TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-- A coalition of concerned citizens and civic leaders gathered, with the focus of making Shawnee County a healthier place.
Shawnee County Health Director Allison Alejos met with members of the Heartland Healthy Neighborhoods Coalition.
Together, they outlined the health concerns of Topeka and Shawnee County residents reported in a 2011 and 2012 Community Health Assessment.
Some of the topics studied ranged from healthy eating and improved access to services.
Incoming Chair, Lynn Gentine said, "we're also working towards a better built environment, complete streets so people will have the option as our culture is better educated to make better decisions and have the opportunity to walk etc. facilities are there to act upon those decisions."
The Heartland Healthy Neighborhood Coalition will also work on ways to keep Kansas babies healthy.