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Live Well Omaha – Digest April 2, 2014

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TWEET OF THE WEEK
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Congrats @OmahaPubSchool for your new easy-to-navigate website. Great resource for parents & students! #HealthyOmaha @LiveWellOmaha

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WINTER BICYCLE CHALLENGE
The Winter Bike Challenge just wrapped up. Here’s the final numbers:
Participants: 117 riders
Miles Ridden: 54,409
Calories Burned: 3,000,000+

Congratulations to everyone who participated! And stay tuned for info on the summer challenge later this month and the annual Mayors’ Bike Ride!

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NEWS > KTVO
“Missouri Senate endorses healthy eating program”
LINK > http://bit.ly/1hATuJt

NEWS > BOSTON GLOBE
“New city program lets doctors ‘prescribe’ bike-sharing memberships”
LINK > http://b.globe.com/1gIQzj9

NEWS > MOMENTUM MAGAZINE
“Is Bicycling a Form of Preventive Health Care?”
LINK > http://bit.ly/1ltvV9j

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Douglas County – General Info.
April is National County Government Awareness Month. Attached is the Douglas County’s “Did You Know” series with the public and media – please print, post, share, do whatever you can to spread the word!

http://livewellomaha.org/douglas-county-nebraska-general-information/

STD Awareness Month – Get Yourself Tested
April is STD Awareness Month – that’s means it’s time to “Get Yourself Tested” and raise awareness about Sexually Transmitted Diseases. Douglas County continues to experience a high rate of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and while some progress has been made, the need to continue testing and treatment remains strong.

http://www.douglascountyhealth.com/latest-news/392-std-awareness-month-get-yourself-tested-

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Below is a link to the Metro website for information regarding an on-line survey to gauge feedback on the guiding principles presented at their first public meetings regarding Metro route changes. Please share with your constituents and feel free to set-up a link on your websites. The link also allows for review of materials presented at that first meeting, for those who could not attend.

http://www.ometro.com/news/proposed-transit-system-changes

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FACEBOOK RECOMMENDATION > Douglas County Health Department

“Our responsibility is the health and safety of the residents of Douglas County, giving particular attention to those who cannot otherwise afford services.”

Consider following them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Douglas-County-Health-Department/390572354389063

For more info, check out their website: http://www.douglascountyhealth.com/

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Douglas County, Nebraska – General Information

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April is National County Government Awareness Month. Attached is the Douglas County’s  “Did You Know” series with the public and media – please print, post, share, do whatever you can to spread the word

General County Information

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Community Gardens Now Accepting New Gardeners

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Dozens of community gardens across the metro are now accepting new gardeners. The increase in the local foods movement led to a boom for gardening in Omaha – and the community gardens have given those who are renters, have shaded properties, or new urban farmers the opportunity to grow their own fruits and vegetables.

The Douglas County Health Department created and leads the local community garden network. Their website has a feature which includes a map of all community gardens and farmers markets. Visitors simply type in their address and a map will show them their neighborhood gardens and markets. http://www.douglascounty-ne.gov/gardens/community-garden-info

For those with extra land and an interest in starting a community garden, the network has formed an online toolkit, which includes most of the information and answers nearly all questions about the details of forming a garden. http://www.douglascounty-ne.gov/gardens/start-a-community-garden

The benefits of community garden are great, including:

  • Access to nutritious fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Money savings by growing and consuming your own food.
  • Physical activity of gardening. According to the CDC “…You can burn 150 calories by gardening (standing) for approximately 30-45 minutes.”
  • A way to meet and socialize with others in a fun, friendly way.
  • Decreased crime. Criminals tend to avoid neighborhoods when people are outside, being active, and know each other.
  • Increase property values of surrounding homes.
  • A sense of pride for the gardeners (belonging to the organization) and for the neighbors.

 

For more information about community gardening, visit http://www.douglascounty-ne.gov/gardens/

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Farmers Market Comes To Your Office Door…well, sort of

Categories: Food
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Businesses support local farmers as they prepare for growing season

The growing season provides opportunities for organizations to start or enhance wellness programs by making it easier for employees to have access to healthy foods.

Fresh vegetables and fruit; meat, eggs, cheese and bread can be delivered to businesses through CSAs – or community supported agriculture. That refers to a venture in which individuals or businesses pre-order to buy a “share” from a local farmer.

It is growing in popularity among employees.

“More than 125 of our employees recently expressed interest in having a farmers market program at the office for the convenience of getting weekly produce delivered to our organization. Since I didn’t know much about CSAs, I am grateful to have access to the resources from the Douglas County Health Department, Partners for a Healthy City and WELCOM to get our CSA program started,” said Lori Thomas, wellness coordinator at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska.

