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Community photography project to identify opportunities and barriers to physical activity in Glenwood City

GLENWOOD CITY – Healthier Together – Pierce & St. Croix County, a community coalition that works to create and maintain healthy communities, is facilitating a participatory photomapping project with residents in Glenwood City. The project engages community members in photography and mapping to identify aspects of Glenwood City that make it easier or challenging to be physically active.

Participatory photomapping is a technique used to examine local experiences of place. On Tuesday, July 8th 2014, a small group of local individuals and families used GPS-equipped cameras to take photographs of features of the Glenwood City area that they found promoted or discouraged living an active lifestyle. The photographs – highlighting roads, sidewalks, playgrounds, and other local conditions – were compiled and mapped and discussed during a second meeting on Thursday, July 17th 2014, to understand the opportunities and challenges for physical activity and to generate ideas for enhancements. The coalition will use the results of the project to inform future work in Glenwood City and help communicate priorities to local stakeholders.

Participants of the project shared many great opinions on what changes would make Glenwood City an easier place to live an active lifestyle.

Glenwood City Elementary Principal Betsy Haltinner who also participated in the project had this to say, “The photomapping project will be a great tool for us to use to improve physical fitness opportunities for our students both at school and within the community. I am looking forward to the new ideas that may stem from this conversation.”

Staff from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Nonprofits assisted the coalition in the project as part of the Transform Wisconsin Community Transformation Grant of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

For more information, please contact Allen Chapdelaine, Community Health Associate, allen.r.chapdelaine@hudsonhospital.org