2017-11-08 / Front Page

Making Greencastle and Putnam County healthier, more active is workshop’s focus

Health by Design and the Indiana State Department of Health, in partnership with the Purdue Extension Nutrition Education Program, will present a workshop on Thursday, Nov. 30, designed to help Greencastle and communities throughout Putnam County become healthier and more active communities for all ages and abilities.

The day-long workshop will bring together city staff, community stakeholders and civic leaders to learn about the benefits of designing for active living and strategies for success. The group will conduct an informal walk audit to assess the accessibility and condition of sidewalks and street crossings, and prioritize built environment strategies to encourage active living in Greencastle.

“The purpose of the workshop is to help residents of Putnam County see that strong communities are built for all ages and abilities, and to begin planning and designing an environment that will make it easier for residents to be active in their daily lives,” said Kim Irwin, executive director of Health by Design. Health by Design is a coalition that works to ensure that communities throughout Indiana have neighborhoods, public spaces and transportation infrastructure that promote physical activity and healthy living.

“If someone can easily walk to the grocery store or bike to work, they’re more likely to do so on a regular basis, which benefits them and the community,” Irwin added. “We also encourage people to look at the built environment from the standpoint of whether someone using a wheelchair or pushing a stroller can easily move from one destination to another.”

Presenters for the Active Living Workshop will include staff from Health by Design and the Indiana State Department of Health. The workshop will be held at the St. Paul Catholic Church, 202 E. Washington St., Greencastle on Nov. 30, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

To participate, please register by Wednesday, Nov. 22 at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ GreencastleALW

Questions may be directed to Mindy Duckett at 317-752- 7503 or duckett@purdue.edu.

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