by Live Well
Bicycle share systems in the United States are a trend which continues to grow and gain more interest by commuter and recreational riders. Now in its third year, Omaha B-cycle has seen significant year over year growth in both more members and rides. Omaha’s popular bike-share program saw a 92% increase in rides, compared to 2012.
To accommodate cyclists in Omaha who want to use the system year round, B-cycle will remain open through winter as the program gauges how the equipment fares in snow, road salt and low angle sunshine.
“We are testing out winter operations for the first time – just like the bike-share programs in Boston, Chicago, and Denver,” explained Ben Turner, Omaha B-cycle Program Director. “Because the stations are powered by solar panels, we’ll be watching closely if we get enough sun to keep them running.”
Omaha B-cycle is suggesting those interested in checking out a bike to first visit the website (http://omaha.bcycle.com ) or use a smart phone app like “Spotcycle” or “B-cycle” to make sure the station is up and running.
“While some people won’t enjoy riding in the cold, we want to remind everyone that our annual memberships work in 14 other cities, some of which are very nice in the winter!” said Turner
Omaha B-cycle Annual Memberships work in the following cities:
- Denver, CO
- Boulder, CO
- Madison, WI
- Boulder, CO
- Madison, WI
- San Antonio, TX
- Houston, TX
- Spartanburg, SC
- Charlotte, NC
- Des Moines, IA
- Kansas City, MO
- Nashville, TN
- Kailua, HI
- Broward County, FL.
- Fort Worth, TX
- Salt Lake City, UT
Omaha B-cycle is an initiative of Live Well Omaha. The large-scale bike sharing system now has 43 B-cycles at eight B-stations located in Downtown Omaha, Aksarben Village, and UNO. To use the system, individuals purchase a Daily, Monthly, or Annual access pass, then pick up a B-cycle at any station and return it to any station, as many times as they choose during the access period. Access pass is activated at the first check-out and riders are allowed unlimited checkouts. Checkouts longer than an hour incur additional charges.
by Live Well Omaha
With the first major cold weather expected this week, Live Well Omaha reminds parents of students to properly outfit their children for the trek to school.
“Walking and biking to school can be done even in the winter time,” explained Madison Haugland, active living coordinator for Live Well Omaha. “This fun and healthy activity can be accomplished by planning ahead and making sure you are wearing enough layers of clothing.”
Live Well Omaha offers the following tips for the cold commute:
- Wear layers of warm clothing and a warm coat that deflects the wind
- Keep hands and head covered to prevent heat loss
- On really cold days, wear a scarf over your face and mouth
- Wear warm, waterproof boots
- Pack an extra pair of socks to change into at school in case your child’s feet get wet
- BE SEEN! Brightly colored clothing makes you more visible to motorists
In a report released December 2, 2013, more American schoolchildren (K-8) are walking to school.
LINK: Study Reveals More K-8 Children Are Walking to School
Property owners with sidewalks have a responsibility when snow accumulates. “Be sure your sidewalks and curbs to the street are scooped,” said Haugland. “You may have kids in your neighborhood walking, biking, or waiting for the bus. This makes everyone’s commute quicker, easier and safer.”
According to the City of Omaha Municipal Code “Sidewalk Snow & Ice Removal” section:
Sec. 34-332. Removal required.
It shall be the duty of the occupant, as well as the duty of the owner, of any lot or land or real estate in the city to clear all ice and snow from the sidewalks adjoining the said lot, land or real estate within 24 hours after the city has declared that snow removal operations on the city’s major streets are complete.
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ABOUT LIVE WELL OMAHA
Live Well Omaha is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focusing on improving the overall health of area residents and position Omaha as a thriving community now and well into the future. For more information, visit www.LiveWellOmaha.org
by Live Well Omaha
SHOP WHOLE FOODS DECEMBER 10TH AND SUPPORT LWO
Live Well Omaha has been selected by Whole Foods Market for a special community giving day (otherwise known as “5% Days”) where five percent of that day’s net sales are donated to a local nonprofit or educational organization.
Please shop at Whole Foods Market (10020 Regency Circle) on Tuesday, December 10th, buy nutritious foods and know that you’re supporting our work to make Omaha a healthier, happier community!
