Health starts long before illness -- in our homes, neighborhoods, schools, and jobs.¬†¬†With¬†chronic diseases like obesity, diabetes and asthma threating¬†our physical and financial well-being, the Douglas County Health Department is focused on ensuring the places that touch are daily lives¬†are ones where "the¬†healthy choice is¬†the easy choice."
We are working to achieve this in several ways:
1.¬† We are partnering with Live Well Omaha and¬†many other organizations¬†to increase the opportunities Douglas County residents¬†have¬†for¬†eating healthy foods and being active.¬† To learn more about this¬†effort, please click here.
2.¬† We are¬†providing decision-makers with the¬†information they need to better understand¬†how different options¬†are¬†likely to¬†effect health.¬† To learn more about how we are doing this using Health Impact Assessments, please click here.
3. ¬†We are working on initiatives that make it easier for people to building walking into their daily routine. ¬†Working with the Downtown Improvement District, the Omaha Public Library, the City of Omaha, and Wellness Council of the Midlands, we've created a resource called the Walking Concierge that helps people who work downtown know about nearby places they can walk to for getting their errands done. ¬†The Walking Concierge is being launched in April to correspond with the America Heart Association's National Walking Day and Blue Cross Blue Shield's Walk@Lunch Day. ¬†¬†
For more information on this topic, please visit the¬†following:
- CDC's Healthy Community Design Initiative -- http://www.cdc.gov/healthyplaces
- Nebraska Physical Activity and Nutrition State Plan -- http://dhhs.ne.gov/publichealth/Pages/hew_hpe_nafh_stateplan.aspx