For the past three years, with support from the CDC Division of Nutrition Physical Activity and Obesity, NACDD successfully led the Division’s Walkability Action Institute (WAI) project. The project involved planning and hosting a multi-day course with guided instruction and active learning on a variety of topics that collectively contribute to improved walkability through community and transportation design. The course name accurately reflects the course content which primed the attending interdisciplinary state and Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) teams to act by creating a team action plan and using it to pursue policy, system, and built environment (PSE) actions in their communities. When they completed the course, teams submitted their completed plans and stayed in touch with NACDD and their peer teams through progress reports and virtual community-of-practice activities.
Over three years , 240 public health practitioners and partners from 32 diverse, interdisciplinary teams participated in NACDD’s WAI. The latest data show that these teams have collectively accomplished 217 walkability improvement outcomes with 25 efforts in progress, resulting in improved walkability for approximately 13,689,385 people, The NACDD teams also leveraged a combined $13,843,000 for ongoing implementation of walkability projects, representing a favorable return on investment for the project. Table 1 (see below) shows the results for the initial two years of the project divided into two cohorts. Results for the Year 3 cohort will be made available when progress reports are administered.
Table 1: Outcomes Achieved by Project Cohorts as of June 2017
Year 1 Cohort:
(10 state teams and two intra-state regional teams)
Year 2 Cohort:
(10 MPO regional teams)
|Total documented outcomes
|New policy outcomes
|New system outcomes
|New environmental outcomes
|New non-PSE outcomes
|New tools developed
|New resources developed
|Additional outcomes in progress
|Total estimated number of persons reached
|Estimated cohort ROI
NACDD appreciates the hard work and dedication of the WAI teams for making communities and states more active, walkable, and better-designed.
To learn more about NACDD’s walkability efforts or find out how to implement active community environments in your own community, please contact Karma Harris (firstname.lastname@example.org).