SHOW OMAHA THAT TRANSIT MATTERS
Attend a public meeting at Mutual of Omaha on Tuesday, December 3, from 5:30 – 7:00. Get involved and make your voice heard!
Did they teach that when you were in school? Learn about a really cool service learning project at King Science Center that teaches kids about learning, solving and giving back.
BLOOD LEAD LEVELS IMPROVE, BUT WORK REMAINS
Children who suffer from blood lead poisoning can experience behavior problems, learning disabilities, speech impediments, and reduced intelligence, even at low levels of exposure.
In 2012, the Douglas County Health Department reported119 children had tested positive for elevated blood lead levels, compared to 3,447 children in 1998. While Douglas County Health care providers have been testing more children than ever before, the potential for exposure to lead hazards continues in too many homes, putting more children and their futures at risk.
Read the full story at http://douglascountyhealth.com/latest-news/375-blood-lead-levels-improve-but-more-work-remains
HEALTHY CORNER STORES
Omaha’s Healthy Corner Stores initiative was featured this week in a national newsletter.
JOIN THE “RESOLUTION REVOLUTION”
A new year gives individuals and organizations time to pause, reflect and think about what they can do to improve themselves. During the month of December, Live Well Omaha will release a social media campaign called “Resolution Revolution.” The idea is to share your intentions to become more healthy – as a person, family, church, business or organization. The goal is to publish these (along with a snapshot, headshot or logo) throughout the community in hopes to inspire others to consider making their (or their members’) lives better.
Join the revolution by:
1. Get a photo or logo of yourself or organization
2. Write your resolution in an email (and attach the photo or logo)
3. Email it to email@example.com
The resolutions should be related to health, nutrition, physical activity or any plans to improve overall wellness in 2014. Resolutions will be listed on our website, Facebook page and through Twitter.
by Live Well Omaha
HUGE INCREASE IN NUMBER OF OMAHA BICYCLE COMMUTERS
The number of people commuting by bicycle is up 124% from 2000-2012.
OMAHA MIGHT GET ITS FIRST PROTECTED BIKE LANE
A request by Hanscom Park neighbors for the city to slow down speeding traffic on 32nd Avenue could lead to Omaha’s first “cycle track,” a physically protected, two-way bike path that’s part of a roadway.
WHY BUILD PROTECTED BIKE LANES?
Here’s a one-page info-graphic which gives a great overview of the reasons for protected bike lanes.
MATTHEW HANSEN MAKES THE CASE FOR TRANSIT TRAVEL
Think the bus is not for you? Read about OWH columnist Matthew Hansen’s experience.
HEALTHY FAMILIES AMERICA COMES TO DOUGLAS COUNTY
Healthy Families America is a nationally recognized home visiting program that supports families and links them to needed resources and training to improve children’s health.
BENSON NEIGHBORHOOD DESIGN WORKSHOP NOVEMBER 20
LIVE WELL OMAHA 5% DAY AT WHOLE FOODS
Please do your holiday grocery shopping at Whole Foods on December 10th and 5% of your total purchase will go to Live Well Omaha.
A DIET FUELED BY FOOD STAMPS IS MAKING SOME PEOPLE OBESE BUT LEAVING THEM HUNGRY
CAN YOU SPARE 12 MINUTES?
In this funny and thought-provoking TED talk, Janette Sadik-Khan, transportation commissioner of New York City, shares projects that have reshaped street life in the 5 boroughs of New York, including pedestrian zones in Times Square, high-performance buses and a 6,000-cycle-strong bike share. Her mantra: Do bold experiments that are cheap to try out.
