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posted on November 02, 2011 07:18

Date:  Nov. 1, 2011                                                           
Contact:  Emily Simnitt
Public Information Officer
(208) 334-0693

Workshop offers tips in creating healthy, walkable communities 

People interested in working to implement policy and environmental changes to support active living in their communities are invited to a free workshop in Boise on Thursday, Nov. 10 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Boise State University in the Jordan Ballroom.

The Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL) Idaho Network is bringing Mark Fenton, a nationally recognized Walkable Communities expert to run the “Building Healthy Communities” workshop. It will include suggestions for creating livable, walkable communities; fostering community health; building interdisciplinary partnerships; and initiating lasting changes in health through policy, systems and environmental change.

The workshop is free to those who register online at and includes lunch. A walking audit is part of the day’s activities, so participants are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes and warm clothes. The Idaho Physical Activity and Nutrition Program in the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Bureau of Community and Environmental Health and the BSU College of Health Sciences, Community and Environmental Health Department are also sponsors of the workshop.

A former host of the “America’s Walking” series on PBS, Mark Fenton is an adjunct professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. A recognized authority on public health, transportation and planning issues, he advocates for policies and changes to the built environment that help to create places where more people walk, bicycle, and take transit more of the time. For more information, visit

The event is designed for health advocates, city and county boards, planning commissions, bike and pedestrian committees, public health department representatives, health care professionals, students and educators, engineers and planners, nonprofit organizations and anyone working to implement policy and environmental changes that support active living.

A complementary workshop will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 9, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Springhill Suites by Marriott on Parkcenter Blvd. This Train the Trainer workshop will use the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) CHANGE Tool to educate participants on the importance of assessing your community and taking action to make improvements to create healthier communities by implementing policy, systems and environmental change strategies. This training is also free and online registration is required at