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RALA Tools

RALA Tools General Information

The following PowerPoint documents are meant to support you in your efforts to build a case for healthy built environments and the benefit of completing a Rural Active Living Assessment in your community.

Rural Active Living Assessment Tools: Codebook & Scoring

The Rural Active Living Assessment (RALA) Tools have been designed to help you collect data on physical environment features and amenities, community characteristics, community programs, and policies that could potentially influence levels of physical activity among residents in your community. The Codebook has been divided into separate files to help you consult the sections that best correspond with where you might be on your journey to conducting an active living audit of your rural community.

RALA Codebook (Part 1)

Introduction on how to use the tools and question by question details for completing the community-wide assessment.

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RALA Codebook (Part 2)

Question by question details for completing the program and policy assessment and question by question details for completing the street segment assessment as well as information on scoring the RALA tools.

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Appendix A: Community-wide Assessment

This tool will help you assess the ‘friendliness’ of your community for walking, biking and playing for everyone including youth, elderly and the disabled. It provides a structure for looking at the community as a whole, how it is laid out, where people live, work and go to school, and how they are likely to get from one place to another.

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Appendix B: Program/Policy Assessment

This tool will help you assess your existing programs and policies that might help to overcome an ‘unfriendly’ environment or that might make an environment less activity friendly.

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Appendix C: Street Segment Assessment

This detailed tool will help you assess specific street segments of your community and assess the key characteristics of those segments.

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Appendix D: Scoring Tools

Scoring tools for the Community-wide assessment and the Program and Policies Assessment. Note – reporting for the Street Segment Assessment is included within that tool.

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Appendix E: Reporting Form

Complete the reporting form to help summarize your results from the Community-wide and Program / Policy Assessments.

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Appendix F-1: Supplementary Food Environment Codebook

Using the Supplementary Food Environment Assessment Tool provides question-by-question details for completing the Supplementary Food Environment Assessment.

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Appendix F-2: Food Environment Assessment

This tool will help you assess the existing food environment in your community including accessibility and availability of healthy foods.

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Rural Active Living Assessment Reporting Tools

Provide your feedback on the RALA Tools and the RALA process. Answer this survey to help improve the program!