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Healthy Hamilton County to meet again March 25.
Posted: Mar 18 2014 by ppowers

The Healthy Hamilton County initiative will move forward March 25 with a meeting facilitated by Deb Brown, executive director of the Webster City Area Economic Development and Chamber of Commerce.The meeting is from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at All Cultures Equal, 1440 E. Second St., Webster City.The intention of the meeting is to define the health issue in Hamilton County that should be addressed by Healthy Hamilton and determine how to best do that. “There is an amazing amount of good things in Hamilton County that can help us all become more healthy,” Brown said. “I’m looking forward to facilitating this meeting, and helping to create partnerships that will bring actionable items to the community. It’s never been a better time to be a resident of Hamilton County!” In April, specific groups will meet to further discuss their particular areas of interest. Those groups will then report to the whole coalition in May to choose what collective action to take.Hamilton County residents have the distinction of ranking in the lower third on the healthiest Iowa counties list, a drop from the upper third in 2010 to 66th in 2013, according to a study by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin. Healthy Hamilton’s goal is to reverse that trend.Shelby Kroona, Hamilton County Public Health director, is a leader in the effort. Prior to coming to Hamitlon County, she worked in Woodbury County, which now ranks as Iowa’s healthiest. She helped organize and run that county’s Healthy Siouxland Coalition. “The fact is Hamilton is heavier, less active, more likely to smoke and more likely to drink than a majority of other counties in Iowa,” Kroona said, referring to published statistics.More than 50 people attended Healthy Hamilton’s first meeting on Feb. 4 at Van Diest Medical Center in Webster City. Van Diest Medical, Community and Family Resources, Power Up YOUth, ISU Extension Service of Hamilton County and All Cultures Equal are also involved in the Healthy Hamilton County coalition.

 

The Healthy Hamilton County initiative will move forward March 25 with a meeting facilitated by Deb Brown, executive director of the Webster City Area Economic Development and Chamber of Commerce.The meeting is from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at All Cultures Equal, 1440 E. Second St., Webster City.The intention of the meeting is to define the health issue in Hamilton County that should be addressed by Healthy Hamilton and determine how to best do that. “There is an amazing amount of good things in Hamilton County that can help us all become more healthy,” Brown said. “I’m looking forward to facilitating this meeting, and helping to create partnerships that will bring actionable items to the community. It’s never been a better time to be a resident of Hamilton County!” In April, specific groups will meet to further discuss their particular areas of interest. Those groups will then report to the whole coalition in May to choose what collective action to take.Hamilton County residents have the distinction of ranking in the lower third on the healthiest Iowa counties list, a drop from the upper third in 2010 to 66th in 2013, according to a study by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin. Healthy Hamilton’s goal is to reverse that trend.Shelby Kroona, Hamilton County Public Health director, is a leader in the effort. Prior to coming to Hamitlon County, she worked in Woodbury County, which now ranks as Iowa’s healthiest. She helped organize and run that county’s Healthy Siouxland Coalition. “The fact is Hamilton is heavier, less active, more likely to smoke and more likely to drink than a majority of other counties in Iowa,” Kroona said, referring to published statistics.More than 50 people attended Healthy Hamilton’s first meeting on Feb. 4 at Van Diest Medical Center in Webster City. Van Diest Medical, Community and Family Resources, Power Up YOUth, ISU Extension Service of Hamilton County and All Cultures Equal are also involved in the Healthy Hamilton County coalition.

 

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