Making it easy, safe, and convenient for people to choose to bike for short trips of 3 miles or less directly addresses the first three items on the list. Unfortunately, the current transportation system, set up for and incentivizing the drive-alone car trip, encourages a host of inactive, isolating, and ultimately unhealthy choices.
- Adults who are obese
- Adults engaging in regular physical activity
- Teens who engage in regular physical activity
- Adults with asthma
- Age-adjusted death rate because of colorectal cancer
- Prenatal care
- Senior pneumonia vaccination rates
- Teen fruit and vegetable consumption
- Teen pregnancy rate
- Teens who use marijuana
In the article, Sharon Heuer, director of community benefit for Salem Hospital, suggested
the Salem-Keizer area might be able to influence cancer-related outcomes through the resources and expertise offered by the Salem Cancer Institute, she said. But smaller communities without cancer-specific clinics or leadership might not choose to target the issue in order to make a bigger impact elsewhere.How about prevention and ordinary actions? Through a business, city, and county commitment to active transportation, some of these adverse health outcomes - and healthcare costs - can be avoided entirely! Biking's a lot cheaper than a hospital stay.
Four meetings will kick off the planning.
Led by the Marion County Health Department, the Community Health Improvement Plan focuses on engaging local residents and allowing them to set health goals and a course of action for their area....[Silverton Hospital], Salem Hospital, Santiam Memorial Hospital and Wellspring Medical Center will address health issues in their respective communities in the coming weeks.The meeting at Salem Hospital is by invitation only, and will be at 7:30am next Wednesday.
Each of the four communities will set its own three to five health priorities and brainstorm ways to intervene.
So, what do you say, let's make Salem a world-class bicycling city! And for the county? Instead of disincentivizing bicycle travel by increased tolls on the ferry, how about encouraging bike travel! Stuff like that...
(Bottom: Smart Cycling Clinic by Jeff Leach)