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
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
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.