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March 2017

Featured Work Group

The Tobacco/Substance-Free Living work group will collaborate with Reno County Communities That Care on awareness and prevention efforts at Hutchinson High School for Kick Butts Day on March 15th. 
Tobacco/Substance-Free Living is one of Heal Reno County's six work groups, which provide the structure for interested community members to come together for the important work our county a healthy place to live, work, learn and play. Members of this work group are passionate about creating tobacco-free public spaces in our county and increasing awareness of the harmful effects that tobacco and drug use have on the health of all people, especially youth.

"Having youth involved in the Tobacco/Substance-Free Living work group is very important," said work group Chair Sondra Borth. "We're firm believers in the value of their voices in our efforts toward increasing awareness, prevention and even policy change." 

Read more about this group’s current and future work here.
Healthy Workplace Pledges Signed

The list of organizations that have signed a Pathways to a Healthy Workplace Pledge made a jump in February. We're excited to see more worksites realizing the positive impact wellness programs can have on the health and productivity of their employees. Healthy employees are good for business! Congratulations to these six organizations for making a commitment to healthy workplaces!
  • Arconic 
  • Central Bank and Trust
  • Fee Insurance
  • Hutch Rec 
  • Hutchinson Community Foundation
  • USD 309-Nickerson/South Hutchinson
Reno County is a Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas Pathways to a Healthy Kansas grant recipient, so worksites that sign a pledge and follow the Pathways guidelines for full implementation of their worksite plans are eligible for Achievement Grants and employee incentives. 

Contact Heal Reno County Chairperson and Pathways Grant Coordinator, Laurie Carr with questions about Pathways Workplace Pledges and upcoming WorkWell KS workshops.  
Wondering if your worksite should explore implementing a wellness program? WorkWellKS can help you build a strong foundation for your program. Watch this video about one employer's experience with wellness program implementation.
Bike racks like this are appearing throughout town, and they make the healthy choice of cycling an easier choice for all of us. Contact Bob Updegraff at or 620-663-4321 to order one for your business. You can choose from numerous colors! 
Registration is underway for Walk Kansas! Walk Kansas is an eight-week program which runs March 19 through May 13, and is designed to promote activity and better health. Teams of six people walk, exercise and strength train typically for 150 minutes per person per week, which collectively is enough to walk 423 miles — equivalent of the distance across the state. Gather friends, family members or co-workers to form a team! If you don't have a full team, organizers will help match you with teammates.The registration deadline is listed as March 15, but can be extended slightly if necessary. For more information and to register a team, visit Locally, Jennifer at the Reno County K-State Research and Extension office is available to answer questions at 620.662-2371.
Survey Results Will Guide Actions 

In the fall of 2016, Heal Reno County conducted a survey of Reno County community members examining their perceptions in the areas of healthy eating, active living, and tobacco cessation. The survey was a part of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Pathways to a Healthy Kansas grant.

Over 500 people completed the survey, and a summary of the findings and the actions that will be taken as a result can be found here.  
Fun and Healthy Opportunities:

March 18th - Panther Prowl 5K - more info here 
March 24th- Nickerson Health Fair - more info here
April 22nd- Play on Plum - community event -more info to come
May 7th- Sand Plum Bicycle Classic - more info to come

Vitality Team of Reno County's 2nd Saturday Cycles for 2017
(All rides begin at DCI park at 2nd and Main in Hutchinson)
May 13th- Pleasantview
June 10th- Yoder
July 8th- Nickerson
August 19th (3rd Saturday)- Buhler

If you have other events promoting healthy habits and community spirit, please share information with us here.
 Upcoming Heal Work Group Meetings
Healthy Foods
March 16th - 1:30 p.m..
at Reno County Health Department - 209 W. 2nd
  • Food Policy Council -  April 12 - 9:30 a.m. at South Hutch City Offices - 2 South Main   
Healthy Kids 
April 4 - 9:30 a.m.
at Hutch Rec - 17 E. 1st

Vitality Team

April 5th- 12 p.m. at      
Hutch Rec - 17 E. 1st

Health Care Access
April 6th - 4 p.m. at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center - Conference Room C

Tobacco/Substance-Free Living

April 12th - 4 p.m. at USD 308 - 1520 N. Plum

Workwell Reno County
TBD at Reno County Health Department - 209 W. 2nd
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