Our Projects / A Community at Work
Healthy Choices, Healthy Communities promotes nutrition and exercise as a way to a healthier life. Listed below are the milestones and various activities Healthy Choices, Healthy Communities and/or its individual members have taken along the way toward meeting its mission and vision.
Coalitions Merge to Form Healthy Choices, Healthy Communities
Healthy Choices Kentucky and Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities merged in January 2015 to form the new coalition, Healthy Choices, Healthy Communities. By joining forces and becoming Healthy Choices, Healthy Communities, the former coalitions broadened their focus beyond obesity and children as well as increased the organizations’ geographic reach.
2015 Holiday Challenge
The Healthy Choices, Healthy Communities coalition is participating in the 2015 Eat Smart, Move More Holiday Challenge. This free seven-week challenge provided participants with tips, tricks, and ideas to help maintain their weight throughout the holiday season.
Participants in the 2015 Holiday Challenge will receive weekly newsletters on a variety of wellness topics, daily tips, weekly challenges, healthy holiday recipes, support through social media and MyFitnessPal.com, and a free webinar on stress
Those interested in sign-up can click here.
First Festival of Fitness a Success
Healthy Choices, Healthy Communities hosted its first-ever Festival of Fitness May 1, 2015 in conjunction with the City of Ashland’s First Friday event. More than 30 fitness activities and/or health information opportunities were presented free to area residents including:
- Health Screenings
HCHC Launches Network of Care Site
Healthy Choices, Healthy Communities (HCHC) has launched a new subsite, the HCHC Network of Care. The Network of Care is a health resource unlike any other for Boyd and Greenup counties. The site contains comprehensive health information on nearly any conceivable health topic. The site serves multiple purposes and audiences. A community member can look up a description of his/her medication; a parent can search to easily diagnose a child’s symptoms; an individual can use one of the site’s many interactive tools to determine if back surgery may be something the person might require. For researchers, grant writers and others interested in data, the HCHC Network of Care site offers the most comprehensive health information, research and demographics available for Boyd and Greenup counties. Visit HCHC’s Network of Care site by clicking here to discover more.
A free kickoff event for the Appalachian Partnership for Positive Living and Eating (A.P.P.L.E.) took place Saturday, Jan. 17 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Bellefonte Pavilion (2000 Ashland Drive) on the campus of Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital.
A.P.P.L.E. is open to Boyd and Greenup county children ages pre-K to 12th grade and their families. The A.P.P.L.E. program is a family-focused model for improving health and wellness among area youth through positive lifestyle changes. The program is free. The kickoff event offered an opportunity to learn about A.P.P.L.E. as well as receive free health screenings, nutritional information, diabetes education, cooking demonstrations, fitness information, and more. Healthy snacks were provided and more than $2,500 in prizes were given away to attendees, including bicycles, Fitbits, iPods, sports equipment and gift certificates.
The A.P.P.L.E. program is provided by the Ashland-Boyd County Health Department through funding from the Astra Zeneca Health Care Foundation.
Charles and Betty Russell Hiking Trail
Healthy Choices Kentucky is a proud supporter of the Charles and Betty Russell Hiking Trail as the new trail meets the organization’s goal of fighting obesity. Healthy Choices Kentucky supported the trail by helping to match grant funding. The City of Ashland and The Foundation for the Tri-State Community originally received a $12,500 grant through The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky for trail benches, garbage cans, signage and construction materials. To help with the necessary $12,500 match, Healthy Choices Kentucky contributed $5,000 to the hiking trail project through funding received from the Mission Fund of the Bon Secours Health System.
Pictured on the Charles and Betty Russell Trail with the $5,000 check is Ashland Mayor and Healthy Choices Kentucky representative Chuck Charles and President of the Foundation for the Tri-State Community Mary Witten Wiseman.
Healthy Choices Kentucky’s First Geocaching Adventure
Healthy Choices Kentucky is hosting what is planned to be the first of many geocaching adventures to provide fun and exercise for area residents Feb. 8 at 9 a.m. at the Bandstand in Ashland Central Park. The first adventure will take place in the city of Ashland, with all caches within walking distance of each other in downtown. Healthy Choices Kentucky is encouraging area residents to take the family and have fun while enjoying the beautiful city and learning of its rich history. The first 100 people to successfully complete the adventure will even receive a unique Ashland geocoin.
Participants must have previously downloaded a geocaching app to their smartphones or have a GPS capable of downloading geocache locations. To begin:
- Print out the passbook here.
- Log onto www.geocaching.com
- Resister or sign-in (the service is free although a premium upgrade is available).
- Search for ZIP Code 41101 and not e “CityofAshlandKY” series caches.
- Find each of the 15 cache locations and place one of the stickers inside the cache of the passbook, certifying a visit to the location.
- Once all the stickers have been found or located, return the passbook to the Ashland Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (1509 Winchester Avenue) or the Boyd County Library (1740 Central) to receive an Ashland coin.
Corporate Weight Loss Challenge
Healthy Choices Kentucky has given its members and other community organizations the opportunity to lead by example with the first Healthy Choices Kentucky Corporate Weight Loss Challenge. The premise is simple, businesses compete against each other in a four month challenge by forming teams to lose weight. The businesses who have accepted the challenge are Woodland Oaks, Oakmont Manor (three teams), Greenup County Health Department (two teams) and Kentucky Farmers Bank.
The seven teams will compete until July 24 and the team whose members lose the greatest percentage from their starting weights will be declared the winner. Each team paid $120 to participate with the entry fees to be donated to the charity of the winning team’s choice. Contest participation includes free membership at Firm Fitness at Bellefonte Pavilion (2000 Ashland Drive, Russell) for each team member during the duration of the contest.
For more information concerning the Healthy Choices Kentucky Corporate Weight Loss Challenge, contact Ryan Arnett at Firm Fitness at (606) 324-0339.
Kickoff Event/Health Symposium Jan. 2013
Healthy Choices Kentucky undertook as its first public event a free health symposium in January 2013. The event took the form of a Business After Hours event and included informational booths, guest speakers and hors d'oeuvres. Speakers at the event included Michele Friday, M.D., a cardiologist who spoke concerning obesity’s effect on heart disease and A.K. Khanna, M.D., a pediatrician who presented the topic of childhood obesity.
Informational booths at the symposium provided participants the opportunity to learn what they can do to fight obesity and more about obesity’s relation to other conditions. Booths included information concerning healthy eating, exercise, cancer risks, women’s health, diabetes, sleep disorders, hypertension and heart disease, stroke risk, behavioral health issues, orthopedic problems, as well as educational booths from Healthy Choices Kentucky members.
For more photos of Healthy Choices Kentucky’s pubic kickoff event, visit our Facebook page by clicking here.
Photo: Michele Friday, M.D., speaks at the kickoff event of Healthy Choices Kentucky.