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Spotlight Stories: DeKalb County, Georgia

Through the work of numerous public, private, nonprofit and civic stakeholders, the broader East Lake community has seen a more than $400M return on investment over the first 20 years of the revitalization. This includes the opening of a full-service  grocery store; a full-service bank branch office; and a gas station – all of which remain open today (among other small businesses). Read more

Report Shows Opportunities to Strengthen State Policies for Physical Activity in Daily Life

A new report out from the Safe Routes to School National Partnership and the YMCA of the USA, Making Strides: 2018 State Report Cards on Support for Walking, Bicycling, and Active Kids and Communities, analyzes state policy in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia to provide a snapshot of each state’s support for walking, biking, and physical activity. The report cards look at 27 indicators of support across four key areas:  Complete Streets and Active Transportation, Safe Routes to School and Active Transportation Funding, Active Neighborhoods and Schools, and State Physical Activity Planning and Support. Read more

Visualizing Wellbeing: Humane Housing

The Visualizing Wellbeing series explores the state of wellbeing in the United States through a collection of data visualizations. Each week we will explore one vital condition that comprise our framework for community wellbeing, developed in partnership through the Well Being Legacy Initiative. Read more

Spotlight Stories: Proviso Township, Illinois

Proviso Township experienced adult and childhood obesity rates much higher than national rates. There was no grocery store, and few goods and services were owned by black and Latino residents. There were also disparities in education, socioeconomics and health outcomes, and a significant number of formerly incarcerated residents trying to “get back on their feet.” Read more

Visualizing Wellbeing: Lifelong Learning

The Visualizing Wellbeing series explores the state of wellbeing in the United States through a collection of data visualizations. Each week we will explore one vital condition that comprise our framework for community wellbeing, developed in partnership through the Well Being Legacy Initiative. Read more

Spotlight Stories: San Luis Valley, Colorado

For years, pride in the community was quiet and understated. Now, however, the relationships built through the San Luis Valley Food Coalition have created a community ethos that runs deep. In an area built by generations of agriculture, the need to plant and harvest is nothing new, but the passion behind it has grown exponentially. Read more

Spotlight Stories: Laramie County, Wyoming

The need for resiliency is not an unknown problem in the United States, but in Laramie County, it became clear that to build resiliency, housing stability for local youth had to be  first priority. After a Point-in-Time count was facilitated by those on the Strong Families action team of the Laramie County Community Partnership, the need was clear: there were too many homeless youth in Laramie County. The necessary resources to ensure safe and stable housing for youth were virtually non-existent. Read more

Spotlight Stories: Algoma, Wisconsin

For generations, Algoma students have graduated from high school and faced the decision to either leave Algoma and explore educational and job opportunities elsewhere, or to join the manufacturing labor force that has kept Algoma afloat for decades. Knowing that so much of the community’s legacy rests in the hands of its youth, Algoma leaders sought to pursue innovative strategies necessary to produce a culture shift. Read more