Aaron Johnson, project designer at Lamp, Rynearson and Associates, encouraged his organization to add the farmers market idea to its wellness program last summer. He said the experience was great for employees and his family.

“When a unique-looking vegetable arrived in my weekly produce bag, it reminded me of my grandmother. I used to eat kohlrabis from her garden but hadn’t tasted one in a long time, and I remembered how much I loved to eat them,” said Johnson.

Each week, CSA members receive a bag of produce, eggs, cheese, meat or bread (depending on the type of share purchased). Each bag also comes with recipe ideas for preparing the items. Depending on the selected program, the food arrives either at your office or a nearby designated pick-up location.

“When businesses implement a CSA, it is a tremendous way to build a healthy culture in your organization, support local agriculture and show that you care about the health of your employees and their families,” said Laura Feyerherm, project coordinator for Partners for a Health City, in collaboration with the Douglas County Health Department and the Wellness Council of the Midlands (WELCOM).

Thomas said employees who participate in wellness programs are more productive and happy both at work and at home.

“We have noticed that employees are healthier and more engaged in their life. The addition of a CSA not only adds immense value to our wellness programs but also gives back to the community,” she added.

CSA programs are just one of the resources available to organizations through the Partners for a Healthy City effort, in partnership with the Live Well Omaha: Douglas County Putting Prevention to Work initiative.

“In addition to bringing in locally grown food, CSAs provide critical support to local farmers who benefit from the upfront commitment that helps them invest in seeds, equipment and labor,” said Amy Yaroch, Ph.D., Executive Director, Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition.

That’s why staff of the Partners for a Healthy City initiative wants to encourage businesses to consider signing up for a CSA. Vouchers are available to help offset the cost of the CSA shares.

The Douglas County Health Department encourages individuals to talk to their employer or organization about their interest in CSAs.

For many farmers, the deadline to sign up for CSAs is March 30th. If your company wants assistance in joining a CSA, contact Laura Feyerherm, Partners for a Healthy City, at 402-934-5795. You also can learn more at www.partnersforahealthycity.org

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LWO Digest – March 12, 2014

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TWEET OF THE WEEK
Please tweet this to your Twitter followers:

@SmokeFreeUNO – Keep up the fight to make @UNOmaha a smoke-free campus! #HealthyOmaha @LiveWellOmaha

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NEWS > OMAHA WORLD-HERALD
“UNO dorm fire brings more attention to coming vote on potential campus smoking ban”
LINK > http://www.omaha.com/article/20140306/NEWS/140309066/1685#uno-dorm-fire-brings-more-attention-to-coming-vote-on-potential-campus-smoking-ban

Follow them on Twitter > https://twitter.com/SmokeFreeUNO
Follow them on Facebook > https://www.facebook.com/smokefreeuno#some-free-uno-facebook-page
NEWS > THE NEW YORK TIMES
“Use of Public Transit in U.S. Reaches Highest Level Since 1956, Advocates Report”

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/10/us/use-of-public-transit-in-us-reaches-highest-level-since-1956-advocates-report.html?_r=3

NEWS: LOS ANGELES TIMES
“What Makes a Community Healthy?”

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-healthcare-disparity-20140309-dto,0,6819297.htmlstory?eid=%25%25__AdditionalEmailAttribute1%25%25#axzz2vZb9ZwaV

NEWS: OMAHA WORLD-HERALD
“Obama gives funny interview to plug Affordable Care Act”

http://www.omaha.com/article/20140311/LIVEWELL26/140319729/1685#obama-gives-funniest-interview-ever-to-plug-affordable-care-act

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FACEBOOK RECOMMENDATION > Greater Omaha Young Professionals

Consider following them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/omahayp

For more info, check out their website: http://omahayp.org/

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LWO Digest – March 5, 2014

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Live Well Omaha “Ambassador”

I hope you’ve been enjoying receiving this weekly email digest of news, advocacy, and tips. For us to make Omaha the healthiest city it can be, we need your help. Please take just five minutes each week to read over the digest items. Share the ones you find interesting with your coworkers, friends, family, in your newsletters, online, through social media, etc. This movement toward a healthier community is happening. And communicating exciting things like these will inspire others.

Thank you for all you do!

