Small Steps Big Impact, West Union on the Move.

This presentation is part of the Walking School Bus session.

Gundersen Palmer Community Health is a nonprofit hospital-based public health department serving the residents of Fayette County, Iowa. Our 2015 CHNA-HIP survey showed 40% obesity in Fayette County adults and adult residents’ #1 health concern was obesity. We looked at one of our most successful programs, Walking School Bus which has been sustained by adult volunteers walking children to school twice a week. We then partnered with local city government for policy and infrastructure changes, and regional stakeholders to uphold the Iowa Healthiest State Initiative. GPCH, the City of West Union, various business and community stakeholders are launching the West Union Walkability Initiative Spring 2017, featuring daily Walking School Buses, Whistle Walks, five new Little Libraries, and community Walking Map. This collaborative partnership initiative has and will impact lives for generations to come.

Presenter: Jessica Wegner, RN, Gundersen Palmer Community Health