As described by Michele Bever, Executive Director for South Heartland District Health Department and a key community lead for the Superior and Hastings local components of our work, “Our goal is to raise awareness about the health benefits of walking, to help communities in their efforts to become more ‘walkable,’ and to support community improvements that encourage physical activity in general”
Watch the full interview with Michele below and please share with your friends. #WalkNE
The Nebraska Walkable Communities Initiative is a four-year engagement hosted by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, designed to:
- Directly engage and empower six communities to create strategic plans and multi-year initiatives to increase walkability and overall health in each community;
- Create on-the-ground successes that result in positive key health indicators, updated master plans, passage of policies including complete streets, or link together other tools and strategies to promote walkable communities; and,
- Create a strong steering committee that provides a network of experts and technical assistance providers allowing Nebraska communities to achieve increased walkability and overall health.
Stay tuned, there’s more coming: Five of the initially selected communities in year one are hosting their community-driven action summits over the next two months. Stay tuned for more information and links that you can share with your colleagues.
Interested in adopting this approach to meet your state’s needs? Contact Jeremy to discuss further.