by Live Well Omaha
COMMUNITY HEALTH IMPROVEMENT PLAN POSTED
Check out the CHIP announced at last week’s Omaha Health Summit and see how your organization can get engaged. http://assets.thehcn.net/content/sites/douglas/Douglas_County_CHIP_Full_Plan.pdf
INAUGURAL “GOLDEN BEET” AWARD WINNER ANNOUNCED AT HEALTH SUMMIT
One woman in north Omaha is being recognized for her exceptional efforts of promoting health and disease prevention in her neighborhood. http://douglascountyhealth.com/latest-news/371-health-department-announces-first-golden-beet-winner
LAST MINUTE HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS
WINTER BICYCLE COMMUTING CLINIC
Sunday, November 17, 2013
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
University of Nebraska at Omaha CPACS Building (Collaborating Commons)
Join Live Well Omaha and UNOBikes for our 4th Annual Winter Bicycle Commuting Clinic! Learn all of tips and tricks you’ll need to stay warm and safe this winter from experienced year-round cyclists. We’ll be meeting at the UNO CPACS building in the Collaborating Commons. Bike parking is available on the west or north sides of the building. Metro Transit line #2 runs along Dodge and services UNO. (please check www.ometro.com for their Sunday Schedule.)
Hope to see you there! And bring a friend!
Link to Eventbrite: https://wintercyclingclinic.eventbrite.com
WINTER BICYCLE COMMUTING CHALLENGE
Challenge runs November 1 – March 31
All transport and sport miles allowed!
Welcome to the 3rd Annual Omaha Winter Bicycle Challenge! Please log your winter miles here. Stay safe and warm!
Link to Endomondo challenge page: http://www.endomondo.com/challenges/13053856
TWEET OF THE WEEK
Please tweet this (or post to your Facebook page) if you support smoke-free rental options for our community:
I support smoke-free housing options for renters in Omaha! #SmokeFreeOmaha http://bit.ly/1dlpwWy
Are you a cyclist and have an Instagram account? Upload and share your cycling adventure photos on Instagram and use the hashtag: #BikeOmaha
Please “Like” our friends at the Douglas County Health Department https://www.facebook.com/pages/Douglas-County-Health-Department/390572354389063
YMCA OFFERS DIABETES PREVENTION PROGRAM
The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program helps those at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles by eating healthier, increasing physical activity and losing a modest amount of weight in order to reduce their chances of developing the disease.
Openings are available for December classes. If your company is interested in a program like this as a solution for diabetes management, the YMCA can offer this program in corporate settings as well.
More information is available at http://metroymca.org/diabetes-prevention-program/
How would you like the Metro to look in 40 years? Get involved and let your voice be heard!
KIOS 91.5 FM: “Heartland 2050 Workshops Continue” http://kios.org/post/heartland-2050-workshops-continue
KETV Chronicle overview of the Heartland 2050 project: http://www.ketv.com/news/local-news/KETV-Chronicle-Heartland-2050/-/9674510/22633510/-/unoc8mz/-/index.html
HELP DETERMINE OPS PRIORITIES
What two improvements do you think the school should tackle first? Cast your vote here:
NUTRITION EDUCATION WORKS
Here is a great info-graphic that shows howSNAP-Ed, the nutrition education program, helps SNAP and low-income families find, buy and prepare healthier foods on their limited budgets.
TIME TO GET THAT FLU SHOT
Looking for healthy events in the metro? Check out our calendar! http://livewellomaha.org/calendar/
Hosting an event and you’d like us to list it and help spread the work? Submit it here > http://livewellomaha.org/event-submission/
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/
by Live Well Omaha
If everything goes right, a child’s costume will be the scariest part of their Halloween. Adults can help by making sure there is a balance of fun and safety, and with a little imagination, you can even promote good health.
“The excitement that comes with an evening of costumes and candy can make children forget what they need to do to stay safe,” said Douglas County Health Director, Dr. Adi Pour. “This also is a chance to replace sugary treats with healthy options like fresh fruit.”
The first thing to think of when choosing a costume is to consider how visible your child will be to passing drivers as darkness falls. Plan for an outfit that is bright, or make darker colors more noticeable with the simple addition of reflective tape. And, don’t overlook size says Lisa Reichter, trauma nurse coordinator at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center.
“It’s important that a costume fits properly. Have the child try it on before buying, and make appropriate alterations or adjustments to borrowed costumes and hand-me-downs. Wearing the right size is important in preventing trips and falls or accidental contact with a lighted jack-o-lantern,” she says
Shoes that fit are also important, adds Reichter, along with flame resistant fabrics, wigs and accessories.
Never let children trick or treat alone, and before Halloween night, talk to them about safety:
- Cross streets at corners and use crosswalks when available.
