TAPA Summer Webinar: Comprehensive Planning for Healthy Eating and Active Living

This webinar will be held on Friday, June 4th at 10:00 AM Eastern / 9:00 AM Central. The presenter is Lisa Charron from the University of Wisconsin

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Tennessee is ranked 45th for adult obesity and 46th for obesity among children ages 10-17.  These rankings should be troubling for anyone involved in planning across the State. This is especially true for those who work outside the major metropolitan areas. In these rural communities and small towns, there are typically less resources dedicated to active living and eating healthy. Because of that, there is often less attention to physical activity and food resources in their comprehensive plans and other planning documents.


Lisa Charron from the University of Wisconsin has developed a scorecard through which rural and small town comprehensive plans can be developed and evaluated through health and equity. This scorecard can be used by planners, public health advocates, and community members to see if their comprehensive plans promote healthy living and to see which areas need improvement. Though the assessment is best completed before a comp plan update, it can also occur at anytime to engage stakeholders, build partnerships, and generate ideas for change.


In this webinar, Lisa will discuss tools and best practices for incorporating healthy eating and active living in comprehensive plans. She will explain the rationale behind, development of, and best use cases for her Healthy Rural Community Design Scorecard for Comprehensive Plans. In addition, she will facilitate conversations about how the Scorecard--or other "planning for health" tools--could be used in Tennessee communities.



Lisa earned her MPH and MS in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2018. She is currently a PhD candidate in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, also at UW-Madison. Her dissertation incorporates both quantitative and qualitative research on comprehensive planning for healthy eating and active living, and she has particular interests in rural planning for health and co-benefits of planning for health and environmental sustainability.


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Comprehensive Planning for Healthy Eating and Active Living Best Practices

Healthy Rural Community Design: A Scorecard for Comprehensive Plans