Seeing a need in the community, the Leipsic Community Center developed the 5K & 4 Courses program to address the need for a local, health-oriented, productive after-school program that is free for underprivileged youth in the Leipsic community.
The lives of 14 Leipsic youth, in grades 6-12, were changed when they had the opportunity to participate in the 5K & 4 Courses program, which would teach them how to set goals, work hard, and live a healthier lifestyle. The program focuses on training children to run a 5K race while also teaching them healthy eating habits, cooking methods, and the importance of good nutrition.
Before the 5K & 4 Courses program, many of the participating youth had low self-esteem because of their background or socioeconomic status, and some were known to argue or fight in school. Two girls in particular brought their dislike for one another into the program, which was quickly recognized by staff. The girls received a pep talk about the importance of getting past their differences and how to support and encourage one another. A friendship between the two eventually formed. They began running together and offering each other words of encouragement during class, which was a significant milestone.
The program also taught the kids how to prepare and serve a four-course meal for themselves and their families. Several of the kids had never even held a knife before their first healthy cooking class. Over time, the children became knowledgeable and productive in the kitchen, learned how to read a recipe, and how to properly chop fruits and vegetables. By the end of the class, all of the kids felt comfortable in the kitchen.
Funding for this program, provided by The HealthPath Foundation of Ohio, was used to provide healthy snacks for kids each day, pay for their 5K race registration, provide incentives for kids that showed leadership qualities with other participants and promote the program to families in the community.
In addition, a local running club, the Ottawa-Glandorf Run Club, donated running shoes for the kids in the program. Club members were so moved by the 5K & 4 Courses program that they also donated their time to come in and speak with the kids about why they run and what encourages them to continue running. They frequently ran with the kids, too. According to Kristen Pickens, director at the Leispic Community Center, “What turned out as a need to get the kids running shoes, turned into a wonderful partnership.”
After spending eight weeks in the program, the kids were empowered to believe in themselves and learned the value in working together as a team with their classmates. Not only did the 5K & 4 Courses program reap a 53 percent increase in exercising habits among the 14 children, it also saw an 18 percent increase in those who considered themselves happier.
The 5K & 4 Courses program has been noticed by other counties and has inspired them to adopt similar programs in their local community centers. Additionally, participants shared their experiences with friends and families. At the first program’s completion, the Leipsic Community Center’s 5K & 4 Courses program has reached far more than just 14 people.
To learn more about the program and Leipsic Community Center, visit www.theleipsiccenter.org.
Unfortunately, this was not Sydney’s first experience with abuse. She was sexually abused from age four to age eight and emotionally abused by her father for many years. This abuse led Sydney to her teenage years, making the behavior of her current relationship seem completely normal.
Sydney’s boyfriend made promises he never kept and continually harassed her and made her feel worthless. He became physically abusive during their senior year of high school. He shoved, pushed and tackled Sydney while they were at school. After cornering her in the hall one day, screaming in her face, Sydney decided she had had enough. She finally stood up for herself, filed a restraining order, and attended a support group with Crossroads Crisis Center where she learned how to identify abusive relationships and
what a healthy relationship looks like.
According to Crossroads Crisis Center, 25% of high school students have experienced physical violence in dating relationships. Crossroads Crisis Center, located in Lima, Ohio, aims to enhance safety for survivors of domestic violence and their children by educating, advocating for and empowering individuals in Hardin and Allen counties. Crossroads Crisis Center’s programs include two safe emergency shelters, peer support groups, educational programs, economic empowerment programs, and a special focus on teen dating violence.
“We help survivors become self-sufficient and not feel like their only option is to return to their hurtful relationships,” said Emily Wrencher, executive director, Crossroads Crisis Center. “We’re able to offer them support during difficult and trying times. Our focus of teenage dating violence is important because we feel teenagers in our community need an outlet to learn about the warning signs of an abusive relationship, how to be in a healthy relationship, and how to help someone they might know who is being abused.”
With funding provided by the HealthPath Foundation of Ohio, Crossroads Crisis Center has been able to implement three successful initiatives this summer through a storytelling project to highlight the issues with teen dating violence. The initiatives included:
(October 21, 2016) - The HealthPath Foundation of Ohio is hosting two Pre-Application Workshops to discuss our Community Connections funding opportunity for 2017.
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Volunteers Needed to Review Proposals
Volunteers on our Community Connections Grant Proposal Review Committees will make recommendations about which projects to fund, learn more about community efforts, and network with others in their regions.
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Please join us as we announce HealthPath's 2017 Community Connections grantees and the 2017 Community Connector Award winner.
At the luncheon, you will hear from Keynote Speaker TaKeysha Sheppard Cheney. She serves at the director of Community Engagement for Molina Healthcare of Ohio, a subsidiary of a FORTUNE 500, multi-state health care organization that arranges for the delivery of health care services to individuals and families who receive their care through Medicaid, Medicare and other government-funded programs. As director, Cheney oversees strategic community partnerships and sponsorships that ultimately contribute to enrollment growth and the engagement of current members.
Following the luncheon, meet colleagues and learn more about who is working in the issue areas and counties you are interested in during a brief networking session.
Breakout Sessions - 1:45-3:25 p.m.
You won't want to miss participating in three concurrent, small group sessions. Designed to help grantees and future applicants with their community engagement, attendees will have the opportunity to learn about:
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(CINCINNATI, February 16, 2017) — The Community Connector Award recognizes an individual or pair of individuals who have dedicated their time and efforts to give all Ohioans the opportunity to achieve their fullest health potential.
In 2012, The HealthPath Foundation of Ohio launched our Community Connections initiative to engage more organizations and people within our service area through grants, community programs, and volunteer opportunities. In this spirit of connecting communities to the resources they need to be healthier, HealthPath has created the Community Connector Award.
Eligibility for the Community Connector Award
Nominees for the Community Connector Award must:
HealthPath Board members, staff, grantees, and community members may nominate a person or team of up to two people for the Community Connector Award. Nominations will be accepted online. The deadline is Wednesday, April 5, 2017.
The nomination will ask for:
HealthPath will create a selection panel to review the nominations and select the award winner. The winner will be notified on April 14, 2017.
The Community Connectors will be honored at the Community Connections Luncheon on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. The Community Connector(s) will receive an individual recognition plaque and will designate an operating support grant of $2,500 to the nonprofit organization of their choice. The nonprofit must work in one of HealthPath’s result areas and predominantly serve at least one of HealthPath’s 36 counties.
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CINCINNATI (October 7, 2014) – The HealthPath Foundation of Ohio (HPF-Ohio) awarded its 2014 Community Connector Award to Kathy King, Guardian ad Litem and Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Manager for ProKids in Cincinnati. The award was presented at the Foundation’s annual Community Connections Luncheon on October 3.
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