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News from Heal Reno County! Live Happy. Live Healthy.
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February 2017

Featured Work Group

HEALTH CARE ACCESS TASK FORCE
Ensuring Reno County is truly a healthy place to live, work, learn and play requires attention, passion and collaboration. Heal’s six work groups provide the structure for interested community members to come together in this important work.

One of those work groups, Health Care Access Task Force, has been at work on community health issues for nearly three years. “We have really become advocates for the health issues of this community. It’s exciting to think what a group of community members and providers can accomplish by working together,” said Peggy Tuxhorn, Health Care Access Task Force chairperson.

Read more about this group’s early efforts and continued goals to improve access to heath care in Reno County.
Plum Creek Elementary students are using Go Noodle! It's a fun program designed to get kids moving, and it's available to all Reno County elementary schools thanks to our Blue Cross Blue Shield Pathways to a Healthy Kansas grant. Ask the kids in your life if they’ve tried it yet, and let us know if we can help their school get started with this terrific option for indoor recess and active breaks.
Foundations Workshop Well-Attended

Heal Reno County recently hosted a WorkWell KS Foundations workshop attended by representatives of 14 worksites. Attendees learned about the importance of establishing a solid foundation before beginning a wellness plan and were encouraged to consider signing a Pathways to a Healthy Workplace Pledge. Because Reno County is a Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas Pathways to a Healthy Kansas grant recipient, 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. Is your worksite ready to join Central Bank and Trust in signing a Pathways Pledge?

If your worksite did not attend the workshop but is considering development of a wellness plan, the readiness list created by WorkWell KS will help in determining if a future Foundations workshop would be beneficial for your organization. Follow-up workshops on physical activity, tobacco cessation and healthy foods and beverages are also helpful in developing your wellness plan and are steps in fulfilling the Pathways pledge.

Contact Heal Reno County Chairperson and Pathways Grant Coordinator, Laurie Carr or WorkWell Reno County chairperson, Scott Parker with questions about Pathways Workplace Pledges and upcoming WorkWell KS workshops.  
Look what's new near the Zoo! We love seeing bike repair stations popping up around town. They make our trail system more accommodating and show that our community is taking steps toward making healthy choices the easy choices! Crestview Bible Church (26th and Halstead) had a station installed as well. Read their story here.
Healthy Snacks in Vending Machines

Has your worksite been considering including healthy snack options in vending machines? If so, you might consider Go! Healthy Kansas Vending, a small business currently serving the Reno County area, which provides vending options that meet the Kansas Health Foundation’s food and beverage guidelines. Check out the company’s website here and contact company president, Kristin Baker at 316.323.5151 with questions.
Heal Reno County’s Event Recap

Our Pathways grant kick-off event was attended by over 100 people and the excitement for Heal’s upcoming work to make Reno County even healthier was palpable! If you were unable to attend the event in November and would like a recap of the evening, read Ashley Booker’s follow-up story in the Hutchinson News.

It’s always a good time to join one of Heal’s work groups. Upcoming meetings with links to work group pages can be found in the right-hand column of this newsletter. You can also stay informed by visiting our website or following us on Facebook. Join us in helping all in Reno County…Live Happy. Live Healthy.
 Upcoming Heal Work Group Meetings
Healthy Kids 
Feb. 7th - 9:30 a.m.
at Hutch Rec - 17 E. 1st


Tobacco/Substance-Free Living
Feb. 8th - 4 p.m. at USD 308 - 1520 N. Plum

Healthy Foods
Feb. 16th - 4 p.m.
at Reno County Health Department - 209 W. 2nd
  • Food Policy Council -  Feb. 8th - 9:30 a.m. at South Hutch City Offices - 2 South Main   
Workwell Reno County
Feb.22nd - 12 p.m. at Reno County Health Department - 209 W. 2nd

Vitality Team

March 1st - 12 p.m. at      
Hutch Rec - 17 E. 1st


Health Care Access
March 2 - 4 p.m. at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center - Conference Room C
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