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Community input needed for study

It's time to get out and share how you like to get out and be healthy.

Detroit Lakes has been chosen as a pilot city for the Statewide Health Improvement Project (SHIP), designed to lead Minnesotans into a healthier lifestyle.

Active living is the theme, and residents are being asked to share what makes them active at an April 27 meeting.

"The meeting will help explore opportunities to make Detroit Lakes a more active and healthy place to live through community design," organizer Karen Nitzkorski said.

The community input meeting takes place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Historic Holmes Theatre Ballroom inside the Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center.

The gathering isn't limited to Detroit Lakes residents though. It's for anyone who works, plays or lives in the community.

Organizers have a survey they want people to fill out that includes information on how often people bike, walk, etc., and what keeps them from doing it more often.

The goal is to prevent poor nutrition and physical inactivity. Through the $1.4 million SHIP program, the state hopes to create "systematic changes in schools, worksites, communities and health care organizations that make it easier for Minnesotans to incorporate healthy behaviors into their daily lives," a press release from SHIP says.

A light supper and prizes will also be provided at the meeting, courtesy of SHIP.

For more information, contact Kim Bettcher at the DLCCC at 844-4221, ext. 108.