Making The Case For Stakeholders
Scientific evidence can help collaborations or coalitions make the case about the need for and efficacy of strategies to reduce the prevalence of chronic disease in their communities, especially for those strategies whose health outcomes are not often immediate.
Our Healthier Communities Initiatives are built on the concept that local communities can work together to give all community members healthy choices and support the pursuit of healthy lifestyles. More than 160 Ys are working in collaboration with community leaders to make changes in policies and the physical surroundings in those communities so that healthy living is within reach for individuals of all ages and backgrounds.
In areas where safety measures have been implemented, children are more likely to play outside and walk or bike to school. Safety from traffic and related injury is an important element of getting people physically active.
Safety from traffic and related injury is an important element of getting people physically active. Implementing traffic calming measures has the potential to reduce traffic injuries and increase bicycling and walking. A study reported a 10 to 15 percent reduction in injury accidents following the implementation of traffic calming schemes in the United States. In residential areas, the reduction reaches 25 percent. Children are more likely to play outside and walk or bike to school in areas that have speed bumps, crosswalks, roundabouts, and other safety measures installed. Outside the United States, policies to improve traffic safety have dramatically reduced traffic deaths in the Netherlands and Germany. These policies include the implementation of auto-free zones, lower speed limits, and strict regulations protecting pedestrians and bicyclists.
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