TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – An effort is underway to make it easier for Terre Haute residents to live an active lifestyle.

A workshop took place Wednesday involving city officials, community leaders and others.

The group walked around a neighborhood near Voorhees Park.

They checked sidewalks and other conditions that could promote or prevent people from getting exercise and enjoy being outside.

“In many communities it’s a challenge. It doesn’t happen by itself,” said Pete Fritz with the Indiana Department of Health. “What were trying to do is to help people find ways they can change their communities to make them more walkable, so people can be more active and be healthier.”

The group brainstormed on how to break down any barriers to walking or biking.

“Things like safe cross walks to the parks or things like new curb ramps for people who are disabled or in a wheelchair to be able to navigate themselves through their neighborhood,” added Fritz.

The workshop was presented by the Indiana Department of Health, Indiana Department of Transportation and Health By Design.