Land and Water Trail Development Project in Monona County
The Monona County Conservation Board and the Monona County Board of Health have partnered with Iowa State University’s College of Landscape Architecture to assess opportunities for Land and Water Trail Development in Monona County.
Iowa State University students, directed by ISU professor, Julia Badenhope, PhD and other ISU faculty are scheduling focus groups with local community groups for the purpose of assessing planning strategies and priorities. To date, focus groups have included Burgess Health Center Physical Therapy, Weight Watchers, county high school athletes and coaches, a county walking group, Franklin Go-Getters 4-H Club, and the county cycling club.
Iowa State University will present their assessment and proposed strategies for improving public health based on the findings and input gathered from county residents in January 2014. The presentation will display graphic boards, planning and design analysis and physical design concepts and development strategies, as well as reports that explain the problems and proposed solutions for land and water trail development.
Why is this project important?
Whether it’s biking to work or taking the stairs, walking the dog or parking farther away from the store, being physically active offers countless benefits. Research shows that regular exercise makes people leaner, stronger, smarter, and healthier. So why aren’t more people making physical activity a daily habit? A number of reasons keep many people off their feet, but the so-called “built environment”— our man-made world, with its local communities and neighborhoods, streets and buildings, parks and paths—plays a major role.
“Keeping active can help people stay at a healthy weight or lose weight”, says Dr. Tracy Kahl, Family Medicine Clinic. “ It can also lower the risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, and certain cancers, as well as reduce stress and boost mood. Inactive (sedentary) lifestyles do just the opposite.”
For more information, or if you wish to participate in this project, please contact Laura Oliver, Monona County Public Health at (712) 433-1773.