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LWO Digest: August 28, 2014

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TWEET OF THE WEEK

If you or your organization use Twitter, please consider sending this “shout out” message:

 

Snack&GO is an easy way to find healthy afterschool snacks. #tastethehype #refresh20 #healthyomaha

 

 

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NEWS REPORTS & BLOGS

Have you seen a news report about an individual or organization making our community more healthy? Please email me the link.

 

 

OMAHA MAGAZINE

“Pedal Power: B-Cycle Bike-Sharing Program Adds Three New Stations”

http://omahamagazine.com/2014/08/pedal-power/

 

OMAHA BY DESIGN

“You Asked, METRO Responds: Route Changes Coming Soon”

http://www.omahabydesign.org/2014/08/you-asked-metro-responds-route-changes-coming-soon/

 

WASHINGTON POST

“Back-to-school: School lunches are packing a healthier punch”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/school-lunches-are-packing-a-healthier-punch/2014/08/19/54126ad6-1cec-11e4-ab7b-696c295ddfd1_story.html

 

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CITIZENS ACADEMY FOR OMAHA’S FUTURE

Citizens’ Academy for Omaha’s Future is sponsored by the Metropolitan Area Planning Agency, Douglas County Health Department, Live Well Omaha, and Mode Shift Omaha. The academy seeks to provide knowledge, skills, and connections that graduates will leverage to advocate for their vision for the community. The outcomes for residents are improved community health, more transportation options, and greater equity.

 

Participants will learn how different values and decisions shape the built environment of Omaha.The workshops will include discussions on planning, transportation, the development process, land use, and community health. Speakers will emphasize when and how the public can impact the development process.

 

The academy consists of six workshops held on successive Thursdays from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm starting October 2nd and culminating November 6th. Supper is provided as part of the $50 tuition. For more information or to apply before 9/15 visit: http://livewellomaha.org/caof/

 

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EVENTS

 

Blue Cross Blue Shield Nebraska

2014 Health & Safety Expo

Friday September 12, 2014

11am-2pm

Stinson Park in Aksarben Village

http://livewellomaha.org/2014-health-safety-expo/

 

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HELP

We are helping the City of Omaha with their annual bike/ped count project by recruiting volunteers. If you are looking for a quick and easy way to volunteer, this is your chance – all you have to do is tally the number of people that pass your assigned location!

1. Click this link or cut/paste it in your browser to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/xr9ciu 2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot) 3. Sign up! Choose your spots – VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

 

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OMAHA HEALTH SUMMIT

Live Well Omaha and Wellness Council of the Midlands invite you to the 7th annual Omaha Health Summit on October 17th at Hilton Downtown Omaha – The theme is “Achieving Healthier Futures.”

 

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

Secure your spot at the 2014 Omaha Health Summit, register today by visiting:

http://omahahealthsummit.com/register-now/

 

SPONSORSHIPS

Interesting in being a sponsor or vendor at this year’s summit? Visit the website for details and an application!

http://omahahealthsummit.com/sponsors/

 

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DID YOU KNOW?

In Nebraska, 96,700 children (or one in five) aren’t sure where their next meal is coming from.

 

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SPREAD THE WORD!

So many great things are happening to make Omaha a healthier community. To continue the momentum – and inspire individuals and organizations to join the movement, we share stories in this digest, our newsletter, on our website, and through social media. If your group has a story to tell (or ran across an interesting health news article), please send it our way! Here’s how:

 

> Submit news features for future issues of this digest, email me -

> anne@livewellomaha.org

 

> Submit 2014 events for our website at

> http://livewellomaha.org/event-submission/

 

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JOIN LIVE WELL OMAHA

Becoming a member of Live Well Omaha is an investment in your community. Please consider joining the movement! Corporate, organizational and individual memberships available. http://livewellomaha.org/join/

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Annual Omaha Health Summit Focused on Healthy Futures

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Omaha-Health-Summit-2014-logoThe 2014 Omaha Health Summit is scheduled for Friday, October 17, 2014 at the Omaha Hilton on 10th and Cass in downtown Omaha. Presented by Live Well Omaha and the Wellness Council of the Midlands (WELCOM), this year’s conference hosts important conversations about community health and wellness in workplace culture around the theme “Achieving Healthier Futures.”

 

“Last year we released the Community Health Improvement Plan [CHIP], which explained where we are in terms of community health,” said Rebecca Vinton Dorn, WELCOM executive director. “This summit we’ll outline the course we need to take to make Omaha a healthier city for years to come.”

 

The CHIP is a major new initiative to improve the health of Douglas County residents. The three year plan, which addresses access to health services, obesity and nutrition, behavioral health across the lifespan, and violence safety and injury in children and adolescents, has several ambitious objectives and goals. To reach these goals, community organizations are leading activities for the CHIP.

