BLOOD PRESSURE KITS
AT HERRICK MEMORIAL LIBRARY
Just in time for February's “Heart Awareness Month,” Herrick Memorial Library will start a program to loan blood pressure cuffs to the public in exactly the same way books, DVDs and other materials are checked out. Taking one’s blood pressure and keeping track of numbers helps individuals monitor their heart health. THRIVE! is underwriting the cost of two blood pressure cuffs, as well as the printing of labels for kits, flyers and business cards that promote the program at Herrick.
Thanks to Main Street Wellington, these decals will be placed in the store windows of downtown Wellington companies that have agreed to be Bike-Friendly Businesses, offering water, shelter in bad weather and bathroom usage to bikers and pedestrians. THRIVE! funded the decals.
WELL-HELP HOLIDAY FOOD BOXES
In keeping with our mission to improve area residents' nutrition, THRIVE! purchased fresh apples for Christmas, potatoes for Thanksgiving and carrots for Easter food boxes at the Well-Help Food Pantry, along with yummy recipes prepared by our Registered Dietitian, Libby Showalter.
ST. PATRICK'S HELPING HANDS FOOD PANTRY
St. Patrick’s Helping Hands Food Pantry is Wellington’s newest food distribution center, and THRIVE! donated money to fund the Pantry's Dinner Bag program for three months. A Dinner Bag was a meal in a bag, complete with the recipe and all the ingredients. St. Patrick's is currently serving about 60 families a month.
FREE FUSION CLASSES BY DEB LANSMAN
This past summer through the fall, THRIVE! invited City Fresh to provide "shares" of delicious fresh produce to the community. People who purchased shares found the program successful, and we'll let you know whether City Fresh will return this summer!
FARM MARKET BUS TRIPS
To encourage senior citizens to eat more fresh fruit and vegetables, the Lorain County Office on Aging-Southern Satellite Office sponsored free bus trips for them to farm markets. The bus trips were tremendously successful, and participants thoroughly enjoyed the free, delicious lunches paid for by THRIVE!
Partnering with the Lorain County Office on Aging again, THRIVE! funded the materials for building garden boxes that were distributed to 25 families in the area. As one joyful gardener put it: “I can’t get down to plant anymore so this garden gave me the opportunity to keep up my love of gardening. My tomatoes were wonderful, Swiss chard a treat, as were the chives."
THE NEW PARK HAS BEEN NAMED!
The Village of Wellington heard from the community, and the new park, located on former McCormick Middle School grounds, is now named Union School Park! Plans for the park include a grand entrance with a fountain; a handsome bandstand complete with bathrooms; a playground; and a walking path circling the entire park that is approximately one mile. THRIVE! funded Brubeck Design Studio's design of the park.
WATER FIRST FOR THIRST
THRIVE! promoted the “Water First for Thirst”campaign at schools in Wellington. Hydration stations, partially funded by THRIVE!, were installed in Westwood Elementary, McCormick Middle School and Wellington High School. The Water First for Thirst campaign was also conducted at LCCC-Wellington Center. THRIVE! donated bottles of branded water to the ADAS "Voices for Recovery" 5K Family Run and Walk. Over 200 runners participated.
HEALTHY MENU OPTIONS
The “healthy menu options” campaign of Bread-N-Brew Restaurant and THRIVE! has been an outstanding success. Dishes that focus on reduced fat, lower sodium and with more fruits and vegetables are highlighted on the menu with a bright green apple next to them.