Active Living

Active Living captures ways in which SNAP-Ed programs are working with communities to support increased physical activity and decrease sedentary behavior through changes to policies, systems, and environments, including the built environment. The AZ Health Zone promotes four SNAP-Ed policy, systems and environmental (PSE) strategies that target Active Living.

AZ Health Zone SNAP-Ed Active Living Strategies

Active Living Policy Build capacity to implement active living policy at the community level and by community organizations.

Physical Activity Resources Promote participation in and use of area physical activity resources, including partnerships with parks and trails organizations, and other community organizations.

Physical Activity Opportunities Support family-friendly physical activity opportunities throughout the year, throughout the community.

Use of Stairs Use point-of-decision prompts to encourage use of stairs.

Evaluation of Active Living Strategies

All of the AZ Health Zone Active Living strategies are evaluated using a mixed methods approach.

  1. An online data collection system called SEEDs collects information on what SNAP-Ed programming is being done with Active Living partners.
  2. The Semi-Annual Report Narrative (SARN) allows Contractors to describe their Active Living work in words and images. This provides context to understand why things are developing in certain ways.
  3. The Wilder Collaboration Factors Inventory measures the success factors present within Active Living community coalitions within which SNAP-Ed staff are participating. This assessment will ONLY be collected in FY16/FY18/FY20 by the Evaluation Team.
  4. The Physical Activity Resource Assessment (PARA) is a free, one-page tool that measures the built environment at locations such as parks, sports facilities, trails, community centers, and schools. It assesses the presence and quality of features, amenities, and estimated quantity of incivilities.  This assessment will ONLY be collected in FY17/FY19 by the Evaluation Team.
  5. The ACTive Living Policy GOals Assessment (ACT-GO) is a tool developed by the Evaluaton Team to measure progress toward Active Living policy goals in particular communities. This assessment is new in FY19.