Creating a more “bicycle-friendly” community is just one goal of the Get Healthy Knox County Coalition. The coalition invited Yay Bikes!, a bike advocacy group based in Columbus, to organize a bike ride for local officials through the city of Mount Vernon this past September. Their mission was to educate riders on how to safely cycle in and around the city, determine challenges and point out ways the city can keep cyclists and motorists safe.
The riders were made up of local officials from the Mount Vernon City Council, United Way of Knox County, the Knox County Health Department, the YMCA, Knox Board of Developmental Disabilities, Knox County Commissioners, and the Knox County Park District.
Tami Ruhl, Creating Healthy Communities Coordinator at the Knox County Health Department, as well as Catherine Girves, Executive Director of Yay Bikes!, led a discussion on how to make Knox County more bike-friendly and what that might entail. Riders commented that education is needed for both motorists and bicyclists to let them know what to do when riding or encountering bikes on the road.
The Get Healthy Knox County Coalition will continue to partner with local officials to increase awareness of the ability to use different types of transportation. Centerburg and Danville both now have bicycle lending programs available to the public. Check out a bike for “free” from the Centerburg Library or Danville Outdoors and take advantage of the miles of scenic bike trails in Knox County, or ride to your favorite local eatery for lunch!
Danville Outdoors is now featuring four bikes and a Burley Bee that can be rented out for anyone to use for FREE! This is part of the Bike Lending Program that is popping up all around Knox County thanks to the Creating Healthy Communities grant, coordinated by Tami Ruhl from the Knox County Health Department. Danville Outdoors now joins the Centerburg Public Library as a champion of the active living movement - promoting a healthy lifestyle can be as easy as checking out a bike for 5 minutes... 1 hour... or the entire day!
To rent a bike and/or the Burley Bee:
- you must be 18 years old or accompanied by an adult
- bicycle and accessories must be returned same day
- sign a participation form
Available to rent:
- bicycle lock
- other accessories (ex: Burley Bee)
We are so excited to announce that as of June 3rd, the Farmer's Market is now accepting SNAP (Ohio Direction Card/"Food Stamps") thanks to the efforts of the Knox County Health Department and Knox County OSU Extension.
Registration for the Build a Better World, 2017 Summer Reading Program begins on Friday, May 26 at the Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, 201 N. Mulberry Street, Mount Vernon.
Participants can stop up on the upper level Children’s Floor to register for the summer reading program in Mount Vernon.
Storytime will be held on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. in the lower level multipurpose room.
The dates are: 5/30, 6/6, 6/13, 6/20, 6/27
Elementary age programming will be held at the Y-Sports Center, 200 W. Chestnut Street on Thursdays at 10:00 a.m., except for 6/15 and 7/6.
The dates and titles are:
6/1—Orange Barrel Productions presents “Building a Better You! An Interactive Theatrical Presentation
6/8—The Columbus Zoo
6/15—Library Free Day at the Movies! Meet at Premier Theatres at 10:00 a.m., 11535 Upper Gilchrist Road, for a free showing of the hit movie, “Monster Trucks.” Open to the public. Free admission.
6/22—Spi Spot—“Get Crafty and Construct Your Happy Habitat”
6/28—Duke Otherwise: Clever Wordplay, Tap Dancing, and Superb Music!
7/6—“Hang Out with Wheels!” Meet in the Parking Lot behind the Library and the Mulberry Street United Methodist Church from 10:00 am. –12:00 pm. Families can visit and take photos with vehicles of all sizes, shapes and functions and meet their owners. Free and open to the public. Children who reached their reading goals may bring their Reading Records to the lower level multipurpose room at the main library to receive a free book, courtesy of the Friends of the Library.
Special summer reading program scheduled for library branches:
5/31—Orange Barrel Productions at Gambier @ 10:00 a.m., Fredericktown @ 1:00 p.m., Old Fredericktown Gymnasium, 117 Columbus Road, Fredericktown.
6/1—Orange Barrel Productions at St. Luke Community Center, Danville @ 1:00 p.m.
6/7—The Columbus Zoo at Gambier @ 10:00 p.m., Fredericktown @ 1:00 p.m.
6/8—The Columbus Zoo at St. Luke Community Center @ 1:00 p.m.
6/15—Annual Library Free Movie Day at Premier Theatres of Mount Vernon, 11535 Upper Gilchrist Road, 10:00 a.m., all are welcome, free admission to hit movie,“Monster Trucks”.
Registration is also open now for the branch locations, participants can stop in or contact: Fredericktown Community Library, 1 Burgett Drive, 740-694-2665, Danville Public Library, 512 S. Market Street, 740-599-2665, and Gambier Community Library, 115 Meadow Lane , 740- 427-2665.
For more information, call the main library at 740-392-2665 visit www.knox.net, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Use this minute long inspirational video as your daily motivation to make small changes in your life. 5, 2, 1 and None is a healthy living concept that you can use to change your life, one day at a time. This video made possible by the United Way of Knox County and the YMCA of Mount Vernon.
This video is downloadable, so feel free to share the message and pass it on!
The "Baby & Me Tobacco Free" program encourages mothers and their spouses/partners to give up smoking during their prenatal period. A free $25 monthly diaper voucher (for 12 months/$300 total) is offered after the baby is born as long as mom remains tobacco-free. (If the spouse/partner quits and remains tobacco-free an additional $25 voucher will be awarded monthly - $50 total each month per household)
Any pregnant mom and spouse/partner who wants to quit smoking can enroll regardless of income. Four brief prenatal appointments are required. At each appointment, a carbon monoxide (CO) reader is used to measure the amount of CO gas on the breath.
To enroll contact Mike Whitaker at 392-2200, ext. 2233 or via email at email@example.com. #BabyAndMeTobaccoFree
As of October 2016, Tanner Cooper-Risser has joined the OSU Extension Office of Knox County as our first SNAP-Ed Program Assistant serving the county. The Supplemental Nutrition Education Program is a brand new program that teaches food, nutrition, food resource management, and other related topics to low- income adults, youth and families in Knox County. Nutrition education in the SNAP-Ed Program emphasizes a series of nutrition and physical activity classes based on the USDA’s MY PLATE food guide and curriculum. These classes reinforce Creating Healthy Communities’ vision to make the healthy choice the easy choice through our classes and goals. The goal of SNAP-Ed is to create healthy behavioral change and we hope to work with the local elementary schools, The Winter Sanctuary, Interchurch, The Salvation Army, Opportunity Knox, and other organizations. If you would like to schedule classes, please contact Tanner Cooper-Risser at 740-397-0401 ext. 1308 or he can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like more information on SNAP-Ed you can also go to http://fcs.osu.edu/programs/nutrition/snap-ed to learn all about the program!