What is Live Healthy Lincoln County?
Live Healthy Lincoln County (LHLC) is a new coalition of organizations and businesses that are joining together to improve the health and well-being of our residents. Much of the coalition’s efforts are aimed at implementing projects to prevent obesity, diabetes, heart disease and strokes along with encouraging physical activity and healthy eating.
The LHLC coalition was formed because Lincoln County is one of five north central Kansas counties with access to a sizable federal grant aimed at preventative health initiatives. The grant is from the Center for Disease Control, administered by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and facilitated locally by the Mitchell County Regional Medical Foundation in Beloit. The five counties are Lincoln, Mitchell, Jewell, Republic, and Smith.
Who is Involved:
The LHLC coalition is responsible for thinking creatively, prioritizing, planning, and implementing new and positive health initiatives in the county. Anybody can be a member of the coalition by simply being added to our monthly email list or becoming involved in specific projects. Organizations spearheading the coalition are the Lincoln County Health Department, Lincoln County Hospital, USD 298 (Lincoln Unified), USD 299 (Sylvan-Lucas Unified), Lincoln County Council on Aging, Post Rock District of K-State Research & Extension, Lincoln County Economic Development Foundation, and the Lincoln County Recreation Commission.
Please call Gaylene at (785) 524-44406 to be added to our monthly email list, monthly meetings are the third Tuesday of the month at the Lincoln Co. Health Dept.at 2:30-3:30 p.m.
We welcome volunteers! If you are interested in becoming a LHLC volunteer and become more involved, please contact us (see contact info below).
For more Information:
Contact: Sheri Suelter or Gaylene Zier-Ryan
Phone: 785-524-4406 Fax: 785-524-5003
Address: 114 West Court Street , P.O. Box 187, Lincoln, Kansas 67455
Facebook Page: Live Healthy Lincoln County
Upcoming LHLC Projects:
Lincoln Trails Project–Planning of the Lincoln Trails has begun in 2017. Live Healthy Lincoln County met in December of 2016 with a Landscape Architect from the area to discuss trail options. In January 2017, Live Healthy Lincoln County kicked off 2017 with updates and discussion of the Trails Project with recommendations of the Landscape Architect. In February 2017–maps of trail paths for connectivity were provided to the Live Healthy Lincoln County Coalition to review as potential trail options. On the www.mapmywalk.com via your personal computer or smartphone apps available on Android (Google Play Store) or iPhone (App Store). The only erroneous aspect of the below potential trail options (goal–connect City Park to Soccer fields–behind the LSJHS USD 298 School–from city park through Soccer fields to North Street vs. K-18), as the app will not “trail” sidewalks/roadways not yet created.
Route 1–2 mile walk/loop
Check out this map on MapMyWalk: 1.96 mi Route 1–2 mile loop
Distance: 1.96 mi
Check out this map on MapMyWalk: 2.15 mi Route 2–1st st & Soccer Fields
Distance: 2.15 mi
A walking meeting is planned for March 21st, 2017 at 2:30 p.m. to walk the proposed trail and conduct a walk audit with LHLC Coalition members attending. Those whom are interested and would like to attend are welcome.
WALK KANSAS–annual health initiative via KSU Extension, March 19-May 13, 2017 to increase physical activity, fruits, veggies and water intake. You may register as an individual or as a group participant(s). To find out more, please contact Ashley Svaty at KSU Extension, Post Rock District, Lincoln Co. Courthouse.
City of Lincoln Center Kansas Recreation Department Outdoor Tobacco-Free and E-cigarette Free Policy and Procedure Proposal– In January 2017, Live Healthy Lincoln County proposed a public health policy that passed unanimously by the Lincoln Center Kansas Recreation Board for tobacco and e-cigarette-free recreation areas, where kids and adults recreate, to prevent second hand smoke, litter from tobacco products, smokeless tobacco and e-cigarettes, the fastest growing population to use is youth via targeted advertising based on marketing dollars spent per the CDC, as e-cigarettes are now proven to have harmful chemicals also. Currently many state college campuses are tobacco-free and the Lawrence Parks and Rec. Dept., Lawrence, KS, as of 2015. In February 2017, Live Healthy Lincoln County proposed the policy to the City Council of Lincoln Center and was tabled for extensive review and to come back in March 13, 2017 for further discussion. Currently, school property is Tobacco-free, however West/East Ball Diamonds are currently not tobacco and e-cigarette free. For further questions or information, please contact Gaylene Zier-Ryan, RDN, LD at the Lincoln Co. Health Dept. (785)-524-4406.
Lincoln Center Kansas Walking Clubs–LHLC is assisting in forming local Lincoln Walking Clubs due to interest. Additional info will be forthcoming. If you are interested in participating or becoming a contact leader for a walking club, please contact Gaylene Zier-Ryan, R.D.N., LD for additional information at the Lincoln Co. Health Dept. at (785) 524-4406.
Farm Food Policy Council–LHLC is one of two Lincoln Center Kansas representatives via Doug McKinney, NCK Regional Planning Commission in Beloit, Kansas, that met on 2-24-2017. The goal of the coalition is to:
· Be a local level advisory council to Kansas Food and Farm Task Force, to local elected officials and to North Central Regional Planning Commission Executive Board.
· Conduct Food System Assessments
· Authorize Other Needs via Research
· Support and possibly assist with Food Hub Developments
· Encourage Nutritious Food Access for Food Insecure Residents
· Seek Funding for Projects, as applicable
The Farm Food Council consists of:
· Specialty Crop Producers
· Food Educator(s)
· Food Distributor(s)
· Mass Consumers & Preparer(s)
· Retailer(s) & Wholesaler(s)
· Farmers Market Coordinator(s)
· Decision- Maker(s)
Additional info will be forthcoming in 2017.
Other Coming Events:
*Chronic Disease Self-Management Class–Thursdays–March 16-April 20th–FREE 6 week workshop series to assist in controlling symptoms and management on a daily basis of chronic diseases (high blood pressure, heart disease, breathing disorders or other) at the Lincoln County Hospital, Basement Meeting Room, Lincoln, KS. Please call the Lincoln County Health Dept. for more questions at: (785) 524-4406. Registration due by March 10th, 2017.
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