Healthy Hamilton partners up

A coalition of community members is reaching out to other groups to assist in their goal of upgrading the county’s overall health.

Healthy Hamilton’s community building efforts have resulted in eight new partnerships that were discussed at a meeting at ACE, All Cultures Equal, on Monday. Partnerships include community groups, organizations and businesses.

Bee Inspired CAPP, Community Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention, will join Deb Brown, Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce director, to host an event at Mornin’ Glory in Webster City to educate parents about new technology applications such as Snap Chat being used by teens. They will share information on both technology that should be monitored and those that can be enjoyed by a family.

Van Diest Medical Center and Bee Inspired CAPP are working together on women’s sexual health issues, first by focusing on teen-friendly sexual health issues, and also creating parenting classes for teens and a women’s health fair.

Hamilton County Public Health is working with the Webster City Free Clinic and Bee Inspired CAPP on reducing STDs.

RSVP is working with Webster City businesswoman Leah Feltz, Fuller Hall, Southfield Wellness Center and ACE to provide a senior fitness exercise class using BASE, Balance Agility Strength Endurance, an evidence-based exercise program.

Roberta Koppen, of Van Diest Medical Center, would work with that exercise class so that patients with chronic health issues could be referred to BASE as part of their discharge plan.

ACE, the Webster City School District and the Church of Christ will now include teen programming provided by Bee Inspired CAPP as part of the Healthy Living Summer Youth Program.

ACE is partnering with RSVP and Upper Des Moines Opportunity Inc. to increase its public garden space and use. They will help patrons of the UDMO Food Pantry grow container gardens, provide healthy recipes and develop signage to educate people on how to determine when vegetables are ready for harvest.

ACE and Building Families are partnering to create an outdoor play space and walking trail. Healthy Hamilton participants may pay for the cost of a sign on the trail that educates the community about health.

Healthy Hamilton members work collectively to improve efforts for a healthy, safe and connected community. Members of the newly formed steering committee include Shelby Kroona, Hamilton County Public Health director; Janet Toering, All Cultures Equal director, and Kathy Getting, Power Up YOUth coalition director.

The next Healthy Hamilton meeting will be May 27 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Sampson Room at Fuller Hall in Webster City. New participants are welcome. For more information, call Shelby Kroona at 832-9565.