Anne Meysenburg
Live Well Omaha

 

TWEET OF THE WEEK
Please tweet this to your Twitter followers:

Be sure to check out the @LiveWellOmaha organized #ypat14 session (Breakout 3B) at the @OmahaYP #YPsummit on Thursday. #HealthyOmaha

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TOOL > PRODUCT CALCULATOR
Is Your Snack a Smart Snack?
Take the guesswork out of nutrition guidelines with the new Alliance for a Healthier Generation Smart Snacks Product Calculator! Simply enter the product information, answer a few questions, and determine whether your snack, side or entrée item meets the new USDA Smart Snacks in School Guidelines. You can also add a link to the Product Calculator to your website. Click the button below to launch the Product Calculator.
LINK > https://schools.healthiergeneration.org/focus_areas/snacks_and_beverages/smart_snacks/product_calculator/

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SAMSUNG “SOLVE FOR TOMORROW” CONTEST
Samsung started the Solve for Tomorrow education contest, giving schools across the U.S. the opportunity to raise interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) subjects among students by awarding their schools with a share of more than $2 million in technology products. Omaha’s own King Science & Technology Magnet Center is a finalist in the competition. Please consider voting to support their efforts!

PROJECT INFORMATION
King Science and Technology Magnet School’s project idea is for students to study and maintain an aquaponic system and make regular donations to their local homeless shelter to help combat the lack of fresh produce donated to those who need it most. Aquaponics is a form of farming that utilizes fish waste to provide nutrients to a soilless grow bed. Students will not only gain an understanding of the science behind an aquaponic system (Nitrogen Cycle, aquaculture, animal care and life cycles) but also how to communicate their learning through the use of digital media and public presentations. Their efforts to keep the systems running will allow them to harvest more produce more often to donate to the local homeless shelter. Their understanding of the system also allows them to share their knowledge of sustainable farming with elementary children and encourage healthy eating habits.

SCHOOL INFORMATION
King Science and Technology Magnet Center educates future leaders while offering exciting classes and opportunities to electrify learning for diverse students in grades 5 through 8. Curriculum focuses on the three magnet themes of inquiry, technology and service learning to engage students in 21st century leadership development.

VOTE HERE >

http://www.samsung.com/us/solvefortomorrow/projects/growing-and-donating-fresh-produce.html

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NEWS > OMAHA WORLD-HERALD
“UNK students approve becoming tobacco-free campus”
LINK > http://www.livewellnebraska.com/article/20140228/LIVEWELL26/140309998/1161#unk-students-approve-becoming-tobacco-free-campus

NEWS > ASSOCIATED PRESS
“Older Americans are early winners under health law”

http://news.yahoo.com/older-americans-early-winners-under-health-law-154218092.html

OP-ED > Omaha World Herald
“Legislation would save money, lives” by Rebecca Gould

http://www.omaha.com/article/20140227/NEWS08/140228883/1678#midlands-voices-legislation-would-save-money-lives

BLOG > Together Counts
“Halting the Rise of Obesity by 2020″

http://blog.togethercounts.com/halting-the-rise-of-obesity-by-2020/

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EVENT > Metro (Omaha Transit) Community Forum
March 4, 5, 6, and 8
Various Locations

Metro is seeking customer and community input as it develops service changes that may include realigning of routes, route frequencies and hours of service by day type (weekday, Saturday and Sunday). More info here:

http://ometro.com/news/community-forum-notice

EVENT > Bicycle Swap Meet and Expo
Sunday, March 9, 2014
11AM – 4PM
College of St. Marys
7000 Mercy Road
Lied Fitness Center
Admission: $5 or $3 with a can of food to be donated to the Heart Ministry food pantry.
Kids under 12, free.

Buy, sell any and all things bike. Bike shops, collectors and private sellers will all be there. Visit information and education kiosks featuring representatives from cycling related charity rides, trails organizations, cycling clubs, urban and long distance self-supported cycling and cycling advocacy organizations.

All proceeds from admission fees support purchase of Fixit bicycle repair stations at several public locations frequented by cyclists in the metro area.
For more information, go to our web site www.omahabicycleexpo.org

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FACEBOOK RECOMMENDATION > Live Well Nebraska

Consider following them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/livewellnebraska

For more info, check out their website: http://www.livewellnebraska.com/

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LWO Digest – February 26, 2014

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TWEET OF THE WEEK
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Congrats to everyone who completed this weekend’s #TrekUpTheTower! @WelcomOmaha #HealthyOmaha

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NOMINATION > Nebraska Safe Community Champions
Safe Community Champions awards are open to all those who are contributing their efforts in safety to the betterment of Nebraska. Nominations are made by members of the community and judged by National Safety Council staff, board and committee members. Recipients will be awarded a trophy and organization recognition at the breakfast, in the Midlands Business Journal Safety and Health Summit edition and on the NSC website.
LINK > http://nscn.igs2.com/safe-home-play/community-safety-champions/

