C-UPHD supports efforts to increase active transportation in Champaign County. Active transportation incorporates physical activity into daily travel. Because most Americans do not get enough physical activity (adults need at least 20 minutes a day), active transportation provides a convenient way to fit exercise into a daily routine. When you bike or walk for transit, every trip is an opportunity for physical activity.1
The built environment influences people's transportation choices.3 If safe, visible, convenient bike paths are available, more people will ride their bikes. If sidewalks and safe crosswalks are located along the routes people travel, more people will walk. Complete streets are an effort to shift transit planning away from the automobile-focused model, and instead consider active forms of transit as well.
Complete streets can be safely crossed and traveled upon and alongside by all users of the roadway, regardless of their age, ability, or travel mode. A complete streets policy is a commitment by a jurisdiction to accommodate all of these road users in all of their future roadway projects whenever possible.3
We are fortunate in Champaign County to have talented urban planning staff in our government entities. These planners have developed many resources and plans for a more pedestrian- and bike-friendly Champaign County.
For more information on active transportation and complete streets, including complete streets plans in Champaign County, see our resource page.
The Illinois Basset Certification courses are designed to be taken online for individuals who require certification to sell or serve alcohol. Go to this website to register.
About 71 million Americans have high cholesterol, but only one out of every three adults with high cholesterol has the condition under control. There are no signs or symptoms of high cholesterol. Getting your cholesterol checked with a simple blood test is the only way you can know if you are at risk for high cholesterol or already have high cholesterol.
Learn more about cholesterol from an interactive web tutorial from the National Library of Medicine, titled "Managing Cholesterol." Go to this page to take the tutorial.
For more information about cholesterol, go to this CDC High Cholesterol website.
Sixty million Americans are unaware that they have diabetes or are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Obesity is a risk factor for diabetes. Visit our diabetes information page for more information about this disease.
Go to this site for Heart & Vascular Disease information from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, including information on cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity and physical activity, and healthy eating.
The American Heart Association website also has comprehensive information about heart health.
Obesity is a public health epidemic in the US. More than one-third (34.9% or 78.6 million) of our nation's adults are obese.1 Obesity-related conditions include some of the leading causes of preventable death. Research has shown that as weight increases to the levels referred to as "overweight" and "obese", the risks for the following conditions also increases:
Worksite wellness programs encourage employees to be physically active, eat healthy foods and live tobacco free. Worksite Wellness programs are important because of the many hours adults spend at the workplace each day and the healthcare costs that can be saved by implementing simple changes to support healthy lifestyles. Visit our Worksite Wellness Page to learn more.
We Choose Health was a community transformation grant funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and overseen by the Illinois Department of Public Health. Its purpose was to make communities healthier and reduce chronic disease. Worksite Wellness and active transportation were some of the statewide strategies to achieve this goal.
Watch a video here of the Champaign County We Choose Health Kick-Off in 2013
For more information, go to the Illinois Department of Public Health We Choose Health site.