City of Vincennes Partners with Good Samaritan to Host an Active Living Workshop

The city of Vincennes, in partnership with Good Samaritan, has been selected to host an active living workshop. Health by Design and the Indiana State Department of Health are partnering to present a series of workshops designed to help communities throughout the state become healthier, more active and accessible for all ages and abilities. The Active Living Workshop Grant, valued at $6,500, is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Vincennes was one of five communities in Indiana selected through a competitive application process to host a workshop between July 2016 and June 2017. The workshop will gather leaders from all different areas of the community to learn about active-living communities and to discuss strategies that can be used to help Vincennes become more active. The workshop will also include an assessment of the city’s sidewalks and roads for the purpose of giving community members a better environment.

“The point of these workshops is to see that strong communities are built for all ages and abilities, and to begin planning and designing environments that will allow and encourage residents to be active in their daily lives,” said Kim Irwin, Executive Director of Indiana’s Health by Design Coalition.

The City of Vincennes and Good Samaritan have partnered to host this workshop because both want to explore new ways to better the health of the community. Vincennes Mayor Joe Yochum says, “This is an exciting time as our city and Good Samaritan partner in our effort to build a strong, active, healthy community for all.” Rob McLin, President and CEO of Good Samaritan, adds, “We strive to promote wellness and encourage healthy lifestyles. This grant allows us and the city to create an environment where residents can take part in physical activity and lead more healthy lives.”

The one-day workshop’s date has yet to be announced. After the workshop, the Vincennes community will receive a summary report containing resources and guidance on how best to meet the city’s fitness goals.

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