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We Can work group gets updates in initiatives

POSTED: June 7, 2010 1:27 p.m.
Community leaders whose organizations are participating in the countywide We Can! health initiative met Tuesday to provide progress reports on how they’re integrating the curriculum into community activities.
Shirley Frasier, representing Fort Stewart’s Winn Army Community Hospital, informed the group of upcoming school health screenings on post, scheduled for July 17 and Aug. 21. “We’re working on some sort of physical activity for the children to participate in,” Frasier said.
Deidre Howell, administrator for the Liberty County Health Department, offered to supply toys and other equipment for the event, and also to help produce flyers once details became available.
Additionally, Frasier said, Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield have partnered with the commissary to provide tours as part of a We Can! parenting program. A nutritionist will help parents identify healthful food choices for their families as part of a four-week series of classes.
Leah Poole with United Way and the Hinesville Area Arts Council said the arts council is looking into providing healthy cooking classes for county residents; Poole’s Deli may serve as the location for the classes, she said.
The business community is also showing an interest in incorporating We Can! programming into its workforce education; Poole said Target has expressed an interest in working with We Can! to develop an employee health fair.
Howell reported that work continues on developing a community calendar that will list all We Can! activities for children, adults and families; additionally, youth etiquette expert Corinne Gregory, author of “Social Smarts” has offered to present her program to area children later this summer.
For more information on incorporating We Can! curriculum or participating in related community activities, contact Howell at 912-876-2173.

 

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