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State speaker to discuss complete streets efforts 

ASHLAND, Ky. – Everyone needs to be able to travel safely on the streets in their communities. However, many roads are built with only drivers of cars or trucks in mind, making streets difficult and often dangerous for bicyclists, pedestrians and public transportation users.

Healthy communities have streets that accommodate individuals on foot and bike and benefit the entire community, says Andrea Plummer, a health policy analyst with Kentucky Youth Advocates. Plummer will talk about the complete streets movement, childhood obesity, health, and the community at a special program sponsored by the Boyd-Greenup Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities Coalition at 11 a.m. Friday, June 15.

 “Building a health community is a major goal of the Coalition,” said Laura Patrick of the Kentucky Heart Foundation, which is co-sponsoring the event. The program has also received support from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

“If we really want to do something about the health of our children, the community and the obesity epidemic, we need to make it possible for people to incorporate exercise into their daily lives,” Patrick said.  Creating streets with sidewalks and bike paths help facilitate this change.

The program will take place at the Greenup County Cooperative Extension office, 35 Wurtland Ave., Wurtland.

The free presentation is open to all interested persons. RSVPs are requested and may be made by calling Patrick at (606) 324-1544 or by email to laura.patrick@khf.kdhs.us no later than 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 13. 

 

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