K-State kinesiology students create one-stop source for physical activity

By Corene Brisendine

Finding a place to get physical in Manhattan comes with the click of a button.

The K-State Department of Kinesiology has created an all-encompassing guide to physical activities available to the community.

It includes a list of parks and their amenities, the location and length of trails, recreational sports seasons, annual races and local gyms and fitness centers.

The guide was designed with the goal of increasing Manhattanites’ overall health and fitness.

In 2011, Professor Katie Heinrich tasked her graduate-level public health class with developing a health activity guide for either an individual or a specific group of people. The class chose to develop a printed guide for the residents of Manhattan. The students created, distributed and collected feedback from the community on the effectiveness of the guide. This year, the new class chose to revamp the guide and put it on the Internet. Putting the guide online allowed for two things: it made the guide timely, and it made it fluid to the ever-changing landscape of the business and residential communities.

“The students wanted to develop a more comprehensive website because things become obsolete as soon as they are printed,” Heinrich said. “Things like businesses close, prices change or new events come up. We also wanted to put direct links to sites so users could get the most up-to-date information.”

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