FOREST CITY, Iowa - Katie Thul is one of several taking part in a walking audit, an interactive way to find out if towns like Forest City are doing things right.
“I heard about it on Facebook because I spend way too much time sitting on my computer screen versus getting out and getting active, and I thought, 'wow, that's interesting idea,' ” Thul said.
She's representing Pritchard’s Chrysler Auto Services in town and is getting an understanding of the benefits of getting out more on her feet.
“To learn and get it in my head that it’s out there and you can walk and I don't think we do it enough,” Thul said.
Jim Cushing is with Healthy Hometown, an initiative through Wellmark to make communities a better place to live and work.
“I love working with the communities across Iowa. Forest City is such a wonderful community. People work so well together and we have such an environment here that feels like community,” Jim Cushing said.
Cushing explains they want individuals to feel comfortable taking to the sidewalks. This audit shows people the patterns of traffic, the quality of sidewalks, seeing how these bump outs, an extension of the curb, help keep pedestrians safe and overall just taking a look at what can be improved upon.
“People see a different perspective because we become a society that we just move around as much. We created our environment for cars and not so much people,” Cushing said.
Those with Healthy Hometowns start these audits around the springtime and wrap up before winter hits.
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