HEALTH OFFICIALS RELEASE GUIDEBOOKS TO HELP HOOSIERS BE MORE ACTIVE
The Indiana State Department of Health’s Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity (DNPA) has released its Active Living Guidebook. Created in collaboration with Health by Design, the guidebook will help community leaders and advocates create more active communities throughout the state.From 2014 to 2018, DNPA worked with Purdue Extension and Health by Design to conduct 46 active living workshops in communities across Indiana. More than 1,800 participants, including city planners and engineers, public health professionals, school administrators and community leaders, attended the workshops and learned how to improve their communities’ infrastructure so residents have more opportunity to be active.According to the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, approximately 33 percent of adults in Indiana had obesity in 2017 and less than half met the recommendations for moderate physical activity that year.The guidebook provides a summary of the active living workshop process, as well as recommendations and examples of success stories. The second edition of the Safe Routes to School Guidebook, which helps communities improve the safety of children who bike or walk to school by building new sidewalks, improving pedestrian crossings and teaching children safe walking and biking skills, has also been released. Both guidebooks can be found on ISDH’s website at www.in.gov/isdh/25142.htm .
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