 

“There is more reason than ever to create a community-wide movement and investment in creating a new definition of health,” said Anne Meysenburg, executive director for Live Well Omaha. “Omaha is becoming a transformational community – and we’re looking for individuals and organizations to join us in the conversation and work.”

 

The summit is attended by decision makers from government, business, health institutions, and community based organizations, who participate in strategic dialogue about how to continue to move the dial on community and corporate health.

 

Keynote speakers include:

  • Bradley Kreit

Program Co-Director, Health Horizons and Global Food Outlook

  • Ernie P. Goss, Ph.D.
    Jack A. MacAllister Chair in Regional Economics, Professor of Economics
    Economics and Finance – Creighton University

 

Conference pricing:

Member (LiveWell Omaha or WELCOM) – $125.00

Government, Education, Non-Profit & Small Business (Less than 50 employees) – $89.00

Non-Member – $150.00

Student – $50.00

Luncheon – $40.00

 

For more information or to register, visit www.OmahaHealthSummit.com

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Partners for Healthy Schools

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Farm to SchoolAs Live Well Omaha works to make Omaha the healthiest it can be, we recognize that the environments in which we study, work and play have a tremendous impact on the ability to make the healthy choice the easy choice.  While events and programs can help to encourage healthy behaviors, policy level changes are the most successful and sustainable way to make the biggest difference.  Schools looking to make policy change can look to Live Well Omaha to help. Our workshop model helps to equip schools to make lasting changes that promote health and wellness for students, staff and families.  And a menu of easily implemented policies on the subjects of physical activity, nutrition, fresh water availability, and active transportation are available, along with expert assistance and guidance.

Partners for Healthy Schools launched a pilot program during the 2013-2014 school year with four elementary schools.  Each school completed an assessment at the beginning of the process and then used their assessment to identify one goal in the area of nutrition and one goal in the area of physical activity.

Each school was asked to complete an action plan related to each of their goals.  Goals include:

  • Establish policies for food brought in for birthdays and other celebrations. (Conestoga, Fontenelle, Skinner)
  • Establish policy for regular reminders for students of the importance of physical activity and healthy snack choices. (Indian Hill, Conestoga)
  • Increasing physical activity during the school day through brain breaks and other curriculum and providing teachers with resources and training. (Indian Hill)
  • Prohibiting the removal of recess as punishment through policy, training, and alternate discipline strategies. (Indian Hill, Fontenelle, Skinner)

For more information about Partners for Healthy Schools, contact:

Madison Haugland
School Wellness Consultant
Live Well Omaha
madison@livewellomaha.org
(402) 850-9470

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Healthy Community Design

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We at Live Well Omaha recognize the strong connection between community design and health. Not only does a walkable and bikeable community provide an opportunity for residents to easily make a healthy choice, it also supports our community from an equity, economic development and talent-retention standpoint.

Nationally, a growing body of research connects the built environment with a litany of personal and public health issues such as: asthma, cancer, obesity, mental health, substance abuse, crime exposure, cardiovascular disease, and social and health inequity.  Locally, we see our community plagued by these same issues, especially in our most underserved populations.

As an organization, Live Well Omaha supports the following initiatives, recommendations and actions to help facilitate a healthy community design: 

  • The implementation of a Complete Streets policy for our city can ensure the tenets of healthy community design are integrated and institutionalized in new development and redevelopment. At its very core, such a policy is designed to make our streets and sidewalks safe for all users-whether by car, public transit, bike, stroller, wheelchair or foot.
  • Increased collaboration between local health, planning, transportation, and public works departments, as well as community-based organizations, from the early stages of community design decision-making.
  • Providing capacity support and training to government agency staff and departments on the integration of health considerations into all decisions related to community growth and redevelopment.
  • Engagement from the community on the process of design decision-making, including at the most pivotal points. Through the formation of a commission, the Mayor’s Active Living Advisory Committee, the first step is being taken. The further development of a citizens’ academy, now in its initial stages, can help residents learn more about becoming engaged in these issues.

These aren’t the only steps that lead us forward. There is much more work to be done and Live Well Omaha is proud to work with so many city, county, and community officials and stakeholders in an effort to make this city the healthiest place to live and enjoy life.

Sign up for our newsletter or digest or follow us on Twitter or Facebook to remain informed on and engaged in these vital community issues.

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Earn-a-Bike/Bike Safety Class for Refugees

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7-26-14 LFS CBPO (2)Live Well Omaha was approached by Lutheran Family Services and the Community Bike Project Omaha to help put on a earn-a-bike/bike safety class for refugees in the community. The class was held on three consecutive Saturday mornings in the Gifford Park neighborhood.

