January is Radon Action Month
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.
Celebrate Your Plate
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Food For The Hungry
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.
Creating a Bike-Friendly Community
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.
Teen Cooking Program