Goleta Board Member Kyle Richards Joins Complete Streets Champions Institute

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Source: City of Goleta

In support of the Active People Initiative, Healthy Nation℠, Smart Growth America (SGA), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity announced that Goleta City Council member Kyle Richards will be part of the third class of the Champions Institute. The program was created to help motivated local elected officials define, design, build and fairly evaluate complete streets in their communities. Councilman Richards was selected as one of many local elected officials from across the United States (and its territories).

“We are thrilled to welcome Council Member Kyle Richards to the third class of the Champions Institute,” said John Robert Smith, senior policy adviser at Smart Growth America and former mayor of Meridian, Mississippi, for 16 years. “As we emerge from the confines of the pandemic, Council Member Richards’ commitment to a healthier and more connected hometown was compelling. From his position as a council member, envisioning a more accessible, equitable and economically viable community for all residents is a winning strategy.

Council Member Kyle Richards said, “I am honored to have been selected for this opportunity, and hope to use what I have learned to make Goleta a safer place for all forms of active transportation. »

Over the next nine months, Champions Institute participants will attend virtual learning sessions that will make them experts in equity-based principles and train them on the fundamental steps to achieving Complete Streets in their community. , from vision to implementation. Participants will also learn best practices and challenges from across the country, as they tackle different strategies in a collaborative and supportive peer learning environment.

Local leaders selected for the Institute of Champions will have the opportunity to learn from a wide range of national experts and former local elected officials in the areas of public health, policy, street design and of the implementation of projects. By the end of the program, Champions will be experts in promoting community reforms to create safer streets for all users, including pedestrians, cyclists, transit users and motorists. Champions will be ready to support plans, policies, and funding that promote the CDC’s Active People, Healthy Nation℠ initiative to expand activity-friendly routes to everyday destinations in their communities.

Once participants complete their work at the Champions Institute, SGA will provide ongoing support to local champions as they serve their communities. The new Complete Streets Champions will act as emissaries to other local leaders, sharing their expertise and insights to develop a network of more Complete Streets Champions across the country who will build and expand activity-friendly routes to daily destinations across the country.

This program is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This program is designed to support the Active People, Healthy Nation initiative by developing more activity-friendly routes to everyday destinations.

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Smart Growth America envisions a country where no matter where you live or who you are, you can enjoy life in a healthy, prosperous, and resilient place. We empower communities through technical assistance, advocacy and thought leadership to achieve our vision of livable places, healthy people and shared prosperity. For more information, visit www.smartgrowthamerica.org.

Active People, Healthy Nation℠ Initiative is a nationwide initiative led by the CDC to help 27 million Americans become more physically active by 2027. Increased physical activity can improve health, quality of life, and reduce the costs of Health care. These improvements can help reduce the risk of at least 20 chronic diseases and conditions and provide effective treatment for many of these conditions. Other potential benefits include better academic performance and better military readiness. Building active, walkable communities can help support local economies, reduce air pollution, and create more cohesive communities. Learn more here.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity protects the health of Americans at every stage of life by encouraging regular physical activity, good nutrition, and healthy weights. With the support of state and community partners, they provide data, programs that work, and practical tools so that Americans have the best possible chance of leading healthier lives and avoiding chronic disease.

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