“We covered helmet fitting, ABC Quick Check, how to fix a flat, other basic bike maintenance and road riding skills,” explained Madison Haugland, LWO Active Living Coordinator. ” These skills were taught in the classroom and on bike.

7-26-14 LFS CBPOAfter completing all three classes the students got to take home a refurbished bike, helmet and bike lights. Not only do the participants have a new way to get around their city, they have the know how to do it safely.

“This is the kind of class we love teaching and hope to hold more in the future!” Haugland said.

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LWO Digest: July 31, 2014

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TWEET OF THE WEEK
If you or your organization use Twitter, please consider sending this “shout out” message:

Thanks to @LFSofNebraska @CommBikeProject for having @LiveWellOmaha help with the bicycle safety/earn-a-bike class! #HealthyOmaha

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OMAHA HEALTH SUMMIT
Live Well Omaha and Wellness Council of the Midlands invite you to the 7th annual Omaha Health Summit on October 17th at Hilton Downtown Omaha – The theme is “Achieving Healthier Futures.”

REGISTRATION OPEN
Secure your spot at the 2014 Omaha Health Summit, register today by visiting:

http://omahahealthsummit.com/register-now/

RFP DEADLINE
We’re reaching out to you to present at this year’s event. Applications due August 1st. Link here > http://goo.gl/JhBCXR

SPONSORSHIPS
Interesting in being a sponsor or vendor at this year’s summit? Visit the website for details and an application!

http://omahahealthsummit.com/sponsors/

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NEWS REPORTS
Have you seen a news report about an individual or organization making our community more healthy? Please email me the link!
OMAHA WORLD-HERALD
“10 Minutes with the Mayor: Stothert discusses eliminating bike coordinator job”

http://goo.gl/FzkDnh

LIVE WELL NEBRASKA (OMAHA WORLD-HERALD)
“Omaha bike czar’s job cut from 2015 city budget”

http://goo.gl/maa8Hj

THE ATLANTIC – CITYLAB
“The Most Persuasive Evidence Yet that Bike-Share Serves as Public Transit”

http://goo.gl/vMiqrq

WOWT Channel 6
“Grant Money Helps Teach Healthy Lessons”

http://goo.gl/PMEIOe

KIOS 91.FM
“Omaha students take peer-to-peer approach to fighting obesity”

http://kios.org/post/omaha-students-take-peer-peer-approach-fighting-obesity

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EVENT

Omaha Home for Boys’
FAMILY FUN AND SAFETY EVENT
Saturday, August 2 * 10am-1pm
When: Saturday, August 2, 2014
Where: Wurdeman Education Center
Omaha Home for Boys Campus
4343 N. 52nd

http://livewellomaha.org/omaha-home-for-boys-family-fun-safety-event/

Blue Cross Blue Shield Nebraska
2014 Health & Safety Expo
Friday September 12, 2014
11am-2pm
Stinson Park in Aksarben Village

http://livewellomaha.org/2014-health-safety-expo/

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VIDEO

TedMed – Reducing Childhood Obesity:

http://www.tedmed.com/greatchallenges/challenge/296

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LEADERSHIP OMAHA
Congrats to Live Well Omaha friends Jo Giles, Jane Meza, and Craig Moody on being selected into Leadership Omaha Class 37!

https://www.omahachamber.org/media-center/news.cfm?proc=article&CSNF_ID=432

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SPREAD THE WORD!
So many great things are happening to make Omaha a healthier community. To continue the momentum – and inspire individuals and organizations to join the movement, we share stories in this digest, our newsletter, on our website, and through social media. If your group has a story to tell (or ran across an interesting health news article), please send it our way! Here’s how:

> Submit news features for future issues of this digest, email me – anne@livewellomaha.org

> Submit 2014 events for our website at http://livewellomaha.org/event-submission/

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JOIN LIVE WELL OMAHA
Becoming a member of Live Well Omaha is an investment in your community. Please consider joining the movement! Corporate, organizational and individual memberships available. http://livewellomaha.org/join/

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2014 Health & Safety Expo

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Blue Cross Blue Shield Nebraska
2014 Health & Safety Expo
Friday September 12, 2014
11am-2pm
Stinson Park in Aksarben Village

2014 BCBSNE Event

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Omaha Home for Boys’ Family Fun & Safety Event

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Fun and Safety Event Flyer

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Omaha Home for Boys
FAMILY FUN AND SAFETY EVENT
Saturday, August 2 * 10am-1pm
When: Saturday, August 2, 2014
Where: Wurdeman Education Center
Omaha Home for Boys Campus
4343 N. 52nd (Omaha, NE)

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LWO Member Spotlight: MAPA

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mapaMAPA? Did you mean NAPA? What’s MAPA? One of the biggest challenges the Metropolitan Area Planning Agency (MAPA) has is explaining to people who we are and what we do. The reason – we’re a governmental agency, but we’re not part of a city, county, or state government  BUT we work directly with those levels of government in both Eastern Nebraska and Western Iowa, as well as the federal government on various projects.  Simply put, MAPA is a voluntary association of local governments that work together in the Greater Omaha-Council Bluffs region.

