The American Lung Association in California Become a Healthy Growth Leader for Southern California
The American Lung Association in California's Healthy Growth Leaders are local elected leaders committed to supporting land use and transportation planning strategies to improve the health of their communities and the region. They do this by promoting healthier, safer and more active transportation choices to reduce asthma, obesity and other chronic illnesses that place a heavy burden on our children, the elderly and other vulnerable populations. Healthy Growth Leaders are recognized by the American Lung Association in California for their commitment to improve health and quality of life in our region.
As a Healthy Growth Leader, you are showing that you support clean air and healthier neighborhoods in your community. The American Lung Association in California will recognize your efforts to promote healthy communities. Sign up today to:
**Be listed on our Healthy Growth Leaders web page as a local leader making a positive difference for the health of their constituents.
**Be recognized in an American Lung Association in California press release celebrating the efforts of local leaders to improve health through the SCS process (sign up by Nov. 29, 2013 for inclusion in the release).
Please join us as a Healthy Growth Leader by signing on to the following statement on the importance of improved land use and transportation planning to support public health:
"As an elected official responsible for improving the quality of life in my Southern California community, I support smart growth strategies to reduce the harmful pollution in our region and to cut asthma attacks, obesity and other chronic illnesses that place a heavy burden on our communities, especially our children, the elderly and other vulnerable individuals.
I support the American Lung Association in California's vision for healthy growth in the Southern California Association of Governments' regional Sustainable Community Strategy. Healthy growth envisions communities built in ways that allow more choices for transit, biking or walking to connect places where people live, work, shop and play.
As a Healthy Growth Leader, I endorse the following strategies for improved planning in our region:
1) Support the use of public health metrics and policies in decision making. Transportation and land use planning agencies should work with SCAG and county health departments to quantify public health outcomes as part of the decision making process.
2) Support the SCAG SCS, including the focus on transit oriented development, transit and active transportation. New investments are needed in Metrolink rail and Bus Rapid Transit systems as well as bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure to facilitate safe access to transit. Local governments should not only redirect existing funds to transit and active transportation, where possible, but should identify and support new funding opportunities for the Inland Empire.
3) Support health elements in general plans to ensure public health impacts including those related to the built environment are considered in local planning and development decisions.
4) Support the transition to zero-emission goods movement technologies to reduce pollution from goods movement throughout the Inland Empire.
To sign on to the statement above as a Healthy Growth Leader, please fill out the following form and you will be contacted by the American Lung Association in California to continue to build a healthier Southern California together.