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IU School Of Public Health Leads Study Of 9 Indiana Trails

Indiana University's Eppley Institute of Parks and Public Lands begins a study Monday on nine trails throughout the state.

The research will update a similar study from 2001 and will look at recreational use, health impacts and economic impact.

"The mileage of the trails available to people has almost tripled since then," says Eppley Institute Project Manager Layne Elliott. "And with our transition from the school of health recreation and physical education to the school of public health we have a greater emphasis on including public health in everything we do."

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Elliott says volunteers will be located at each trail and at control group locations off the trails, asking people to participate in the study conducted online.

"I would say our ultimate goal here is to show how worthwhile of an investment trails are and not just in terms of getting people outside, but getting people to exercise, having a positive impact on their health, and having a positive impact on the economics of the community, showing that they're really good in all different phases."

The study will run through October and the results are expected to be released by spring 2018.

The trails include:

  • B-line in Bloomington
  • Pumpkinvine Nature Trail in Elkhart
  • Erie-Lackawanna Trail in Hammond
  • People Trail in Columbus
  • Greenway Passage in Evansville
  • Cardinal Greenway in Marion
  • Monon Trail in Indianapolis
  • Rivergreenway in Fort Wayne
  • Nickle Plate Trail in Kokomo.


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