KOFO Local News

Community wins $100,000 health grant

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 29, 2016

OTTAWA — Live Healthy Franklin County has received a $100,000 grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas.  The local group is one of eight out of 33 applicants to receive the “Pathways to a Healthy Kansas” grant. BCBS-K announced the awards this morning, and said Franklin County could be eligible for another $215,000 over the next three years.  “We chose ‘Pathways’ as the name for this initiative because there are truly many paths which must converge in order for a community to build and sustain a healthy environment for residents,” said Andrew Corbin, president/CEO.  “Those various pathways form the program’s focus areas of community policy, resident-community well-being, the food retail sector, health care, restaurants, schools and worksites.  We envision Kansans living in healthy communities that provide the highest possible quality of life and well-being.”  During a visit two weeks ago by a Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas team, “we took them biking around the community,” Franklin County health director Midge Ransom.  There was a great turnout of local members of the coalition for the tour, she said.  To receive funding, the communities went through a thorough application process that included the on-site visit. Eligible communities were required to be located in a semi-urban, densely-settled rural, rural or frontier county; be ranked in the bottom half of county health rankings for the state; have an active coalition or active Community Health Assessment-Improvement Plan work group; and illustrate commitment from community leaders.  Besides the money, Blue Cross will provide technical assistance for planning, evaluation, communications and measurement through partnerships with Kansas Health Institute and the Community Engagement Institute at Wichita State University. Also, elementary schools in each county will have free access to GoNoodle Plus for the duration of the funding period. GoNoodle is a website with interactive games and videos that get children moving throughout the day. The activities are designed to help children channel their physical and emotional energy for good, improving behavior, focus and achievement.

Friday, July 29, 2 p.m.

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