The Winchester-Clark County Activities Coalition is gaining statewide recognition for its efforts to improve the health of Clark County residents.
In recent months, the Activities Coalition has received three awards: The United Way of the Bluegrass Live United Excellence in Health award, the Joe F. Reed Service Award from the American Heart Association and last month, the Kentucky Professional Health Association Group Award for its work in establishing the Winchester Traveling Trail.
The Activities Coalition and the Traveling Trail were featured on the front cover of a magazine produced by the KPHA titled “Shaping Kentucky’s Future: A Community Guide to Reducing Obesity,” which featured the success stories of communities across Kentucky that have taken steps toward fighting obesity.
Activities Coalition co-chairperson Gina Lang said it was an honor to be included in the magazine.
“The idea behind the magazine was to show community efforts that were working and that could be replicated in other communities as well,” Lang said. “The Traveling Trail has been a big success and it shows what a community can do when you have a good partnership and good collaboration between members of the health community, the business community and support from the entire community.”
The two-page article in the magazine gives the story behind the creation of the nearly mile-long mowed trail on the corner of Colby Road and the Bypass as well as advice from Activities Coalition members and its community partners on how to create a successful walking trail including: starting out small, expecting some initial controversy and most importantly, bringing together a strong group of partners, especially from the private sector.
“To be included in the magazine was great, and to be chosen for the cover was an honor,” Lang said.
The Activities Coalition awards are on display in the foyer of the Winchester-Clark County Parks and Recreation Health and Wellness Center at College Park.
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