June 2017

Building Communities to Encourage Physical Activity

In an effort to promote and increase physical activity among residents, the Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends combined built environment intervention approaches. These approaches make physical activity simpler or more accessible by creating or updating various environmental characteristics in a community. The approaches combine new or enhanced transportation systems, such as bike trails or pedestrian paths, with new or enhanced land use design.

California Campus Converts Courts to Golf Practice Space

Claremont McKenna College and the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps athletic department in California recently completed the first phase of its on-campus golf practice facility. The facility, which was created on old tennis courts and includes six hitting cages, a bunker and a putting green, will be used by the school's varsity golf programs and physical education program.

Where Are the Nation's Top City Park Systems?

Minneapolis has the best park system in the United States, according to The Trust for Public Land's 6th annual ParkScore index. Minneapolis narrowly edged out cross-town rival Saint Paul to earn top honors for the second consecutive year. San Francisco climbed into third, pulling ahead of Washington, D.C., and Arlington, Va., largely due to improved access to basketball courts at schoolyards that are now open after hours and on weekends. Portland, Irvine, New York, Madison and Cincinnati rounded out the top 10.