Campus Walkability

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), evidence suggests that most Americans need to get more physical activity. Two-thirds of people in the United States weigh more than they should and nearly three-quarters don't get the recommended 30 minutes of physical activity on most days. Because many adults spend 20, 30, or 40 hours or more a week at work, adding physical activity to employee's workdays may be one way to help working Americans become healthier.

Walkability is the idea of quantifying the safety and desirability of the walking routes. 

There is scientific evidence that providing access to places for physical activity increases the level of physical activity in a community. The Task Force on Community Preventive Services strongly recommends creating or enhancing access to places for physical activity, in conjunction with a well-run communication and marketing campaign. A typical study of an intervention to create or enhance access to places for physical activity reports a 25% increase in physical activity levels.

Source: CDC - https://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/worksite-pa/toolkits/walkability/index.htm

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Panhandle Worksite Wellness Council is proud to provide mini-grants for a variety of policies, systems, and/or environmental supports to expand worksite campus walkability, signage, and promotion. The following are examples of the most recent projects area businesses have developed in partnership with the council:

Employer Size: 200 Employees

Location: Chadron
Clinic location also in Crawford

Chadron Community Hospital and Health Services provides quality health care to the Panhandle of Nebraska and surrounding communities. This Critical Access Hospital provides medical and surgical care, obstetrics and newborn care, emergency care, and rehabilitation services. Also available are a wide range of visiting specialists, who come to Chadron to see their patients, bringing specialist care closer to home.


Chadron Community Hospital and Health Services'
Wellness Committee identified both indoor and outdoor walking routes that could be available for both employees and patrons. The walking routes are ideal for break or lunch time walks roughly 10-15 minutes in length and include stairs for those interested and able to include in their route. The council assist with development of the promotional materials, mapping of identified walking routes complete with estimated time and distance, and helping communicate the message to employees. Below are examples of a public route identified for indoor walking and the other example is specific for employees to walk on break or lunch hour. 




Employer Size: 380 Employees

Main Location: Scottsbluff
Locations all across the Panhandle region and eastern Wyoming

Panhandle Coop is a diversified company providing products and services in petroleum, crop production and retail. Their retail stores consist of convenience stores, dispensing stations, car and truck service, ag chemicals and fertilizer plants, crop consulting and grocery stores.

The council worked with Panhandle Coop to map their grocery store at their Main Street Market Scottsbluff location. See full news release.





Employer Size: 10 Employees

Location: Main Office - Gering
Office location also in Alliance, Chadron, & Sidney

The DOVES Program provides services for victims of Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking. They serve women, men, teens, and children. 

The DOVES Program Wellness Committee discussed regular walking routes with employees that were ideal for break or lunch time walks roughly 10-15 minutes in length. The council assisted with development of the promotional materials, mapping of identified walking routes complete with estimated time and distance, and helping communicate the message to employees. Below is an example of one of their posters printed for their Gering office.


Employer Size: 400 Employees

Location: Main Campus - Scottsbluff
Campuses also in Alliance & Sidney

Western Nebraska Community College (WNCC) is a student centered, open access institution primarily devoted to quality instruction and public service, providing counseling and other student services intended to promote the success of a diverse student population, particularly those who have been traditionally under served in other educational settings.

The WNCC Wellness Committee, Cougar Strides, identified short paths on the outdoor WNCC campus and also in their indoor Cougar Palace.  See examples below:





We are thrilled to also be working with Regional West Health Services and Chadron State College on their campus walkability initiatives. Upon project completion, we will include project examples!

To discuss campus walkability, contact Jessica Davies TODAY!



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