Billings Chamber of Commerce and Healthy by Design team up to learn more on how to lead healthy communities

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The Billings Chamber of Commerce has been selected as one of just 10 Chambers across the nation to participate in an exciting new healthy communities program through the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. In early October, Jennifer Reiser, Chief Operating Officer of the Chamber, and Melissa Henderson from the Healthy By Design Coalition, attended a two-day workshop at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Princeton, NJ, to learn more about this initiative and how Chambers can serve as leaders for health initiatives in their communities. Over the next few months, they will pick a project to work on that promotes healthy, active living in the Billings area.

In addition to this exciting opportunity with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation,  Melissa Henderson, Healthy by Design’s Community Health Improvement Manager, will also be a panelist on a Safe Routes to School webinar entitled, “Leading With Health: Complete Streets and Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning.” The webinar on Nov. 27 will be free to join by clicking this link.

Melissa has been a leader in promoting a healthy environment for active living since she came to Billings in 2013. Among many other projects, Melissa has she partnered with Billings TrailNet on the Billings Commuter Challenge planning team, she contributed to the Complete Streets policy adoption and has been an valuable member of the Ales for Trails planning team.

We applaud our healthy communities champions at the Billings Chamber of Commerce and Healthy by Design.