What is IPAN?
The Idaho Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN) program is funded through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Idaho state general funds to effect changes that have a positive impact on the health of Idahoans. Through a diverse array of partnerships, IPAN focuses on strategies and practices that make healthy eating and active living the easy choice in all Idaho communities.
IPAN is working in the following strategic areas:
- Child Care
- Farmers Markets
IPAN coordinates a physical activity access project that focuses on land use and transportation as it relates to health in Idaho communities. Working with a planning expert, selected communities are being assessed to find opportunities for improvement in their built environments, such as sidewalks, bike lanes, paths, trails, and enhancing access to open space and parks. The results of this work will ensure that community members have safe, accessible, and healthy options to be active every day.
IPAN and partners are working with child care providers to incorporate strategies that keep kids moving and eating healthy in child care facilities. IPAN recommendations follow national best-practices for nutrition, activity, and screen time for infants, toddlers, and young children as outlined by the Let's Move! Child Care program.
IPAN advises workplaces on physical activity and nutrition policies and practices that boost employee health and morale and advise workplaces on lactation support for breastfeeding mothers.
- IPAN supports efforts to improve federal and state benefit EBT capabilities at farmers markets to increase access to local fresh fruits and vegetables through partnership with the Idaho Farmers Market Association.
IPAN collaborates with the State Department of Education to improve the comprehensive nutrition environment in schools, as well as physical education and physical activity practices and policies.
IPAN supports the Healthy Eating, Activity Living (HEAL) Idaho Network of partners. Find out more about HEAL Idaho and how you can be involved!
For more information about IPAN, contact:
Angie Gribble, MHS, IPAN Manager, at (208) 334-5788 GribbleA@dhw.idaho.gov
Katie Lamansky, CHES, IPAN Program Specialist, at (208) 334-4951 LamanskK@dhw.idaho.gov