Hospital presents workshop

GREENFIELD — Hancock Regional Hospital will team up with Health By Design and the Indiana State Department of Health to present a workshop designed to help Hancock County become a healthier and more active community.

A daylong workshop, planned for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 20, will be at the Sue Ann Wortman Cancer Center at Hancock Regional Hospital, 801 N. State Street. The event will bring together government staff and civic leaders to learn about the benefits of designing for active living and strategies for success, according to a news release.

“The purpose of the workshop is to help residents of Greenfield see that strong communities are built for all ages and abilities, and to begin planning and designing an environment that will make it easier for residents to be active in their daily lives,” said Kim Irwin, executive director of Health by Design, a coalition that works to ensure that Indiana communities have neighborhoods, public spaces and transportation infrastructure that promote physical activity and healthy living.

People who can easily walk to a store or bike to work are more likely to do so on a regular basis, Irwin said, adding that part of the focus of the workshop is to get city planners to consider the ease by which someone in a wheelchair or with a stroller can move from one destination to another.

If you go

Active Living Workshop

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 20, Sue Ann Wortman Cancer Center, Hancock Regional Hospital, 801 N. State Street, Greenfield

Speakers:

Kim Irwin, executive director of Health by Design

Lindsey Bouza, wellness and physical activity coordinator, Indiana State Department of Health

Pete Fritz, healthy communities planner, Indiana State Department of Health

Mandla Moyo, community outreach director, AARP Indiana

Ambre Marr, state legislative director, AARP Indiana