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Live Well Omaha Digest – October 29, 2014

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

Healthy #Halloween tips from @CDCgov http://goo.gl/KAojzl #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.
BETTER CITIES & TOWNS
“Compact and connected communities improve public health”

http://goo.gl/5Lf1gr

OMAHA WORLD-HERALD
“With Aksarben Village feel, Council Bluffs’ ‘River’s Edge’ gains momentum”
(Updates coming to Rivers Edge Park will be bike/ped friendly!)

http://goo.gl/Hpzlz7

KETV CHANNEL 7 – (ABC)
“Firefighter makes it his mission to ensure kids have bikes”

http://goo.gl/e6ZQq9

ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON FOUNDATOIN
“Neighborhood Influences on Girls Obesity Risk Across the Transition to Adolescence”

http://goo.gl/j4O794

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EVENTS

Cranksgiving Omaha 2014
November 23, 2014 – 11:00 a.m.
Omaha Bicycle Company
6015 Maple Street
Cranksgiving is part bike ride, part scavenger hunt, and part food drive. Bring a bike, a bag, a lock, and about $15-$20 to buy food. The winners will receive prizes (the prizes will be whatever we can scrounge up for cheap or free) and all the food goes to Food Bank for the Heartland.

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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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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Visiting Nurse Association/Easter Seals Nebraska

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1234186_10151667433101964_794081935_nVisiting Nurse Association/Easter Seals Nebraska (VNA/ESN) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit vision- driven organization intended to improve the lives and health of the residents of our community. We do this through our Mission which is to provide home and community-based health services that provide peace of mind, quality of life and independence. We have been providing programs and services in Omaha and Council Bluffs since 1896. Today our staff of over 400 employees and 200 volunteers uses state-of-the-art electronic health records to document the care provided and progress being made and in turn, communicate and coordinate with other medical providers. Over 200 individuals in the community also use VNA’s telehealth services to help monitor their health and vital signs to assist in maintaining their wellness and independence. All of this is in an effort to reduce the costs of health care.

VNA/ESN offers multidisciplinary home care and hospice services include nursing, social work, dietitian, pharmacist, home health aide and physical, occupational and speech therapies. Hospice care also includes chaplain, bereavement and volunteer services. Community-supported programs include nursing visits to homeless shelters in Omaha and Council Bluffs, home visit programs for young families with income limitations or other risk factors, a teen parent program, childbirth classes, financial assistance to individuals with breast cancer, private duty program and a physical therapy clinic. Additionally, VNA offers Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters program, which empowers families at risk of hunger with the skills, knowledge and confidence to make healthy and affordable meals. Six-week class sessions and grocery tours are held throughout the year.

In 2012, Easter Seals Nebraska merged with VNA. ESN staff share office space in Omaha and have additional offices in Lincoln, Geneva and Hastings. ESN provides exceptional services to help ensure all people with disabilities have an equal opportunity to live, learn, work and play. Services include summer and respite camps, employment services, benefits counseling, training, an alternative loan program and AgrAbility.

The agency’s small but mighty Wellness Committee has led VNA in achieving the Well Workplace Gold Award from the Wellness Council of America in 2008 and 2012. “Fruit in the Room” began this year, providing fresh fruit at a minimal cost every week. Wenninghoff Farms has had a Farmer’s Market in our parking lot the last two years. Staff participated in the Glow Run and Walk at Work. Vending machines are being stocked with healthier items, and more improvements are being planned for 2015. Health fairs have been held at the office the last two years, which included Cooking Matters staff providing a healthy cooking demonstration. Zumba classes are provided weekly and are led by one of our staff dietitians. Flu shots are provided to all employees at no cost.

“VNA/ESN’s Vision to ‘improve the life and health of people in our community’ and LWO’s ‘long-term collaborative effort to improve the overall health of area residents. . .’ are so similar that membership in LWO is a natural fit,” says Jamie Summerfelt, President and CEO and current Chair of LWO Board of Directors. “LWO’s collaborative effort will bring the many efforts of multiple organizations together to collectively and more efficiently produce positive outcomes for the residents of Omaha.”

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Omaha Makes it Easier to Rent Smoke-Free

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No SmokingWhen it comes to living next door to a smoker, many people think that walls separate living spaces from secondhand smoke. But smoke can often drift into others’ apartments through ventilation systems and cracks in ceilings and floors, creating a health risk.

Omaha is seeing a lot of momentum for smoke-free housing options and should be proud that it is now ranked #2 in the U.S. for the highest number of smoke-free apartment listings. Through a partnership with the Metro Omaha Tobacco Action Coalition (MOTAC), Douglas County Putting Prevention to Work has increased the number of smoke-free options – particularly east of 42nd Street, where many citizens have higher risk of chronic disease.