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REPORT > SMART GROWTH AMERICA
“The Best Complete Streets Policies of 2013″
LINK > http://www.smartgrowthamerica.org/complete-streets-2013-analysis

REPORT > ADVOCACY ADVANCE
“Nebraska’s Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) Scorecard Released”
Advocacy Advance counted, coded, and calculated planned bicycle & pedestrian projects listed in the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). How did Nebraska do? Click below to find out!
LINK > http://www.advocacyadvance.org/docs/LiftingTheVeil_Nebraska.pdf

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NEWS > WASHINGTON TIMES
“Bill would fund alternative school breakfasts”
LINK > http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/feb/24/alternative-breakfasts-for-neb-schools-supported/

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EVENT > 2014 Young Professionals Summit
Thursday, March 6
8 a.m – 4:30 p.m.
CenturyLink Center Omaha
More Info > http://omahayp.org/ypsummit/registration/
NOTE: Registration deadline is Thursday, February 27th

 

EVENT > Community Gardening 101
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Adams Park Community Center
3230 John Creighton Blvd.

Learn how to start your own community garden! FREE!
A great project for neighborhood association, churches or anyone who wants to build community and grow produce.

A community garden is a single piece of land, gardened collectively by a group of people or divided into individual/family plots. Over the past few years, Omaha has experienced a huge increase in gardening. People from all corners of the city have come together to grow their own farm-fresh fruits and vegetables. The product of their work is nutritious, natural foods. The by product is a dynamic resurgence of community. Plants are growing and friendships are being formed. Neighbors are getting to know each other while becoming more physically active. Omaha is returning to her original roots of agriculture – now in an urban setting! RSVP to Patty Falcone: (402) 444-7146

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FACEBOOK RECOMMENDATION > Metro Transit Omaha

Consider following them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Metro-Transit-Omaha

For more info, check out their website: http://ometro.com./

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WE CAN HELP SPREAD YOUR NEWS
Please share your news and events with us so we can help you get the word out in the community. Here’s how:

> Submit events for our website at
> http://livewellomaha.org/event-submission/

> Submit news for future issues of the digest to Anne@livewellomaha.org

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LWO Digest – February 21, 2014

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TWEET OF THE WEEK
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@CVS_Extra – We applaud your decision to pull tobacco products from your stores! #HealthyOmaha

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ADVOCACY > Support the Safe Streets Act
LINK > http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/7093/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=16505

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BLOG > Omaha Nutrition Research Center Hires New Scientist, RD
The Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition > http://centerfornutrition.org/2014/02/new-scientist-awarded-rd/

BLOG > CDC > The Power of the Private Sector to Save Lives

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tom-frieden-md-mph/the-power-of-the-private-sector_b_4753312.html?utm_hp_ref=impact&ir=Impact

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NEWS > USA TODAY
“Eating Too Much Added Sugar May Be Killing You”
LINK > http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/02/03/added-sugars-heart-disease-death/5183799/

NEWS > NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO
“It Takes More Than A Produce Aisle To Refresh A Food Desert”
LINK > http://n.pr/1jrNZ1P

NEWS > OMAHA WORLD-HERALD
“To his left, a life of drugs; to his right, a chance to turn it all around”
LINK > http://www.livewellnebraska.com/article/20140209/LIVEWELL01/140208735/1161

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REPORT: ACTIVE KIDS

“Active Kids Are Doing Better at This Rhode Island School”
LINK > Active Kids Are Doing Better at This Rhode Island School

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EVENT > Community Gardening 101

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Adams Park Community Center
3230 John Creighton Blvd.

Learn how to start your own community garden! FREE!
A great project for neighborhood association, churches or anyone who wants to build community and grow produce.

A community garden is a single piece of land, gardened collectively by a group of people or divided into individual/family plots. Over the past few years, Omaha has experienced a huge increase in gardening. People from all corners of the city have come together to grow their own farm-fresh fruits and vegetables. The product of their work is nutritious, natural foods. The by product is a dynamic resurgence of community. Plants are growing and friendships are being formed. Neighbors are getting to know each other while becoming more physically active. Omaha is returning to her original roots of agriculture – now in an urban setting! RSVP to Patty Falcone: (402) 444-7146

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FACEBOOK RECOMMENDATION > The Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition

MISSION: The Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition is an independent research institution providing scientific expertise, partnership and resources to improve diet and physical activity behaviors among youth and their families to help grow a healthier next generation.

