Contacts & Resources

General Inquiries

Download the DFFC Work Group and Committee Contacts PDF.

For all media and general inquiries about the Detroit Food & Fitness Collaborative, please contact Project Director W. DeWayne Wells,

W. DeWayne Wells

Detroit Food & Fitness Project Director
Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan
2131 Beaufait
Detroit, MI 48207

Local Resources

Detroit Complete Streets

Trails in Detroit

Detroit Greenways Coalition

Michigan Trails & Greenways Alliance


Dequindre Cut

Overview of non-motorized pathway

Detroit’s Eastern Market

History and overview of current plans for renovations

Double Up Food Bucks

Overview of the program

Food, Farming and Community

The Voices Project at Michigan State University Museum presents resources to build greater understanding about farmers, farming and food. These issues and relationships affect everyone, everyday. Our health and the environment are at stake.

Healthy Community Checklist

This checklist provides quick online assessment of any Michigan community’s health.

National Resources & Websites

Active for Life

Active for Life is a research-based organization exploring the replication of effective programs aimed at mid-life and older adults.

Active Living Blueprint

Active Living Blueprint is a consensus document and coalition of organizations implementing strategies to increase physical activity among adults age 50 and older.

Active Living By Design

Active Living By Design (ALBD) creates community-led change by working with local and national partners to build a culture of active living and healthy eating. Established by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, ALBD is part of the North Carolina Institute for Public Health at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Active Living Diversity Project

Detailed in this report, the project identifies opportunities for developing effective programs to increase physical activity and healthy eating in the African American, Latino and Native American communities.

Active Living Network

The Active Living Network, supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is a gateway to tools and resources that promote active living and healthy community design. Its monthly profiles feature inspiring stories and strategies for promoting active living through interviews with professionals, community leaders and innovators from around the country.

Active Living Research – Resource Search

This searchable web page created by Active Living Research, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, includes abstracts, publication summaries, tools and measures, and literature citations. More than 900 tools and resources are searchable by topic area, study population, resource type and date.  Examples include survey tools and protocols for measuring the quality of public parks and walkability in neighborhoods.

Active Living Research Summaries

Active Living Research, supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, offers three valuable summaries about designing active living environments: “Designing to Reduce Childhood Obesity,” “Designing for Active Transportation” and “Designing for Active Recreation.” Its searchable website also features summaries of the latest research, among other resources.

Active Living Resource Center

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to health and health care. As part of its mission to promote healthy communities and lifestyles, it has funded a number of active living organizations including Leadership for Healthy Communities, Active Living by Design, Active Living Network, Active Living Research, Active Living Resource Center, Active for Life and Active Living Blueprint.

American Public Health Association

The American Public Health Association is the oldest and most diverse organization of public health professionals in the world and has been working to improve public health since 1872. The Association aims to protect all Americans, their families and their communities from preventable, serious health threats and strives to assure community-based health promotion and disease prevention activities and preventive health services are universally accessible in the United States.

Building Communities from the Inside Out: A Path Toward Finding and Mobilizing a Community’s Assets

Published by Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University, this book outlines effective community-building strategies and summarizes lessons learned by studying successful community-building initiatives.

California Center for Civic Participation

The California Center for Civic Participation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan youth development organization that enables middle and high school students to create positive social change in their communities, cities, and state.

Communications Toolkit for Nonprofits

Produced by Cause Communications, this comprehensive guide offers practical information on navigating communications for the nonprofit world with practical information in various areas of communications.

C.S. Mott Group

Website for the C.S. Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems at Michigan State University.

Directors of Health Promotion and Education

Building on principles and practices of health promotion and education, DHPE has sharpened its focus to strengthen public health capacity in policy and in systems change to improve the health of all and achieve health equity.

Economic Impacts of Increased Fruit and Vegetable Production and Consumption in Iowa: Phase II

This report examines economic opportunity through linking enhanced fruit and vegetable consumption to local production.