- Look twice and look again before crossing.
- Walk, never run, and use sidewalks and paths. Do not walk in the street.
- Only visit well-lit houses and never enter the home of a stranger.
- Avoid candles or luminaries and wear flame-resistant costumes.
- Carry a flashlight or a glow stick to increase visibility.
Halloween provides an opportunity for healthy activities. Walking around the neighborhood provides good exercise for children and parents alike. If you will be sharing treats with young ghosts and goblins, consider apples, bananas, raisins, trail mix or pretzels. Non-food treats, including small toys, pencils or other school supplies are another popular option.
It’s also good for families to wrap up the night with a thorough check of treats. Remove candy, foods or toys with small pieces that are not age appropriate and could be a choking hazard for young children. Additionally, parents should closely examine all items and throw away anything that is unwrapped, spoiled or appears suspicious.
by Live Well Omaha
OMAHA HEALTH SUMMIT A SUCCESS
Thanks to all of you who joined us for the sixth annual Omaha Health Summit last week. The unveiling of the first-ever Community Health Improvement Plan generated much positive media coverage. Check it out at the following links:
THANKS TO ALEGENT CREIGHTON HEALTH
Please take a moment to help us thank Alegent Creighton Health for sponsoring this year’s Omaha Health Summit! Simply drop them a tweet, message or Letter to the Editor to acknowledge their generosity and commitment in supporting our efforts to make Omaha a healthier city.
TWITTER: Thanks, @AlegentHealth for supporting this year’s Omaha Health Summit! #OmahaHealthSummit
MESSAGE: Send a short note on their website form: https://www.alegentcreighton.com/ContactUs
LTE: Send a paragraph or two to the Omaha World-Herald at firstname.lastname@example.org
MAYOR STOTHERT PROCLAIMS OCT. 20-26 FAMILY DINING WEEK
“Family Dining” means cooking and eating at home together as a family. Studies show that kids who eat at home with their families are more likely to try new foods and eat more nutritious foods, such as whole grains, low-fat dairy, vegetables, fruit and lean meat. Family dining also benefits for family communication and supports healthy teen development.
See more at: http://livewellomahakids.org/mayor-stothert-proclaims-oct-20-26-as-family-dining-week/
SIX CYCLISTS CERTIFIED AS LCI INSTRUCTORS
League Cycling Instructors are certified to teach “Smart Cycling” to children and adults.
Read more at http://livewellomaha.org/six-bike-enthusiasts-graduate-to-become-league-cycling-instructors-lci/
PUBLIC SHAPING DISTRICT’S PATH AT OPS FORUMS
Omaha Public Schools will host two remaining public forums to gather input for the district’s strategic plan.
–Wednesday, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., South High School, 4519 S. 24th St.
–Thursday, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Burke High School, 12200 Burke Blvd.
HIGH USAGE OF FLAVORED CIGARS AND CIGARETTES BY YOUTH
More than two out of every five middle and high school students who smoke report using either flavored little cigars or flavored cigarettes, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The study also shows that among youth cigar smokers, almost 60 percent of those who smoke flavored little cigars are not thinking about quitting tobacco use, compared with just over 49 percent among all other cigar smokers.
Read the CDC release on our website at http://livewellomaha.org/more-than-40-percent-of-middle-and-high-schoolers-who-smoke-use-flavored-little-cigars-or-flavored-cigarettes/
by Live Well Omaha
The Omaha metro has five new LCIs and Lincoln gained one. Participants from left to right: Nicole Kaye-Skinner, Andrew Kaye-Skinner, Lisa Dworak, Rich Conroy (instructor), David Pesnichak, Charles Mitchell, Samantha Senda-Cook
League Cycling Instructors (LCIs) are certified to teach the “Smart Cycling” classes to both children and adults. The goal is to help people feel more secure about getting on a bike, to create a mindset that bikes are treated as a vehicle, and to ensure that people on bikes know how to ride safely and legally. LCIs are members of the League of American Bicyclists and have completed an intense 21 hour, 3-day seminar training.
