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Planning Healthy Iowa Communities

Planning Healthy Iowa Communities, led by the Active Living Coalition and the Food Systems Council will address inactivity and unhealthy diets, especially among low-income Linn County residents. Two objectives will include encouraging physical activity to combat sedentary lifestyles and incorporating food with high nutritional content at food pantries. To achieve this, the coalition will focus on multiple strategies, including:

  • The development of an Active Living Design Policy
  • The development of Active Transportation Design Standards
  • The development of Biophilic Design Standards
  • Refining Active Living Design Standards into a toolkit for implementation
  • Identify gaps in the food pantry system in Linn County
  • Educate city officials about how policies impact the food pantry system

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Learn more about our impact:

Success Story: April 2016                              Success Story: September 2015                       Planning & Policy Brief                                    Step Into Nature with Marion

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Promoting Healthy Choices: Nutrition Manual For HACAP Food Reservoir Partners

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Coalition Members:

Blue Zones Project® Cedar Rapids
Blue Zones Project® Marion
City of Cedar Rapids
City of Marion
Corridor Metropolitan Planning Organization
Hawkeye Area Community Action Program, Inc. (HACAP)
Iowa Public Health Association
Iowa Chapter of the American Planning Association
Linn County Food Systems Council
Linn County Planning & Development
Linn County Public Health

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