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CHEERS!
$5
per month
For the reasonable rate of a modestly priced micro-brew or fancy espresso beverage per month, you can contribute mightily to our cause and creative endeavors. We hereby salute you and your generosity by enthusiastically raising a frosty mug to yours and say "Thank You!" and "Cheers!"
Also, we'll send you:
  • A personal Thank You note
  • An Active Towns logo sticker 
EASY MATH
$10
per month
Love it! Just keeping it simple, which we can certainly appreciate. Your contribution each month adds up nicely and helps us keep rollin'. Thank you!
Also, we'll send you:
  • A personal Thank You note
  • An Active Towns logo sticker 
  • An Active Towns scarf/bandana
WAIT! YOU DID WHAT?
$25
per month
Well, we're nearly speechless here. For the price of a nice bottle of wine each month, you've helped us offset a decent chunk from our annual production costs.  We applaud your generosity and budgeting skills.
Also, we'll send you:
  • A personal Thank You note
  • An Active Towns logo sticker
  • An Active Towns t-shirt

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About

Hey there! Thank you so much for making your way to our Patreon page. This is John Simmerman, Founder of Advocates for Healthy Communities, Inc. a not-for-profit 501c3 organization that is working to make the world a healthier, more activity-friendly and people-oriented place for "All Ages & Abilities". Our signature program is the Active Towns Initiative and we've created this page to provide a convenient and seamless way for you to contribute to and help our cause on a monthly basis in any amount that makes sense for you and your budget.

Want to Learn More? Great! Your curiosity shall be rewarded in the form of a few helpful FAQs (frequently asked questions).

What's the Active Towns Initiative all about? Our mission is to help inspire and advise in the creation of healthy, activity promoting communities. We inspire through storytelling by creating a portfolio of multi-media content such as videoa podcast, and blog posts. We also provide direct advice, consulting support, and program design to cities wanting assistance, more information can be found on our website.

Why is this important? Well, you may have heard, in these modern times we've become a relatively sedentary population with a bit of a waistline problem. In fact, physical inactivity and obesity, combine as major risk factors for nearly every serious chronic disease process afflicting our society, including heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and even some forms of cancer. A lack of movement also negatively impacts our general wellbeing, mood and ability to cope with stress. As an added benefit, if more of us shift our short trips to walking and biking, we'll decrease our fossil fuel use, which is also good for our pocketbooks and the environment.

Is there any good news? Yes! Glad you asked. I've been a health promotion professional for over 30 years and about 15 years ago I started noticing an encouraging trend, an enhanced awareness emerging in the connections between public health and the built environment; more specifically, how the design of our communities either support or impede healthy human movement and what we refer to as a Culture of Activity.

Why is a larger audience needed? Ideally, the desire and initiative to create healthier, more activity-friendly places need to come from both the community members (residents) and it's leaders (politicians and administrators). Our goal, therefore, is to reach a broad audience, with positive, inspirational stories of change and transformation. There are some wonderful successes out there and we'll strive to profile some of the best of these in a compelling, entertaining, and engaging way.

How will the monies raised be used? All monies collected will first go directly towards our overhead expenses associated with our multi-media content creation. As a very quick example, our monthly cost for our video/audio editing software package as a non-profit is $54 per month, our various hosting platforms including the podcast, support subscriptions such as the background music we use, and utilities run roughly an additional $250 per month. Any additional funds rasied will help offset costs associated with running the non-profit, including travel expenses, insurance, and if any is left over, my compensation (hasn't happened yet, but I keep hustling) :-) 

Are the monies really tax-deductible? Yes! We are a registered and recognized 501c3 not-for-profit organization so your contributions will, in most circumstances, be tax-deductible. BTW The reason we are not offering tier rewards at this point, is that as a non-profit, we'd have to subtract the value of said award from your tax-deductible amount. As always, be sure to check with your tax accountant or attorney if you have a unique situation and/or specific tax questions.
Goals
$61 of $1,000 per month
Well we've got most of our filmmaking equipment in place, our pre-production schedule is complete and we are solidly in ramp up mode. This first goal of $1,000 per month provides us with a solid foundation as we are already beginning to document our 10 target cities as they attempt their giant leap in becoming more activity promoting places.
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