Saturday, April 13, 2019 was the nation’s seventh annual Opening Day for Trails! This year, the Knox County Park District hosted a fun day of family-filled activities at the CA&C Depot in Mount Vernon. The event was from 9 am - 4 pm. Community members were encouraged to bring thier bike or walking shoes. To learn more at Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s official Opening Day website: railstotrails.org/openingday OR visit the Knox County Park District's website: https://knoxcountyparks.org/
Just because the seasons have turned, doesn't mean we have to stay cooped up inside all winter. Instead, get out and enjoy some fresh crisp air at one of Knox County's many parks and trails. Here are some tips about dressing for bring out and about in the cold:
- Do NOT wear cotton clothing: cotton will absorb sweat and hold the chill in the air on you body
- DO wear clothing that is sweat-wicking and will help transfer sweat off of your skin to avoid hypothermia
- Wear layers: even though it is cold out, you may get warm; have thin layers and an outer waterproof insulating layer as to not shock your body temp when taking them off
- Tight base layer: this will help lock in your body heat before heading out in the cold
- Consider your terrain: is the sidewalk you will take clear or is it a path that is especially uneven when it snows? If the path is clear and dry, stick to your regular tennis shoes with a pair of insulating socks. If your path is wet or uneven, wear shoes with a ticker rubber soul and waterproof material (like hiking boots or short winter boots with good arch support).
- Hat: this is debatably the most important, yet most often forgotten, article of clothing to remember when going out into the cold --- especially for any extended period of time
Want to learn more about agricultural news and events in Knox County? Follow this LINK to our local OSU Extension's blog.
Thanks to our friends at the Knox County OSU Extension office for presenting this PSE training to our Get Healthy Knox Coalition.
Get out and enjoy the beauty of Knox County by biking these routes.
The Knox County Health Department would like to remind community members that January is Radon Action Month. Any Ohio resident can apply for a FREE radon test kit. Click HERE to have a test kit mailed directly to your home provided by the Ohio Department of Health. The Knox County Health Department does not have any kits available in our office.
While the first kit is free, any additional kits to the same address will need to be paid by credit card on the online site.
Questions on radon testing or radon gas health concerns, contact 740-392-2200 - Terri Hiller (ext. 2226) or Kyle Shackle (ext. 2227), licensed radon testers.
Interested in low-cost and tasty meals that everyone in your family will enjoy? Check out Celebrate Your Plate at https://celebrateyourplate.org/! This resource is a part of the SNAP-Ed Program all across Ohio and it has affordable recipes, tips for shopping and gardening, and information about resources to help save money while filling your plate! If you have questions about SNAP-Ed please contact our Knox County SNAP-Ed Program Assistant, Tanner Cooper-Risser, at 740-397-0401 ext. 1308 or at email@example.com
Knox County's annual funds and food raiser has officially kicked off - starting on November 1, 2017! Funds and goods collected benefit Interchurch Social Services and the Salvation Army. Interested in donating? Check out the Food for the Hungry website for more information about donating and how you help Knox County residents in need this holiday season.
Visit their website HERE.
Thanks to a collaboration by United Way, the Health Department, Knox Community Hospital, and the YMCA, 4th graders in Knox County are able to participate in nutrition and physical activity education in a fun and innovative way for the past five years. Follow the link HERE for an article by KnoxPages pictures of students having fun with their exercise balls - which are provided to every 4th grader at no cost by United Way of Knox County.