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Rural Project Examples: Infrastructure

Albert Lea Blue Zones Project
Updated/reviewed August 2017
  • Need: Healthy lifestyles are often difficult to achieve for community members of rural, small-town areas.
  • Intervention: The rural community of Albert Lea, as part of the Blue Zones Pilot Project, implemented walking and biking initiatives along with high-level policy systems and environmental changes to promote health and wellness.
  • Results: In the past 5 years, there has been a 38% increase in walking and biking among community members, and they have lost a combined total of 8,000 pounds.
Poplar Bluff Skate Plaza
Updated/reviewed April 2017
  • Need: Slow the increasing rates of childhood obesity stemming, in part, from a lack of physical activity.
  • Intervention: Creating a youth-oriented downtown skate park to build a culture of daily physical activity in the rural community of Poplar Bluff, Missouri.
  • Results: Increased physical activity opportunities for youth in the far southeast corner of Missouri, especially for those not typically involved in organized sports.
Granville Greenways Walkable Community
Updated/reviewed December 2016
  • Need: Community members ages 40-64 in rural Granville County die earlier from heart disease and diabetes in comparison to the average North Carolinian.
  • Intervention: Granville Greenways was created to promote active lifestyles and more walkable communities.
  • Results: Three greenways have been created, with plans and funding received for the creation of additional walking and biking trails throughout the community.
Portable Alternative Sanitation System (PASS)
Added November 2016
  • Need: To bring a low-cost water and sanitation system to an Alaska Native village with no running water or sewer system.
  • Intervention: The Portable Alternative Sanitation System (PASS) collects and treats water and disposes waste without traditional piping.
  • Results: Residents in the pilot project reported that PASS was cleaner and healthier than the self-haul method.