ENACT: Environmental Nutrition and Activity Community Strategies

Created by the Prevention Institute, the website provides a concrete menu of strategies designed to help communities improve nutrition and activity environments on a local level.

ENACT Local Policy Database

The database is an online resource of local policies that can improve opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity.

Equitable Development Tool Kit

Equitable development is an approach to creating healthy, vibrant, communities of opportunity. Equitable outcomes come about when smart, intentional strategies are put in place to ensure that low-income communities and communities of color participate in and benefit from decisions that shape their neighborhoods and regions. This online toolkit includes 28 tools to reverse patterns of segregation and disinvestment, prevent displacement, and promote equitable revitalization.

Health for Oakland’s People and Environment (HOPE) Collaborative

A group of organizations, institutions and community residents formed the HOPE Collaborative to improve health and quality of life by transforming the food and fitness environments in Oakland neighborhoods suffering the most from health disparities.

Healthy Community Design Legislation Database

The National Conference of State Legislators, a bipartisan organization, maintains this database of state legislation, which covers a number of topics including bicycling and pedestrian, land use and smart growth, obesity, physical activity and transportation. This database can be searched by state, topic area, year, bill type, text search, bill status and/or bill number.

Healthy Eating/Active Living Convergence Partnership

The partnership’s website includes links to numerous reports on health disparities.

Healthy Eating Research

One of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Active Living Programs, Healthy Eating Research (HER) supports research on environmental and policy strategies to promote healthy eating among children to prevent childhood obesity. The program focuses its work among low-income and racial and ethnic populations who are at the highest risk for obesity.

Healthy Food Financing Initiative

Summary of the Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) as a viable, effective, and economically sustainable solution to the problem of limited access to healthy foods, and can reduce health disparities, improve the health of families and children, create jobs, and stimulate local economic development in low-income communities.

Healthy Planning

This website provides a helpful list of resources including fact sheets and toolkits for nutrition and public health advocates interested in the connection between land use, economic development and redevelopment, and health.

Holyoke Food & Fitness Policy Council

The mission of the Holyoke Food & Fitness Policy Council is to create and sustain a more healthy and vibrant Holyoke through the development of programs, policies, community leadership and advocacy.

King County Food and Fitness Initiative (KCFFI)

The King County Food and Fitness Initiative (KCFFI) is a community coalition formed in 2006, funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to begin planning for a ten plus year initiative, called Food and Fitness, launched in 2007 nationally in 9 regions around the country.

Leadership for Healthy Communities

Leadership for Healthy Communities is a national program working towards government policies to improve access to affordable and healthy foods, increase opportunities for safe physical activity and improve the social environments of children.

League of American Bicyclists

The mission of the League of American Bicyclists is to promote bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation and work through advocacy and education. The League website is the official site of National Bike Month, offers the only nationwide bicycling instructor certification, recognizes bicycling friendly municipalities through the Bicycling Friendly Communities Campaign and advocates on behalf of bicycling legislation.

National Alliance for Hispanic Health

The National Alliance for Hispanic Health (the Alliance) is the premier science-based nonprofit organization that focuses on improving the health and well-being of Hispanics.

National Cancer Institute Standardized Surveys of Walking & Bicycling Database

This database contains surveys, questionnaires and a list of validation studies concerning walking and biking. It provides easy access to a large number of questions assessing duration and frequency of walking and bicycling in the non-disabled adult population. The database can be searched using a number of factors including mode, purpose, international/domestic, interval, duration, distance units and survey name.

National Center for Safe Routes to School Tools and Case Studies

The National Center for Safe Routes to School shows how communities can build safe, welcoming environments for kids walking or biking to school and for pedestrians and bicyclists of all ages.

National Children Study

Ongoing scan of social issues affecting children.

National Complete Streets Coalition

The National Complete Streets Coalition is a collaboration of diverse groups of partners working in support of streets designed equitably for pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities to move safely within our communities.

National Conference of State Legislators

A bipartisan organization serving the legislators and staffs of the nation’s 50 states, commonwealths and territories, offers extension information and resources on legislative issues and activities across the country.

Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative

NE Iowa food and fitness initiative.

Northeast-Midwest Institute – Farm and Food Policy Project

Because the northeastern states and the midwestern states contain a distinct mix of urban and rural/agricultural areas, the Institute has played a unique role in bringing together regional interest groups from both worlds to address critical issues such as: urban food access, sustainable farming practices, the proliferation of markets for locally grown food, childhood obesity and rural water quality protection.

Nutrition Standards for Foods in Schools: Leading the Way toward Healthier Youth

This Institute of Medicine report provides recommendations about appropriate nutritional standards for the availability, sale, content and consumption of foods at school, with attention to competitive foods.

Organ Wise Guys

A colorful website offers materials for communicating with children about nutrition, physical activity, and other lifestyle issues.

Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center

The center’s website offers information and materials for building safe places for walking and bicycling, as well as a searchable image library with thousands of photos for public use.

Philadelphia Urban Food and Fitness Alliance

Blog for PUFFA, which brings community members and experts together to research and create a plan to make Philadelphia a healthier place to eat and play.


PolicyLink highlights new research, advocacy campaigns, policy strategies, and promising practices to achieve economic and social equity from communities across the country.

Preventing Childhood Obesity: Health in the Balance

This Institute of Medicine study examines the nature, extent and consequences of obesity in U.S. children and youth, and offers a prevention-oriented action plan with short-term and longer-term interventions.

Prevention Institute

The Prevention Institute addresses complex health and social issues. Its website is a great resource in the effort to propel systematic, comprehensive strategies that change the conditions that impact community health.

Project for Public Spaces

Project for Public Spaces emphasizes place-making approaches to help people create and sustain public spaces that build community. Their program areas include parks, transportation, civic centers, public markets, downtowns, mixed-use development, campuses, public squares and waterfronts.

Public Spaces Place-making Tools

Numerous place-making articles/tools produced by the Project for Public Spaces in Association show how well-planned public spaces can create a sustainable vehicle for upward mobility and individual empowerment.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Active Living Programs

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funds several Active Living programs, which offer links to useful resources.

SafeScape: Creating Safer, More Livable Communities through Planning and Design

This book gives an overview of the environmental aspects influencing crime and provides recommended strategies for creating communities where citizens can feel safe. The planning and design solutions presented in this resource are illustrated with personal observations, pictures and case studies. Also, citizen engagement and an appreciation of diversity are emphasized as key factors for success.

School Food Environments and Policies in U.S. Public Schools

Nominated by RWJF’s vice president of research and evaluation as one of the year’s most influential research articles, this study is one of the most comprehensive examinations of school foods and policies to date.

State/Metro Physical Activity Data

This Center for Disease Control and Prevention website includes a broad spectrum of physical activity resources including state-by-state physical activity statistics available by demographic group and metropolitan area, and a database of physical activity programs that can be searched by keyword or state.

THRIVE: Tool for Health and Resilience In Vulnerable Environments

This online tool is intended to help communities understand and prioritize the factors that can help improve local health and safety.

Trust for America’s Health

Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to saving lives by protecting the health of every community and working to make disease prevention a national priority.

USDA Research, Education and Economics

USDA National Agriculture Research, Extension, Education and Economics Advisory Board website.

What’s Cooking in Your Food System? A Guide to Community Food Assessment

This guide informs and supports the development of community food assessments as a tool for increasing community food security and creating positive change. It is published by the Community Food Security Coalition.

W.K. Kellogg: The Linkages Project National Food & Fitness Colloquium/March 2008

The Linkages project is an effort to create a broad-based, national network that links community, state and national efforts. By fostering connections and convening a growing base of national partners, Linkages works to create momentum, inform and advocate for policy changes, and advance the initiative’s policy and systems change agenda.

W.K. Kellogg: Policy and Systems Change Webcast #1

Food & Fitness is focused on transforming the policies, practices and systems that shape our food and fitness environments to bring about sustainable community change. Policy change is an important driver in transforming the systems that impact our food and fitness environments.

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