Consider following them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CenterforNutrition

For more info, check out their website: http://centerfornutrition.org/

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> Submit news for future issues of the digest to Anne@livewellomaha.org

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Bicycle Swap Meet and Expo Opens the Omaha Cycling Season

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Fixit Station-UNOThe Omaha Pedalers Bicycle Club presents the 2014 Omaha Bicycle Swap Meet and Expo celebrating cycling and heralding the beginning of the cycling season!

 

Buy, sell any and all things bike. Bike shops, collectors and private sellers will all be there.  Visit information and education kiosks featuring representatives  from cycling related charity rides, trails organizations, cycling clubs, urban and long distance self-supported cycling and cycling advocacy organizations.

 

This year, we move to the College of St. Mary’s Lied Fitness Center. Last year was our first swap event and we outgrew our space! With almost 10,000 square feet of bicycle treasure at our new location, you’ll find everything from BMX and mountain bikes, to vintage road and track racing equipment!  Conveniently located on 72nd Street and Mercy Road and adjacent to the Keystone Trail and Aksarben Village, the Lied Fitness Center, just minutes from I-80, has easy access and lots of free parking.

 

Sunday March 9th, 2014
11AM – 4PM
College of St. Mary’s
7000 Mercy Road
Lied Fitness Center

Admission:  $5 or $3 with a can of food to be donated to the Heart Ministry food pantry.
Kids under 12, free.

 

All proceeds from admission fees support purchase of Fixit™ bicycle repair stations at several public locations frequented by cyclists in the metro area.  (What is a Fixit? See attachments)

For more information, go to our web site www.omahabicycleexpo.org

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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: YMCA of Greater Omaha

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the_Y_violet_logoYMCA OF GREATER OMAHA: STRENGTHENING COMMUNITY

 

At the YMCA of Greater Omaha, strengthening community is their cause. They make life changing impact to the children, adults and families they serve through programs that focus on three key areas: youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

 

The Y provides a variety of programs that support educational achievement, alternatives to teen violence, health/wellness, chronic disease programs for diabetics and cancer survivors, child care, summer day camp, water safety, refugee assimilation, homework help, special needs integration and family programs.

 

As an organization, they strive to understand community needs. The Y provides services and programs that cater specifically to the issues our children, families and neighborhoods face. Through crucial partnerships with over 150 not-for-profit agencies, schools and organizations they work hard to reach as many people as possible and making a lasting difference.

 

The Y believes very strongly in partnerships and collaborations with organizations with similar goals and objectives, such as their involvement with Live Well Omaha.

 

“Healthy Living is one of the Y’s important focus areas, and addressing health issues and concerns for the community is a common goal for both Live Well Omaha and the Y,” says Angie Frederick, Vice President of Healthy Living for the YMCA. “Education is key to a healthier community and making kids, families and adults aware of the opportunities for improved nutrition and more physical activity can create change for the better here in Omaha and the surrounding areas.”

 

The YMCA of Greater Omaha is part of the new initiative where all ten locations of their locations are “Bike Friendly Destinations”.  The have partnered with Omaha Bikes and Partners for a Healthy City.  Bike racks have been installed at all Y locations and bicycle repair kits are available at their Welcome Centers. The entire community may utilize the racks and the patch supplies, allowing a safe place to park your bike and everyone the opportunity to make simple repairs to their bicycles.  Shown here are Katlin Wilson, Downtown YMCA Membership Director, and Angie Frederick, Vice President of Healthy Living, with a new bike repair kit.

The YMCA of Greater Omaha is part of the new initiative where all ten locations of their locations are “Bike Friendly Destinations”. The have partnered with Omaha Bikes and Partners for a Healthy City. Bike racks have been installed at all Y locations and bicycle repair kits are available at their Welcome Centers. The entire community may utilize the racks and the patch supplies, allowing a safe place to park your bike and everyone the opportunity to make simple repairs to their bicycles. Shown here are Katlin Wilson, Downtown YMCA Membership Director, and Angie Frederick, Vice President of Healthy Living, with a new bike repair kit.

In addition, the Y is open to all people regardless of their ability to pay for programs and services, and as a result they provide over $1,000,000 of financial assistance each year. This money is raised during the Y’s Strong Communities Campaign, which is currently underway.  By investing in our kids, our health and our neighbors, the YMCA of Greater Omaha ensures that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to thrive—thereby strengthening our community.

 

YMCA of Greater Omaha, established in 1866, is a 501 C 3 not for profit organization. There are 10 locations in the Valley, Omaha, Council Bluffs and Glenwood area. For more information about the YMCA and to contribute to the Strong Communities Campaign, visit www.metroymca.org.

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