Political ExerciseLawrence D. Brown, professor health policy and management in the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University has just published a new book titled Political Exercise: Active Living, Public Policy, and the Built Environment.

In Political Exercise, Lawrence D. Brown presents five case studies of cities that have promoted active living with varying success through a range of approaches. He shows how and why the transformation of a call for public intervention into projects, programs, and policies is inescapably political. Brown argues that in order to implement policies that support active living, their proponents must give communities a sense of ownership of recommended changes in the built environment, filter the public health agenda through a range of public and private organizations, and secure committed political champions. At the intersection of public health and urban planning, Political Exercise offers a framework for scholars, policy makers, and reformers to more productively address both the rationales behind active living and the political strategies that spur change.

The book is available from Columbia University Press, UAA members receive a 20% discount off the price of the book by using the coupon code CUP20 when purchasing from the Columbia University Press website.  For more information, click here.