Complete Streets Initiative Update

Complete Streets Initiative Update

Earlier this spring, Two Rivers Department of Public Health put together an “Active Living Summit” to gather community input on improving active lifestyles in Kearney. After two communitymeetings, a few areas for action emerged. One was the need for complete streets policies here in our community.Earlier this spring, Two Rivers Department of Public Health put together an “Active Living Summit” to gather community input on improving active...

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Work in Buffalo County Schools Fall 2017

Work in Buffalo County Schools Fall 2017

 Buffalo County Community Partners has been working with Buffalo County schools to support the mental and physical development of students. The HealthyMINDS collaborative has implemented a social emotional learning program called Second Step in some Buffalo County childcare facilities and early learning classrooms, and recently Community Partners bought 88 new Second Step kits for Kearney Public Schools to start implementing the curriculum in...

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1,200 people Walked Out on Their Jobs

1,200 people Walked Out on Their Jobs

Walk Out on Your Job has been a community event for 20 years. Each year we gather local businesses and encourage everyone to take a walk over their lunch break. This year, we had 1,208 local employees signed up to walk with us. Of that, 942 employees signed up to walk at their own worksites. That’s the biggest chunk of walkers we’ve ever had choose to walk where they work—and honestly we think that’s great! That means that as a community, we’re...

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Healthy Families Week Success

Healthy Families Week Success

Activate Buffalo County put on Healthy Families Week at the end of April. Activities of partners were promoted as part of the event. “The end of April is a time where the community wants to get outside and enjoy the weather turning. This week was perfect to promote all the activities going on in the community and the reason for getting out and being active with your family,” said Becky Squiers, Community Wellness Coordinator at...

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Be Well Looks to Local Conditions to Create Action

Be Well Looks to Local Conditions to Create Action

Be Well Buffalo County has been working with a consultant group, Epiphany Services, to create a logic model on which they can build their work. As the strategic team focused on healthy lifestyles in our county, the process has helped Be Well to prioritize issues and build a strong foundation for encouraging healthy behaviors. The last few months have included lots of conversations and data collection. Be Well has been very focused on choosing...

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Worksite Wellness Membership Revamped

Worksite Wellness Membership Revamped

  Activate Buffalo County has rolled out a new membership for the year. It can serve as a guide to starting or sustaining a worksite wellness plan. As a member your company and your employees will have access to a variety of great wellness perks throughout the community. These perks are great tools for motivation, education and inspiration in your wellness program.    · Subscription to the Activate Buffalo County worksite wellness blog    · An...

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Diabetes Information & Referral Fair 2016 Recap

Diabetes Information & Referral Fair 2016 Recap

The Diabetes Information and Referral Fair took place November 3 at the YMCA. The doors were open to the public to come and gain valuable local resources on ways to control and maintain their pre-diabetes or diabetes. The fair would not have been possible without donations from CHI Health Good Samaritan and Kearney Regional Medical Center. A participant at the event said, “This fair has the best information all in one place.” Physicians Dr....

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Be Well Buffalo County Strategic Planning Meeting Review

Be Well Buffalo County Strategic Planning Meeting Review

Be Well Buffalo County’s strategic planning process is officially underway. Over the last year, Be Well has developed a relationship with consultant group, Epiphany Community Services. At their meeting on November 28, Be Well walked through the first step of Epiphany’s process—a problem analysis session.

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Pleasanton Walkability Town Hall Meeting

Pleasanton Walkability Town Hall Meeting

Twenty-one community members attended a town hall meeting set by The Pleasanton Village Board on August 22 to discuss walkability in the community. Following the meeting the Village Board will consider input gathered and set walkability priorities to shape the future of walking in the community. Last month, Buffalo County Community Partners staff worked with the Village Board and Miller and Associates to conduct a sidewalk audit. The results of...

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History of “Wellness Works”

History of  “Wellness Works”

In 1996 Community Partners began to address 15 health priority areas and started identifying leaders in the community to work on task forces in these specific health priority areas. One task force that resulted from this was the Kearney well workplace group. The Kearney well workplace task force was created to reduce the incidence of injuries and diseases by addressing wellness at the work site. The group focused its efforts on receiving a Well...

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