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Active Living Network - About
Family walkingEscalating rates of obesity are a national health concern. Nearly two-thirds of the American population is overweight or obese, and physical inactivity is responsible for an estimated 200,000 deaths each year. More alarming is the surge of obesity among children: There are nearly three times as many overweight children and adolescents as there were 20 years ago. (See Quick Facts for at-a-glance statistics.)

While a complex range of factors contributes to the epidemic of obesity, increasing attention is turning to how the places we live, work and play affect public health and our ability to be physically active. From elevators and drive-thru restaurants to cul-de-sac suburbs and strip malls, opportunities for routine physical activity have been steadily engineered out of many parts of American life.

The Active Living Network, supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), is dedicated to halting this troubling trend by finding creative ways to reintegrate physical activity into daily life. Rather than solely addressing obesity as an individual health problem, the Network focuses on how the built environment—including neighborhoods, transportation systems, buildings, parks and open space—can promote more active lives.

The Active Living Network is designed for professionals, advocates and anyone interested in promoting active lifestyles and vibrant, healthy places. Together with its diverse partner organizations and RWJF-supported program partners, the Active Living Network helps to stimulate coordinated action and promote activity-friendly environments in cities, schools, workplaces and neighborhoods.

Learn more about our Mission or download the Active Living Brochure for an introduction to the concepts and programs associated with the Active Living Network. Sign up for our e-newsletter to stay up-to-date on what’s happening in the active living world.