active Living Research Conference

In March, DASH-NY presented at the 2014 Annual Conference of Active Living Research (ALR) in San Diego, California. This conference brought together a diverse group of dedicated health and academic professionals across the United States with expertise in public health, planning, transportation, and parks and recreation. NYAM Policy Associate Rachel Manes and DASH-NY Steering Committee member Rachel Pickering, Director of Community Health Initiatives at The Children’s Agenda, gave an oral presentation entitled Time to Play focusing on how to increase physical activity through a mandatory daily active recess policy. Visit the ALR presentation webpage to read the abstract and download the presentation.

DASH-NY has also provided technical assistance and training focused on enhancing Complete Streets policy implementation. Complete Streets is an evidence-based strategy for improving bike and pedestrian accommodations in communities, making streets safer, and encouraging greater physical activity. DASH-NY recently provided technical assistance for statewide partners to facilitate Complete Streets policy implementation in their local communities. DASH-NY also hosted a two-part webinar series that introduced participants to aspects of planning, implementing, and funding Complete Streets policies and projects. To learn more about Complete Streets policy implementation, read the fact sheet developed in collaboration with the New York State Department of Health.

Additionally, NYAM Policy Associate Shara Siegel, who is part of the DASH-NY team, represents NYAM as part of the Partnership for a Healthier NYC, which was established through a Community Transformation Grant to reduce chronic disease across the five boroughs. As part of the Partnership team, Shara serves as the Active Living Chair of their Manhattan Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Workgroup. This Partnership team was selected to participate in the National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health (NLAPH) program, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to further develop a comprehensive toolkit that will focus specifically on increasing physical activity in schools through Active Design principles. View the DASH-NY training to learn more about effective strategies to integrate these guidelines into local jurisdiction projects.

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Posted on May 8, 2014

Gina Ravosa
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