As reported in the Daily Press:

Coalition promotes healthy lifestyles

MANISTIQUE – The city of Manistique has received a long to-do list from Dan Burden to make the community more walkable. Burden is a nationally recognized authority on bicycle and pedestrian programs who conducted a walkability audit last October. In a recently released draft report, Burden addresses areas of concern and provides suggestions for correcting problems that have befallen many Upper Peninsula cities.

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Expert wants ‘walkable’ U.P. cities

MANISTIQUE – The Manistique Strategic Alliance for Health (SAH) Coalition is looking to break the tradition of short-term health initiatives and programs. The coalition, which is a creation of the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians, has been busily preparing and planning for a permanent, community-wide makeover that includes two key improvements.

The Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program, in conjunction with a Complete Streets initiative and the creation of a farmer’s market, have become the central focus in a long list of initiatives being tackled by the coalition. According to Kerry Ott, community coordinator for Manistique, the goal of SAH is to encourage healthy lifestyles in order to prevent things like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity.

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