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Welcome to the Promoting Active Communities Program


The Promoting Active Communities Assessment is under re-development and will not be open for completion during the 2015 calendar year.
Please use the information below to find out about the Promoting Active Communities (PAC) Program, the PAC assessment and the PAC Award & Award Winners.

Also visit the Design Guidelines and Glossary pages for resources to help your community become healthier.

  • About the Promoting Active Communities Program
    The Promoting Active Communities (PAC) Program is part of a state initiative on physical activity to help Michigan communities make changes to their policies, promotion strategies, programming and the physical design of their communities to make it easier for community residents to be physically active. Click here for a brief development history of the development of the PAC.

  • PAC Assessment
    The PAC assessment is an online assessment. Communities can use the online self-assessment to evaluate their built environments, policies, and programs that support active living. The assessment, which requires teamwork between community leaders and citizens, generates ideas for community improvements. The system also evaluates Complete Streets policies and implementation.

    To preview the assessment, used between 2006 and 2014, visit the Preview the Assessment page. And please check back early in 2016 for a new and improved PAC Assessment.

  • PAC Award & Award Winners
    Michigan communities that complete the assessment are eligible for an award that recognizes them as an innovative Michigan community making it easier for citizens to lead active lifestyles.

    Click here for a complete list of past award winners.








Many thanks to the 2014 Promoting Active Communities program participants for another great year!
Since 2000, 151 Michigan communities from 58 counties have completed the PAC assessment at least once, with 62 having earned multiple awards.

Click here for a complete list of past award winners.




We are grateful to the many contributors to the Promoting Active Community online assessment and award.
Click here for a complete list of acknowledgements.

Promoting Active Communities is a program of the Michigan Fitness Foundation.