Think of us as the “Switzerland” of government. We’re neutral.  We convene a lot of the activities involving the regional agencies who focus on planning issues.  One of our largest efforts is Heartland 2050, a regional vision for the future of the eight-county region which makes up the Omaha-Council Bluffs Metropolitan Area and is based on the values of residents.  Heartland 2050 looks at future growth and development scenarios, but will also recommend strategies for human issues related to economic development and education.  To work on a regional scale, collaboration with other organizations is essential.  MAPA is happy to be a new member of Live Well Omaha’s Collaborating Council, which convenes many important organizations that are dedicated to improving the health of residents.

People who are familiar with MAPA may know us for work on transportation planning.  We’ve also been working with Metro Transit on a regional study on the future of alternative transportation in the region, which includes a concept for a bus rapid transit (BRT) line which would run from Westroads Mall to downtown Omaha (and perhaps someday from Elkhorn to Council Bluffs!).  We coordinate the Little Steps, Big Impact ozone awareness campaign with Metro Transit and Live Well Omaha, which works to educate people on air quality concerns in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area and encourages riding the bus as an alternative transportation option through a discounted bus fare incentive.

It’s this program and the Heartland Commuter Challenge which led MAPA to partner with Live Well Omaha in promoting active transportation by joining forces to create one large challenge for 2014. “We saw an opportunity to coordinate our efforts and improve our outreach and participation, and it’s really paid off,” Greg Youell, MAPA Executive Director said.  Youell and Live Well Omaha Executive Director Anne Meysenburg and had talked informally in the past about combining efforts and resources, but formal coordination did not begin until mid-February 2014.  Through 2013, Live Well Omaha coordinated the Omaha area’s participation in the National Bike Challenge May 1st through September 30th while MAPA and Metro ran a month-long Heartland Commuter Challenge in August.  Now these challenges are combined into the “Live Well Omaha Commuter Challenge powered by MAPA and Metro.”

The excitement created by this new collaborative effort has spread to MAPA staff members too. In addition to the employees who exercise regularly for their personal health, several staff members participate on the MAPA team for the Live Well Omaha Commuter Challenge by walking, biking or riding the bus to work and for recreation.   Employees have participated in two group “Taco Rides” on the Wabash Trace Nature Trail this season, and MAPA has a team participating in the Corporate Cycling Challenge on August 17th.

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Two Trails Open by July 4th

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Bike trailTwo Trails Open by July 4th

 

A new section of the MOPAC hiking/biking trail built along NE Highway 31 in Sarpy County will be open in time for the Fourth of July. The Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District began construction of this 4 mile crushed rock trail in October, 2013. Beginning July 4th, trail users will enjoy a safe and scenic off road pathway from Highway 50 west to the Lied Platte River Bridge. This segment is critical in meeting the vision of a MOPAC Trail extending from Omaha to Lincoln in the near future. The MOPAC Trail is named for the abandoned Missouri Pacific Railroad right-of-way on which large portions of the trail have been built.

 

“We are confident that someday soon the MOPAC will host numerous bicyclists wanting to test their cross-country trail riding skills between our state’s two most populated cities,” said John Winkler, Papio-Missouri River NRD General Manager. Eighty percent of the $2.6 million required to build this trail is being provided by Transportation Enhancement Funds available to the NRD thru the Federal Highway Administration and the NE Dept. of Roads. The remainder is being paid by the NRD.

 

Another portion of the MOPAC Trail was recently closed for maintenance and has reopened in time for the holiday. Improvements included resurfacing with crushed rock and reconstruction of bridge approaches. With these two trail openings, the MOPAC Trail now extends from Springfield south to the Platte River along NE Highway 50, then west along NE Highway 31 to the Lied Platte River Bridge – a total distance over 9 miles.

 

The Lower Platte South NRD, based in Lincoln, is constructing a trail from the City of Lincoln to the south side of the Lied Platte River Bridge. “Our two NRDs have been working together for over a decade to see this MOPAC Trail become a reality,” said Winkler.

 

The Lied Platte River Bridge opened in 2002 as the connection for future MOPAC Trails being built between Omaha and Lincoln. The resurfaced, abandoned railroad bridge features scenic Platte River overlooks considered among the finest in the state.

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