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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. #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 email@example.com. 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!
The shortest route to better health comes in small steps rather than giant leaps. Little changes are easier than big ones, yet add up to great improvements over time. Each small step is movement in a healthier direction and far better than grand goals that prove too ambitious to attain. Here are 10 small steps to get you on the road to good health.
1. Take a 5-minute walk. Take a five-minute walk during your lunch break. Almost everyone can walk for this short time period. Next week increase it to ten minutes.
2. Give yourself a lift. Lifting a hardcover book or a 2 lb.weight a few times a day can help tone your arm muscles. When that becomes a breeze, move on to heavier items.
3. Eat one extra fruit or vegetable a day. Fruits and vegetables, packed with fiber and phytochemicals, taste good, and are good for everything from your brain to your bowels.
4. Make breakfast count. Start the day with some fruit and a serving of whole grains, like oatmeal, bran flakes, or whole-wheat toast.
5. Stop drinking your calories. Cutting out just one sugar-sweetened soda or calorie-laden latte can easily save you 100 or more calories a day. Over a year, that can translate into a 10-pound weight loss.
6. Have a handful of nuts. Try grabbing a handful of heart healthy walnuts, almonds, or peanuts instead of chips or cookies when you need a snack.
7. Sample the fruits of the sea. Eat fish or other types of seafood once a week instead of red meat .Seafood is good for the heart, the brain, and the waistline.
8. Breathe deeply. Try breathing slowly and deeply for a few minutes daily. It can help you relax. Slow, deep breathing may also help lower blood pressure.
9. Wash your hands often. Scrubbing up with soap and water often during the day is a great way to protect your heart and health. The flu, pneumonia, and other infections can be very hard on the heart.
10. Count your blessings. Take a moment each day to acknowledge the blessings in your life and to start tapping into other positive emotions. These have been linked with better health, longer life, and a greater well-being, just as their opposites — chronic anger, worry, and hostility — contribute to high blood pressure and heart disease.
Don’t give up. Getting healthier is a minute-by-minute process. It’s all about small choices you make throughout the day. Be confident that you can make a healthier choice, and don’t be hard on yourself even if it takes a while to get with the program.
Crunch Out Obesity begins in all county elementary schools on Monday, October 3rd. Nearly 650 elementary school students will be “getting on the ball”... the exercise ball that is! Area 4th graders (and Centerburg 3rd graders) will be learning how to use an exercise ball as a fitness tool during physical education class. During the 6 week Crunch Out Obesity program, students also learn about good nutrition, making healthy eating choices, and the importance of daily physical activity. Families are encouraged to learn and practice 5-2-1-0 and discover fun ways to get moving with their children.
Approximately 30% of children living in Knox County are currently overweight or obese. The longer that children are overweight the more likely they are to be overweight into adulthood. Research suggests that the best way to change a behavior is to teach a skill and then provide students with the opportunity to practice that skill. That is what Crunch Out Obesity does for Knox County youth.
Crunch out Obesity Partners include: Knox Community Hospital, Knox County Health Department, YMCA of Mount Vernon, gethealthyknox.org, St. Vincent’s and all the county schools. Lisa Rutter at United Way is the program’s coordinator and is happy to answer your questions about Crunch Out Obesity.
Here’s what past participants have told us about Crunch Out Obesity:
“The Crunch Out Obesity program has changed my life a lot.”
“This amazing Crunch Out Obesity program has helped me to do amazing new exercises that I have never done before.”
“The Crunch Out Obesity program helped my arm muscles because I used my fitness ball while watching TV.”
“Through the Crunch Out Obesity program, I learned that staying fit is important for lifelong health.”
“This program not only made me healthier, it also helped me do better in school, and in life.”
“This program got me moving and exercising more than I have ever been before.”
“The Crunch Out Obesity program changed my life. I was eating candy and junk food, and now I am eating healthy, and that makes me proud.”
“I now eat healthy and exercise, so now I will live a long and happy life. Thank you Crunch Out Obesity.”
“The Crunch Out Obesity program helped me decide to play basketball for the first time. Thank you for that. I love basketball, it is now my favorite sport.”