SDSU Extension will present a statewide video conference on May 23, 2017 to train communities with populations of 3,500 or less how to implement safe, bi-monthly, theme based, 2-mile community walks. This training will include six South Dakota communities; two individuals from each community willing to serve as organizational walk coaches are asked to participate. The conference will be presented via Dakota Digital Network (DDN).
The training will cover topics such as: how to partner with local wellness coalitions, schools, and city government; how to market/promote the walk campaign in your community; forms necessary for organizing/managing community walks; how to keep walking participants motivated and engaged; goal setting and planning; using a walking toolkit; improving community infrastructure; and grant writing strategies for increasing walking in communities. The six communities that participate in the video conference will receive training materials, ongoing support for 18 months, and will participate in significant data collection.
DDN Viewing Locations
- Aberdeen SDSU Extension Regional Center
- Lemmon SDSU Extension Regional Center
- Mitchell SDSU Extension Regional Center
- Pierre SDSU Extension Regional Center
- Sioux Falls SDSU Extension Regional Center
- Watertown SDSU Extension Regional Center
- Rapid City West River Ag Center
- Winner SDSU Extension Regional Center
The cost to register is $75, which covers both individuals from each community. The deadline to register is May 12, 2017. For more information regarding this training, please contact Ann Schwader, SDSU Extension Nutrition Field Specialist or Lauren Pierce, SDSU Extension Health Education Field Specialist.