OT vendors join in — offer healthier dining choices during recent reunion
By MEGAN COOPER
Mt. Pleasant News
The Healthy Henry County Communities board was impressed with the vendors at Old Threshers this year, because they helped to offer a healthy alternative in dining.
Kelly Carr, Healthy Henry County Communities coordinator, told the board during their regular meeting Wednesday that “vendors at Old Threshers were very receptive. Some of them made healthier changes. We had signs, fans and an advertisement on the radio and in the paper.”
Some of those healthy changes were, as follows: Business and Professional Women used whole grain popcorn popped in unsaturated oil; Garrels’ Elk Tent stated that “Elk is lean meat;” Faith Lutheran Church served cantaloupe, watermelon, corn, green beans, lettuce salad, sugar free apple pie and tomatoes; New London Lions group served green beans, grilled chicken sandwich/dinner, grilled pork chop sandwich/dinner, baked hash browns, scrambled eggs and 100% juice; St. Alphonsus Catholic Church served fresh fruit cups, green beans, grilled turkey tenderloins, sugar-free Jello, sugar-free pie and unsweetened tea; and First United Methodist Church served Angel food cake, cantaloupe, watermelon, corn, green beans, sliced tomatoes, 100% juice and unsweetened tea.
Those minor changes helped to “make a difference” said Oetken. The changes listed above were part of Healthy Henry County Communities drive to make a healthier county by offering foods that were good for you.
The Healthiest State Walk has been scheduled for Oct. 9 from 12 to 1 p.m. More information to follow once all details have been finalized. On Oct. 27, from 2 to 5 p.m., HHCC will be hosting the Healthy Halloween Walk at East Lake Park. The rain/snow date will be Nov. 5. Also, HHCC will be hosting an ASA Softball Tournament on April 26 and 27. More details to come.
Travis Johnson, community health director, discussed the new Healthcare Exchange program. He encouraged the HHCC board to participate in making customers aware of the new changes.
“We need to serve as the champion for coverage. We would help promote how to register for healthcare and to distribute flyers. As of Dec. 31, IowaCare is gone, so anyone on that must register for insurance online. If you don’t, you will be without insurance. We should help those people affected by this know what they need to do,” Johnson said. The board agreed with him and agreed to help promote what customers will need to do in order to register for insurance.
Jennifer Lehman, from the Henry County Substance Abuse Coalition, shared with the board the numbers from a substance abuse research that was completed in Iowa.
“We have the lowest rate of illicit drug use in the nation,” Lehman said of the data collected. “Youth substance abuse has been declining over the past decade.” These were some of the positives from the data received. HHCC is dedicated to help work on the negatives that were reported in the data.
The board reviewed their action plan and updated their goals for the year. HHCC wants to encourage the police department to do compliance checks in local bars. “We want to see compliance checks in bars,” said Lehman.
“We will be doing a community forum for synthetic drugs (like bath salts) in January. It will be a parent education opportunity. We want the support of HHCC,” Lehman informed and asked of the board.
Discussion also took place over E-cigarettes and the tobacco policy at schools. HHCC encourages school boards to look over their policies and include something in the policy about E-cigarettes.
Approval for the engagement letter with TD&T Financial Group and the nominating committee were tabled for the next meeting, as the entire board was not present.
Healthy Henry County Communities will meet again on Oct. 1, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.