Madison picked for 'Health by Design' project
Saturday, February 15, 2014 4:00 AM
Madison is one of 10 communities selected to host a workshop designed to help areas become more active and accessible for people of all ages and abilities.
Health by Design and the Indiana State Department of Health selected 10 communities from 25 applicants to host Active Living Workshops throughout 2014 and 2015. The day-long workshop will bring government staff, civic leaders and advocates together to learn about the benefits of active-living communities and what communities can do to make their city more active.
Organizers from Health by Design and the Indiana State Department of Health will lead a walking audit to look at the accessibility and condition of sidewalks and roads for pedestrians and cyclists during the events.
"The point of the workshops is to see that strong communities are built for all ages and abilities, and to begin planning and designing environments that will allow and encourage residents to be active in their lives," said Kim Irwin, executive director of Health by Design.
The Health by Design coalition hopes to create environments for healthy living for people who use wheelchairs to parents pushing strollers.
"If someone can easily walk to the grocery store or bike to work, for example, they're more likely to do that than drive their car, which benefits them and the community," Irwin said.
The Madison workshop will be June 10, with a public open house and discussion from 4 to 6 p.m. A location for the workshop has not been determined.
The other nine communities chosen are: City of Frankfort, Bloomington/Monroe County, Warren County, City of Batesville, City of Decatur, Tippecanoe County, Madison County, City of Shelbyville and City of Rensselaer.