This class was made possible by a grant from the Nebraska Department of Roads and the Federal Highway Administration.
by Live Well Omaha
OMAHA HEALTH SUMMIT TOMORROW
We hope to see you at the Omaha Health Summit on Thursday at the Omaha Hilton. If you are unable to attend, please watch the media for reports on the new Community Health Improvement Plan which will be unveiled at the summit.
To review the Omaha Health Summit agenda click here: http://omahahealthsummit.com/agenda/
TWEET OF THE WEEK:
Don’t miss the @livewellomaha Omaha Health Summit Thursday. BIG news released at the conference! #omahahealthsummit.
LWO COMMUTER CHALLENGE SETS RECORD
Omaha bike riders were on a roll this summer. They logged more than 500,000 miles worth of commutes￼. That’s the equivalent of 10 trips around the earth and the most miles tallied since the dawn of Live Well Omaha’s Bicycle Commuter Challenge
Check our the great media coverage we received — http://www.wowt.com/home/headlines/Bike-Challenge-Racks-Up-The-Miles-227308611.html
YMCA OFFERS NEW DIABETES PREVENTION PROGRAM
The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program helps those at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles by eating healthier, increasing physical activity and losing a modest amount of weight in order to reduce their chances of developing the disease. In the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program a trained lifestyle coach will introduce topics in a small classroom setting and encourage participants as they explore how healthy eating, physical activity and behavior changes can benefit their health.
More informations is available at http://metroymca.org/diabetes-prevention-program/
LINCOLN MAYOR MAKES “COMPLETE STREETS” OFFICIAL POLICY — WILL OMAHA FOLLOW?
In the only state where the state transportation department is still called the Department of Roads, the capital city is now a “Complete Streets” town.
Mayor Chris Beutler signed an executive order last month establishing “Complete Streets” as official city policy.
Read the complete story at http://journalstar.com/news/local/mayor-makes-complete-streets-official-policy/article_f93dad0b-9d9c-5766-ae89-08674be5f04c.html
OMAHA MENTIONED IN MOMENTUM MAGAZINE
In a story on The Rise of the North American Bike Lane, the reference to Omaha states, “It is no longer just reserved for the Portlands and the Boulders of the world. Tulsa, and Omaha, and Tucson – a lot of these cities that would not come to mind as places that are really progressive are talking about these things.“
See more at http://momentummag.com/features/the-rise-of-the-north-american-protected-bike-lane/page-2.html#sthash.WgVBMYFn.dpuf
OMAHA BY DESIGN HAS VISION FOR BENSON
Envisioning an even better Benson with not stoplights on Maple Street and improved walking areas. It could happen. Read about the vision at http://www.omaha.com/article/20131015/NEWS/131019264/1685#hansen-envisioning-an-even-better-benson-no-stoplights-improved-walking-areas
WESTSIDE OFFERS WELLNESS PROGRAM TO STUDENTS
this year, the Westside Community Schools decided to extend the online wellness program the district has long offered to teachers and staff to eighth-graders in the hopes that it will catch on with them, too.
Nearly all of Westside Middle School’s eighth-graders have signed up for at least one of the four monthlong programs the district is offering as a pilot effort. About two-thirds of the district’s employees participate in the adult program.
That program, by all accounts, is a good one. Westside last year became the first school district in the country — and one of 37 workplaces nationwide — to win the Wellness Council of America’s highest workplace wellness award.
Also, seven Millard schools were recently recognized nationally for making changes to promote healthier lifestyles for students and staff.
Read the complete story at: http://www.omaha.com/article/20131014/LIVEWELL01/131019401#westside-district-extends-wellness-program-to-students-for-first-time
WILL YOUR CEO SIGN THE PLEDGE?
The CEO Pledge is a national campaign promoted by the National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity (NCPPA) to encourage every CEO in the United States to recognize physical activity as an important driver of employee health and business performance.
The CEO Pledge is an evidence-based strategy for promoting a culture of physical activity within an organization. Studies of employee wellness programs consistently find that executive leadership is critical to employee engagement. If employees believe that creating a culture of physical activity is an executive priority, employees are more likely to be physically active.
Find out more at http://drupal.ncppa.org/ceo-pledge
by Live Well Omaha
Story in the Omaha Star about Thursday’s “Omaha Health Summit”