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On April 26, 2012, Leadership for Healthy Communities, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, hosted a webinar to discuss successful strategies to address both public safety and childhood obesity. These strategies included maintaining and providing safe access to parks; improving conditions that allow for safe active transport; increasing opportunities for children to walk or bike to school safely; designing communities to discourage crime and encourage physical activity.
The webinar coincided with the release of Making the Connection: Linking Policies to Improve Public Safety with Preventing Childhood Obesity. This new resource provides policymakers seeking to address public safety in their communities with policy options that can also contribute significantly to reversing the childhood obesity epidemic.
- Councilmember Ed Gonzalez, City of Houston, Texas
- Deb Hubsmith, Director, Safe Routes to School National Partnership
- Matthew Rufo, Program Manager, Prevention Research Center, Tulane University