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's five strategic areas
IPAN coordinates a physical activity project that focuses on land use and transportation as it relates to health in Idaho communities. Health district coordinators across the state work with selected communities to find opportunities for improvement in their built environments, creating spaces in parks that are accessible to all ages. 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, as well as the Be Active Kids program. IPAN is also partnering with the University of Idaho to expand programming with local farmers and childcare centers to introduce children to fruits and veggies grown locally. Through this work, Idaho's parents can be assured that their children are learning and growing in health-promoting child care environments.
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. Find a local farmer's market near you.
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.