Though Marion and Polk counties seemed by come out OK in the state rankings, in absolute terms, the relevant indices were in the red.
The proportion of obese residents was too high and the proportion of residents engaging in regular physical activity was too low - both in the red.
In one of the graphics in a plan to address these indices, the CHIP, was a stylized map and there were lots of people on bikes in it!
In fact, there was even a button that said, "I support new bike routes."
Curiously, in the actual policies the followed, there was no talk of bicycling or of the new Salem bike plan:
Objective 1: Provide information and educationWhat's missing? How about a commitment to support Active Transportation!
Objective 2: Promote behavior change through “challenges” and other activities
- Provide information about the benefits of regular exercise (goal 1 hr/day) and resources for adults to exercise at low-cost – Health Department
- Provide My Plate educational sessions to adults and children in Marion County – OSU Extension
- Provide healthy weight, nutrition & activity information at clinic visits – MCHD Women’s Health
- Hold a community science fair April 2012 & develop outreach materials – Willamette University
- Assess client interest in & plan presentations by OSU Extension on healthy SNAP eating - ARCHES
- Adopt “My Plate” for community education programs – Marion-Polk Foodshare and Salem Health
- Sponsor National Nutrition Month forum with focus on I Love Me and specifically 5-2-1-0 wellness program as a tool for Adult Obesity Prevention or Intervention - Salem Health
- Promote I ♥ Me program to increase number of participating employers – Salem Health
- Targeted classes to promote healthy behavioral change by county employees – Marion County
- Incorporate health & wellness activities into employee workday – Lancaster Family Clinic
- Hold “Tomando Control” client chronic disease management classes – Lancaster Family Clinic and Salem Health
- Hold 5-2-1-0 wellness program presentation for staff and promote staff participation – ARCHES
- Promote policies that increase access to healthy food options – Health Department
- Provide I Love Me/5-2-1-0 wellness program, Train the Trainer Sessions for organizations interested in running a program at their site - Salem Health
The built environment shapes our daily transportation choices at a pretty basic level, and altering the built environment to make it easy to choose active transportation like biking and walking is perhaps the easiest way to incorporate a baseline level of physical activity into one's daily life. Moving becomes quotidian!
So how about it? Salem Health, County Public Health, area MDs and medical providers, how about embracing policies and goals to reduce driving and increase walking and biking!