The Idaho Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN) program works in multiple settings to implement changes that have a positive impact on the health of Idahoans. Through a diverse array of partnerships, IPAN focuses on strategies and practices that make healthy eating and active living the easy, default choice in Idaho communities.
IPAN works in the following five strategic areas:
IPAN coordinates a physical activity access project that focuses on land use and transportation as it relates to health in Idaho communities. Working with a planning expert, selected communities are being assessed to find opportunities for improvement in their built environments, such as sidewalks, bike lanes, paths, trails, and enhancing access to recreation, open space and parks. The results of this work will ensure that community members have safe, accessible, and healthy options to be active every day.
IPAN and partners are working with child care providers to incorporate strategies that keep kids moving and eating healthy in child care facilities. IPAN recommendations follow national best-practices for nutrition, activity, and screen time for infants, toddlers, and young children as outlined by the Let's Move! Child Care program. Through this work, Idaho's parents can be assured that their children are learning and growing in health-promoting child care environments.
IPAN advises workplaces on physical activity and nutrition policies and practices that boost employee health and morale and reduce chronic disease. This initiative also includes advising workplaces on lactation support for breastfeeding mothers.
IPAN supports efforts to improve federal and state benefit Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) capabilities at farmers markets to increase access to local fresh fruits and vegetables through partnership with the Idaho Farmers Market Association.
IPAN collaborates with the State Department of Education to improve the comprehensive nutrition environment in schools, as well as physical education and physical activity practices and policies.
IPAN also supports the Healthy Eating, Activity Living (HEAL) Idaho Network of partners. Find out more about HEAL Idaho and how you can be involved!
For More information about IPAN, contact:
Ivie Smart, MHS, IPAN Manager, at (208) 334-5788, Ivie.Smart@dhw.idaho.gov
Katie Lamansky, CHES, IPAN Program Specialist, at (208) 334-4951, Katie.Lamansky@dhw.idaho.gov
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