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In 2012, only 9.6% of Buffalo County residents reported eating one serving of fruit and one serving of vegetables every day in the past 30 days.

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In 2012, 22% of Buffalo County residents reported no physical activity.

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In 2012, 32% of Buffalo County residents reported feeling worried or stressed about having enough money to buy nutritious meals.

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In 2015, only 39% of businesses reported offering policies encouraging fitness.

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In 2015, 48.5% of parents did not allow their children to walk or bike to school due to heavy traffic along the route.

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In 2012, 67.1% of Buffalo County residents reported a BMI of 25 or higher.

About Us

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What are we trying to do?

Our mission is to advocate for a healthy community culture through infrastructure, education, and programs to support healthy choices.

Our vision is to build a culture of well-living where community support leads to unconscious lifestyle changes.

What are our goals?

  • Increase residents’ physical activity
  • Increase consumption of fruits and vegetables
  • Decrease the percentage of resident’s with a BMI of 25 or higher

What are our key activities?

  • Helping businesses to create policies encouraging fitness at the workplace.
  • Illustrate how worksite wellness can be a return-on-investment strategy.
  • Support vendors at Farmer’s Markets to promote their products and invite community members to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Encouraging schools to see a need for healthier concession stand food options by utilizing the USDA food guidelines.
  • Encouraging families, schools, and communities to promote biking/walking to school and work as a mode of safe and effective transportation.

Workplace wellness research

Dr. Bree Dority was contracted to do research of national workplace wellness and return on investment. Here is her report of findings. From the report, the group is creating a survey for local community businesses/organizations to complete.

How long have we been doing this?

Conversations began in 2014 with four stakeholders, wanting to build a culture of wellness in Buffalo County. At the beginning of 2015, the conversation developed into monthly task force meetings with additional stakeholders joining them. The steadfast work of the group strengthened as they met regularly, collectively determined a mission and vision statement, and focused on the broad initiative of creating and facilitating community change aimed towards improved wellbeing. The change envisioned will be built on collaboration, mutual decision making, and cohesion for community members to develop ownership. Furthermore, the work will build and leverage the hot spots within the community while focusing on addressing the barriers and challenges that remain isolated.

Through a root cause analysis, the invested stakeholders defined areas to assess 1) physical activity 2) practice of eating 3) social and family engagement 4) fruits and vegetable consumption 5) stress (crisis management). These key areas were created as the common agenda and will guide community dialogue, capacity building among community stakeholders and discovery of local resources. The collective impact of Be Well will provide continuous communication and mutually reinforcing activities to lead action among the priority areas. To implement action and create impact, Be Well will first focus on capacity building upon multiple levels; engaging stakeholders, identifying local resources, bringing awareness to all sectors, and facilitating data collection.

Be Well received funding from the Sherwood foundation, Ron and Carol Cope Foundation and CHI Health to assist in their work. With funding Be Well prioritized to collect data first. Data collection will happen through a survey distributed to the organizations within Buffalo County.

Our Collaboratives

Our mission is to increase the community’s knowledge of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. This will be achieved by building community partnerships, increasing education and heightened awareness.

Our mission is to improve access to resources through the development, use and awareness of a diabetes resource referral system in Central Nebraska. Our vision is to promote healthy lifestyles by encouraging and facilitating self-management with support through the collaboration of prevention and disease management programs that empower community members to control and maintain their diabetes and pre-diabetes.

Our mission is to create awareness, advocacy, and excitement about physical activity and the importance of designing our community for active and healthy lifestyles. Our vision is to become a national leader in creating a model community where living through active and healthy choices is a priority.

Our Partners

Meet the businesses that help us work towards a healthier Buffalo County.

Contact us

For more information, or for any questions, please fill out the form below. 

1755 Prairie View Place, Kearney NE 68845

Mailing Address: Po Box 1466 Kearney NE 68848
Office: 308-865-2284
Email: [email protected]

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