In the fall of 2009, the Centers for Disease Control and U.S Department of Health and Human Services issued announcements to state health departments about stimulus funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for policies, systems, and environmental strategies to address obesity, physical activity, nutrition, and tobacco use. Idaho's Department of Health and Welfare applied for, and was awarded, grant funding under the category of physical activity, and in July 2010, contracted with Idaho Smart Growth to manage the project.
The implementation plan was for policies and infrastructure to support all modes of transportation, including active, non-motorized options. Moscow is one of five communities statewide to be selected as pilots for that effort. With guidance from Deanna Smith of Idaho Smart Growth and other pilot communities, Moscow is addressing public health concerns associated with sedentary lifestyles by providing people with healthful alternatives through community design, and policies, and programs that support active living. The City of Moscow would like to thank the Centers for Disease Control and U.S Department of Health and Human Services Idaho Smart Growth, Idaho's Department of Health and Welfare, and most importantly Idaho Smart Growth for assisting in making this project possible.