Press Release: The first ever Kansas City Physical Activity Plan released

The Kansas City Physical Activity Plan Work Group
Weighing In
Children’s Mercy
Center for Children’s Healthy Lifestyles

Contact:
Robin Shook, PhD
Chair, The Kansas City Physical Activity Plan Work Group
Assistant Professor
Department of Pediatrics
Children’s Mercy
Center for Children’s Healthy Lifestyles
rpshook@cmh.edu 
214-448-83366
kcphysicalactivityplan.org

The Kansas City Physical Activity Plan Work Group has released the first ever Kansas City Physical Activity Plan, a comprehensive, multi-sector collaboration working to create a culture of active living in the Kansas City region.

The vision of the Kansas City Physical Activity Plan is to foster a culture of physically active lifestyles in our region. To achieve this vision, we have led the development of a comprehensive set of Kansas City-focused, sector-specific strategies and tactics designed to increase physical activity in residents of all ages.

The Kansas City Physical Activity Plan consists of strategies and priority tactics across societal sectors where residents of the Kansas City region live, learn, work, play and pray. In total, 22 strategies and 67 priority tactics across societal sectors were identified to increase physical activity across society.

The social sectors included in this plan are:

  • Early childhood settings
  • Schools
  • Community recreation, fitness, and parks
  • Faith-based settings
  • Healthcare
  • Infrastructure

In 2021, additional sectors will be added, including:

  • Sports
  • Mass media & marketing
  • Business
  • Public Health

The Kansas City Physical Activity Plan was developed through discussions and planning beginning in October 2019. Since that time, we hosted 55 meetings attended by 550 individuals, along with administering multiple surveys and other activities to obtain community input. Included in these meetings is the Kansas City Physical Activity Summit which was held on September 10, 2020 attended by 110 individuals.

The Kansas City Physical Activity Plan is released in two formats:

1. Kansas City Physical Activity Plan- This document includes strategies and priority tactics organized by societal sector, in addition to background information on The Plan, detailed information about the development process, action steps for local leaders and community members, and next steps.
2. Kansas City Physical Activity Plan Playbook- This document includes the strategies and priority tactics organized by societal sector and is designed as an easy-to-read summary of the Kansas City Physical Activity Plan.

All documents are available to read and download at https://www.kcphysicalactivityplan.org/. Also available on the website is a video summary of the Kansas City Physical Activity Plan, a calendar of upcoming Kansas City
Physical Activity Plan events, and opportunities for individuals to join a societal sector work group.

About the Kansas City Physical Activity Plan Work Group:
The Kansas City Physical Activity Plan Work Group is an expert group of community organizations working to promote healthy lifestyles for all residents in our region. This group provides specific leadership in societal sector work groups and overall strategic decision making for the Kansas City Physical Activity Plan. Member organizations include: BikeWalkKC; the Calvary Community Outreach Network; Children’s Mercy Kansas City; the Health Resources and Services Administration; KC Healthy Kids; KCMO Parks and Recreation; the UMKC Health Equity Institute the Community Health Research Group; and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health.

Weighing In serves as the backbone organization for the Kansas City Physical Activity Plan Work Group. Weighing In is a program at Children’s Mercy and the Center for Children’s Healthy Lifestyles that seeks to align community programs to help prevent and reduce childhood obesity through collaborative community-based approaches.

More information about the Kansas City Physical Activity Plan Work Group can be found at https://www.kcphysicalactivityplan.org/.

More information about Weighing In can be found at https://www.childrensmercy.org/in-the-community/weighing-in/.

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