Mutual of Omaha’s Midtown Crossing designated a smoke-free building; a decision based on results of a survey from residents. This year, Hillsborough Pointe Apartments declared its entire complex smoke-free. Douglas County Health Department staff receives regular requests from property managers and residents for assistance with smoke-free policies.

These community-wide efforts support Nebraska’s strong Clean Indoor Air Act, which protects people from smoke in hallways, entrances and common spaces. The common goal is to decrease secondhand smoke exposure and ensure people have healthier environments to live, work, learn and play.

What’s happening in Omaha coincides with a nationwide push to reduce smoking. For example, CVS Pharmacy announced it has stopped selling tobacco products in its stores. And a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) media campaign uses rotting teeth and wrinkles to show teens the affects of smoking.

Our community is taking major strides to support smoke-free living. Join Douglas County Putting Prevention to Work, MOTAC and Live Well Omaha in our efforts.

To learn more and to find smoke-free units in Douglas County, visit http://www.motac.org/rent-smoke-free.html

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PARK(ing) Day

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The Architectural Offices (AO), Big Muddy Workshop, and Dundee Bank Team Up For PARK(ing) Day

AO, Big Muddy Workshop, and Dundee Bank have joined forces to plan and implement the takeover of a parking stall in Dundee on PARK(ing) Day (Friday, September 19th). PARK(ing) Day is a worldwide event where ordinary citizens, artists, and design professionals collaborate to temporarily transform parking spaces into vibrantpublic places. The event’smission is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, generate critical debate concerninghow public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human habitat.

 

The team will inhabit a stall in front of Dundee Bank from 7:00am to 6:00pm on Friday September 19th to educate the public about the impact that each parking stall in a city has on the environment, including:

 

  • The approximate numberof parking stalls that each vehicle used in a cityoccupies in a single day
  • The amount of stormwater runoff that flows off each parking stall in a single year and the impact that the runoff has on city storm drains and local creeks
  • The approximate number of trees that would need to be planted each year to offset the CO2 emissions coming from one standard-size vehicle

 

During the event, the parking stall will be filled with native oak trees, rain barrels, and other educational information to visually demonstrate parking’s impact on our city. Staff from AO, Big Muddy Workshop, and Dundee Bank will be present during the event to interact with interested passers-by.

 

To create a long-term benefit from the event, the native oak trees used in the display will be donated to 10 lucky homeowners. For a chance to win a tree, please “like” the Omaha event’sFacebook page. The names of people receiving a tree will be selected before the event and the team will plant them Saturday, September 20th at those homes.

 

 

A little about the team…

Since 1981, AO has provided unparalleled service to our clients. We believe that, as professionals, we have a social and cultural responsibility to the built structures that come out of our collaboration. With more than 33 years of experience in master planning, architecture, interiors, and sustainable design we believe every project, regardless of size, should receive the same level of commitment outlined by our core beliefs.

 

Big Muddy Workshop, Inc. was founded in 1990 to provide environmentally and culturally-responsible landscape architectural design that celebrates our region and its people. Some of Omaha’s best parks, bike trails and green spaces have been created as a result of the Workshop’s partnership with local citizens and community leaders.

 

Dundee Bank is a neighborhood bank located at 51st and Underwood in the old Buffett family grocery building. It is a branch of Security State Bank.

 

Press Release Contact:

Jennifer Shukert

402.551.3400

jshukert@thearchitecturaloffices.com

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LWO Digest – September 4, 2014

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

Share a selfie with your favorite healthy snack. Using the hashtag #tastethehype #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.
KMTV CHANNEL 3
“‘Bicycling Magazine’ ranks Omaha No. 47 in top 50 Best Bike Cities”

http://goo.gl/SpK0N3

OMAHA WORLD-HERALD (LIVE WELL NEBRASKA)
“La Vista grandmother lowers cholesterol, becomes CrossFit champion”

http://goo.gl/5smbP4

NPR – NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO
“Grocers Lead Kids To Produce Aisle With Junk Food-Style Marketing”

http://goo.gl/giFcRc

KMTV CHANNEL 3
“Program aimed at lowering blood pressure becomes permanent”

http://goo.gl/EmEMfP

More info > http://goo.gl/njqLpM

NPR – NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO
“Drugstore Chain CVS Kicks Tobacco Habit A Month Early”

http://goo.gl/ejmzHy

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OMAHA HEALTH SUMMIT
Live Well Omaha and WELCOM 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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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.

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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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DID YOU KNOW?
SNAP is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as the food stamp program. It is the largest federal nutritional assistance program. In 2013, approximately 180,000 Nebraskans (about 10% of the total population) received SNAP benefits. The economic impact for the state of Nebraska was $7,416,959.

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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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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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