Background on the Capital City Wellness
The Bureau of Health Promotion (BHP) within the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, along with more than 35 participating businesses, led a two-year Capital City Wellness Pilot Project funded by the Sunflower Foundation and in support of the Governor's Healthy Kansas Initiative. Through this project, staff worked with downtown employers to design and implement a community wellness initiative aimed at supporting employer efforts to increase daily physical activity among downtown employees and promote the Capitol Midweek Farmers' Market as both a walking destination and a resource for increasing access to fresh, locally grown produce in downtown Topeka. BHP continues to facilitate a process of strengthening partnerships between government, non-profit and for profit businesses to promote a healthier community for downtown Topeka employees.
The Capital City Project aims to: 1) improve current health behaviors of employees by increasing opportunities for physical activities and fresh produce, and (2) support employers in effecting changes in worksite policies that promote physical activity and the consumption of fruits and vegetables among employees. BHP staff are facilitating a process of strengthening partnerships between downtown government, non-profit and for profit businesses to promote a healthier community for downtown Topeka employees.