Location: Greater Lawrence, Indiana, population 106,349
The Problem: It is reported that a large number of children ages five and up experience poor dietary intake and low levels of physical activity.
Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge Approach: The Greater Lawrence Healthy Families Healthy Children Initiative is a campaign to create healthy environments where children and their families have the opportunity to make healthy choices and help children achieve and maintain a healthy weight. This initiative will target Greater Lawrence, a socio-economic, racial, and ethnic diverse community outside of Indianapolis, and will create a community space where healthy choices become the easy choices.
March 2017 — We are actively recruiting small to medium sized businesses in Greater Lawrence/Far East Indianapolis to participate in our employer wellness coaching program and other workplace initiatives. All employers — regardless of geographic location — can also work alongside us at their own pace to launch or expand their workplace wellness programs. We’ve just launched a series of workplace wellness guides and website pages to support these efforts.
Child Care Provider Training
February 2017 — Twelve child care providers began participating in the established Taking Steps to Healthy Success training program to promote healthy habits. Several of these are licensed in-home child care providers, and some are primarily Spanish-speaking households, so we’ve expanded the number of family oriented Spanish resources in our Resource Hub as one way to support them.
January 2017 — Schools, child care providers, and others are already working to promote healthy habits and create healthy environments in Greater Lawrence/Far East Indianapolis. Learn more about the neighborhood and the project’s early accomplishments in 2016.