Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice in Mitchell County

Become AWARE! AWARE NCK invites all community citizens to attend an evening meeting from 5:30-6:30pm on Wednesday, May 1 at the North Campus Shelter in Beloit. AWARE team members will be on hand to discuss healthy initiatives developing in Beloit. Bring your family, friends, neighbors and come learn how we can all work together to make our community better!
In 2011 an active team of concerned citizens of Mitchell County band together to become better educated on the affects of chronic disease on our society; specifically in Beloit and the surrounding Mitchell County communities. From the staggering statistics found nationwide these citizens became engaged and committed to developing alternative ways to help our community. A team of seven Mitchell county citizens gathered information on designing a healthy community through access to healthy foods and a healthy environment. This leadership team attended a conference sponsored by the Kansas Health Foundation, with the purpose of the conference highlighting opportunities of a grant being offered to select Kansas communities for Healthy Community Design. After the conference it was decided to apply for the grant and begin work towards a healthy community.
From these initial meetings AWARE NCK was developed. AWARE NCK stands for action, wellness, awareness, recreation and engagement in North Central Kansas. In 2012 AWARE NCK successfully accomplished the following projects for the Beloit Community:
• Received $25,000 planning Grant from Kansas Health Foundation for Healthy Community Design. With matching opportunity to receive up to $75,000 in next three years
• Received $15,000 from the Sunflower Foundation and raised over $15,000 locally for a one mile recreation trail. Walking/Bike Trail opened in June 2012
• Received $3,500 from two Safe Routes to School grants and applied for an additional $15,000 planning grant. If received, Beloit would be eligible for a $250,000 grant.
• Received a Walking School Bus grant for $3,192. Walking School Bus program implemented April 2012.
• Received a WorkWellKS grant for $10,000. Eight community entities from Beloit launched the first WorkWellKS program in Beloit in February of 2012.
• Held four Walk/Bike to School Events.
• Conducted a Change Tool Community Assessment.
• Participated in Community Focus Groups.
• Helped complete a Community Health Survey.
AWARE NCK's efforts continue and develop with a mission to pursue policy, practice, behavioral and environmental change to educate, encourage and support a healthy culture in our communities. For more information on the healthy community design efforts occurring in Beloit contact AWARE NCK at awarenck@gmail.com or by phone at (785) 738-9493.

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