Healthy Henry County Communities met yesterday afternoon. There are big projects underway.
Kelly Carr announced a grant to develop a walking school bus has been awarded. It comes in the amount of $16,355 is from Wellmark. She also reported that organization’s Pumpkin Patch event was a successful event with numbers just down slightly after having to switch the date due to inclement weather. The hope is to make it an annual event.
Carr reported that she was contacted by the Iowa Bicycle Coalition about hosting a Safe Routes to School Workshop in Mt. Pleasant. The Board approved the idea and will invite all area schools to participate.
The LED crossing signals purchased with the Community Transformation Grant are expected to be installed this month and will be at the intersection of Washington and Jefferson and at the Main and Adams intersection. There will also be a purchase of bike racks on the square to help increase the walkability and bike-ability of downtown.
Dave Christensen gave an update on the School to Career Committee. Work is beginning for a partnership with schools and colleges for a curriculum for 16 different career pathways. Students would pick classes based on their career path.
The Board also continued their discussion on ways in which to reduce the number of overweight and obese. Plans include: developing parent education about nutrition and increasing healthy food options at restaurants, concession stands and county events. As far as activities go: they will contact fitness centers to develop an incentive program and compile wellness resources and activities and expand after school physical activity opportunities for students.
That work will continue as well as work on the walking school bus plan.