[R76] Rep. McNamara: Getting INShape in our backyard (4/10/2012)

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Start Date: 4/10/2012 All Day
End Date: 4/10/2012
Getting INShape in our backyard

Southwest Indiana is filled with great parks, trails and outdoor recreational facilities. These are vital to have in a community and help residents keep active and stay healthy.

The State of Indiana knows the importance of staying healthy. A few years ago, INShape Indiana was launched, a program designed to provide the groundwork for a personal or organizational fitness initiative. The program works to educate, motivate and connect Hoosiers to valuable resources that help them eat better and become more active.
The INShape Indiana website, www.inshapeindiana.org, is a great resource for those looking to get healthy or even those just looking for some new recipes. For additional information on INShape Indiana contact the Governor’s Council for Physical Fitness and Sports by calling 800-433-0746 or by email at help@inshape.in.gov.

This type of health initiative is especially important for our state, because in a recent study, Indiana was named the 15th most obese state in the country. Posey County is faring better than the majority of the state, ranked 14th out of the 92 counties for overall health by the Indiana State Department of Health. While the health of Posey County is relatively healthy, we can always do more to improve our health. We are lucky that our community is filled trails and parks for residents to exercise.

The Pigeon Creek Greenway Passage is a great place. This multi-use trail follows along parts of the Ohio River and Pigeon Creek. The trail features scenic resting areas and interesting sculptures, with access to parks, neighborhoods and city attractions.

There is also the Burdette Park-USI, Bicycle and Nature Trail. In 2008, this trail was created to link Burdette Park in Evansville with the University of Southern Indiana. This extension has been wonderful and now people have access to many more miles of trails.

We also have Harmonie State Park, which is located on the bank of the Wabash. This park has an abundance of walking, biking and nature trails as well as shady picnic areas, ravines and beautiful landscapes. This is truly a treasure of Posey County.

I encourage everyone to take advantage of the wonderful trails we have in our community. Spring is here and now is a great time to get outside and enjoy the weather and get fit at the same time. By making small changes in our diet and adding in exercise to our lives, we will all be healthier and make our state a healthier place to live.