“A healthy choice is the easy choice,” says Sarah Ross, facilitator for THRIVE! Southern Lorain County. One of THRIVE!’s key missions is to introduce the public to “healthy menu options" at select area restaurants.
Sarah and Christine Buzaleski, owner of Bread-N-Brew in Wellington, have teamed up to make this a reality soon. “Christine is totally committed to not only offering her customers a delicious variety of fresh foods, but giving them healthy options, as well,” adds Sarah.
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Water First for Thirst
What Is “Water First for Thirst”?
Water First for Thirst (WFFT) is a program created by the Columbus Public Health Department and adopted by THRIVE! Partner Lorain County General Health District. Its aim is to educate the public about why water should be their first beverage of choice.
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News to come!
News to come!
Plans for McCormick Park Under Way
With the generous support of THRIVE! and United Way of Greater Lorain County, the Village of Wellington has hired landscape architectural firm Brubeck Design Studio to design the 4.64-acre park formerly occupied by McCormick Middle School on Route 58. With a projected opening of June 2018, the space will be a “green” or “passive” park known primarily for its natural attractions, rather than for sports.
Possible features of the park include a gazebo for live bands and other gatherings, a playground with equipment, a picnic area, walks and a hydration station. It will also be the future home of the Wellington Farmers’ Market.
In the months to come the McCormick Planning Committee will hold a “naming contest” for the public to name the new park.
Well-Help Food Pantry
Summer Food Programs Are a Great Success!
“Families are definitely taking advantage of Wellington school vouchers and THRIVE! coupons for use at the Wellington Farmers’ Market. The summer food programs have been a great success,” says Bernie Raab, who has been director of the Well-Help food pantry in Wellington for the past 13 years.
In late spring of this year, the Wellington Exempted Village School District sent letters to parents whose children were eligible for free lunches at local schools. Once the parents presented the letters to Well-Help, they could pick up a $20 voucher for each child and use it to purchase food at the Village Market. The voucher program is valid for the months of June, July and August.
To supplement the program and to encourage people to eat healthier, THRIVE! Southern Lorain County has made $10 coupons available to the same families – up to the first 33 who request them – to purchase fresh produce and other items at the Wellington Farmers’ Market. The coupons are valid until the Market ends on Friday, October 13. Great going, Bernie!