Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Bradley County Hometown Health Coalition

The January, 2016 meeting of the Bradley County Hometown Health Coalition meet January 12, 2016 for the first meeting of the coalition for the new year.  The meeting was held at New Beginnings on York Street.  A good crowd was in attendance.

Purpose of the coalition is to improve and promote good health in the county.  A number of reports and actions were taken.

John Gavin of the Extension Service reported on plans to grow a community garden on the site of New Beginnings.  The purpose is to raise fresh food and give the clients at New Beginnings an outdoor project to work.  The garden will be located on the west side of the building.

County Librarian Sandy Doss reported on the effort to secure coats for kids.  She stated the effort was a success having collected and distributed around 150 warm coats and sweaters.

Martha Taylor, with Eastside School gave an update on the Pitt Crew organization that functions to help students, teachers and parents at the school.  The coalition voted to contribute $100.00 to the program.

Alicia Outlaw told the group that plans are underway to conduct a " heart luncheon" to promote a healthy lifestyle in order to prevent heart disease.  It will be held sometime in early May.  The coalition agreed to assist.

Michelle Carter with the Extension Service reported plans to promote the "walk across Arkansas"  program to encourage teams to walk and exercise.  The Health Coalition voted to contribute $100.00 to provide gift certificates for groceries for the winners of the competition.

It was announce that January 25th or 26th, there will be a time set aside at Southeast Arkansas Community Based Education Center for people to enroll in the Affordable Health Care Program to secure health insurance.  Trained staff will be on hand to help individuals sign up.  Further information will be forthcoming.

A committee was appointed to nominate officers for the new year.

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