Healthy & Productive People

Goal 2: Support active living
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Source: Health Department     HP Goal2     11/5/2010
About this measure:
This measure indicates the rate of self reported moderate physical activity among residents in Lincoln/Lancaster County 18 years of age and older voluntarily participating in the annual Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey (BRFSS).
Why this is important:
An active lifestyle is central to good health. Regular physical activity can play a key role in achieving a healthy body weight, improving mental health related to stress or depression, and maintaining healthy muscles, bones and joints. Incorporating daily movement helps lower the risks associated with chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and some cancers.
What is being done:
Active living is influenced by personal, social, economic, and environmental factors that can either support or inhibit physical activity. It is important that the public is educated about the benefits of regular physical activity and that the environment supports active living.
• Bicycle education, by Certified Bicycle Educators, for both youth and adults to teach safe biking skills; creation of safe bicycling programs to be aired on Channel 10 Health
• Promoting to schools and businesses walking or biking to school, work
• Promotion throughout the community of the 54321GO obesity prevention message that encourages at least one hour of physical activity per day for children and 30 minutes per day for adults
• Working with other City Departments to implement environmental supports to encourage physical activity such as cross walks, pedestrian countdown lights, bike lanes, traffic calming measures



Note: Indicator is in the process of being updated.
Source: Public Works and Utilities Department     HP Goal2     10/31/2012



Source: Aging-Mayors Department     HP Goal2     3/31/2014
About this measure:
Aging Partners (AP) consumer data is collected and compared to 2011 US Census Annual Population Estimates data to determine success at reaching the desired percentage of consumers age 65 and older. To be counted, a consumer must complete a short intake via phone conversation or Aging Partners website inquiry.
Why this is important:
Aging Partners is providing older adults and their families with the tools they need to retain control of their lives as they age. AP serves as the unbiased source of information, helping older adults and families make informed decisions and access agency and community services.
What is being done:
AP staffs a help desk to provide information and referral services Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm for individuals who call or come in for assistance. Additional staff are available on-call as needed. The AP web site provides information on popular and timely resources.



Source: Aging-Mayors Department     HP Goal2     3/31/2014
About this measure:
AP consumer data related to this measure is collected and compared to 2007-2011 American Community Survey data and 2011 US Census Annual Population Estimates data to determine whether or not AP services are successfully reaching consumers who live alone.
Why this is important:
People who live alone are at higher risk of nursing home entry because they may be isolated or lack necessary supports. Studies show that living arrangements are an important factor impacting whether a senior citizen needs nursing home care. Aging Partners services such as transportation and congregate meal service can help consumers remain healthy, active, and safe, delaying the need for nursing home placement.
What is being done:
AP operates eleven senior centers in Lancaster County. Open between one and five days a week, these centers provide nutritious meals, health & education opportunities and socialization. Currently transportation services are coordinated with senior center operations so that individuals who want to attend a senior center have a simple and guaranteed method of getting there.



Source: Health Department     HP Goal2     12/1/2014
About this measure:
This measure indicates the rate of self reported moderate physical activity among residents in Lincoln/Lancaster County 18 years of age and older voluntarily participating in the annual Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey (BRFSS).
Why this is important:
An active lifestyle is central to good health. Regular physical activity can play a key role in achieving a healthy body weight, improving mental health related to stress or depression, and maintaining healthy muscles, bones and joints. Incorporating daily movement helps lower the risks associated with chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and some cancers.
What is being done:
Active living is influenced by personal, social, economic, and environmental factors that can either support or inhibit physical activity. It is important that the public is educated about the benefits of regular physical activity and that the environment supports active living.
• Bicycle education, by Certified Bicycle Educators, for both youth and adults to teach safe biking skills; creation of safe bicycling programs to be aired on Channel 10 Health
• Promoting to schools and businesses walking or biking to school, work
• Promotion throughout the community of the 54321GO obesity prevention message that encourages at least one hour of physical activity per day for children and 30 minutes per day for adults
• Working with other City Departments to implement environmental supports to encourage physical activity such as cross walks, pedestrian countdown lights, bike lanes, traffic calming measures



Source: Aging-Mayors Department     HP Goal2     3/31/2014
About this measure:
Aging Partners (AP) consumer data is collected and compared to 2011 Administration on Agings AGing Integrated Database (AGID), 2011 State Program Reports data. The DETERMINE nutrition risk assessment is the standard assessment used nationally by Older Americans Act providers and is a valid and reliable instrument developed by dietetic professionals at the University of Oregon.
Why this is important:
Vitality and health are all impacted by an older adults diet. A diet that is nutritionally complete provides the essentials for the best possible old age. Many chronic diseases seen in older adults (diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, arthritis) are better managed with nutrition interventions and lifestyle adjustments. AP nutrition counseling provides older adults the support to make these changes. This indicator helps AP measure its success at empowering older adults to stay active and healthy.
What is being done:
Every AP consumer screened to be at high nutrition risk is referred to a registered dietitian who reviews the screening and determines the need for additional services. Consumers are contacted and additional nutrition counseling services are offered. This personal contact by a registered dietitian has increased the likelihood that a consumer chooses to work with a dietitian.



Source: Lincoln Parks & Recreation     HP Goal2     7/12/2013
About this measure:
Residents are asked to rate recreational opportunities during the resident satisfaction survey conducted every two years. Survey respondent data is used to compare trends against the benchmark.
Why this is important:
National studies indicate that easily accessible parks, trails and sidewalks in proximity to residential areas results in increased physical activity reported by community residents.
What is being done:
The Parks and Recreation Department manages 124 parks, 131 miles of trails, 60 sports fields, nine outdoor pools, seven recreation centers, and five public golf courses.



Maintain percentage of residents who report participating in a physical activity at a Parks & Recreation facility, trail or park during the prior year at 90%
About this measure:
Residents will be asked to self report on use of Parks & Recreation facilities during the resident satisfaction survey conducted every two years. Survey respondent data will be used to compare trends against the benchmark from A Study of Public Opinions Regarding Parks and Recreation Services and Facilities in Lincoln, Nebraska, 2000*.
Why this is important:
National studies indicate that easily accessible parks, trails and sidewalks in proximity to residential areas results in increased physical activity reported by community residents.
What is being done:
The Parks and Recreation Department manages 124 parks, 131 miles of trails, 60 sports fields, nine outdoor pools, seven recreation centers, and five public golf courses.



Source: Lincoln Parks & Recreation     HP Goal2     7/11/2013
About this measure:
Data is collected using participant surveys, and a pre- and post-assessment of fitness. A year-to-year benchmark comparison is being used to compare results over time.
Why this is important:
U.S. childhood obesity rates are three times higher than three decades ago, increasing the number of children facing obesity related illnesses like diabetes, and later in life, heart disease and high blood pressure. Youth who engage in physically active games and play are less likely to suffer negative effects of obesity-relate health issues. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children be engaged in physical activities at least 60 minutes each day.
What is being done:
The Parks and Recreation Department purposefully integrates physical fitness activities and healthy eating education into school age programs. The fitness and healthy eating knowledge of program participants is measured regularly to determine progress.