Adams County: Growing in Health & Wellness

Adams County CHC recognizes Coalition members for their hard work and dedication to Adams County's health & wellness in 2018.

New Healthy Checkout Lane at Prather's IGA

Adams County Creating Healthy Communities Program partners with Prather's IGA to install a new healthy checkout lane.

PYS Park Still a Place to Learn Life Lessons

Peebles Youth Sports Organization partners with many community volunteers and Adams County Creating Healthy Communities Program to keep building park.

Coalition Partnerships are Key to Success

The Adams County Health & Wellness Coalition and Manchester Local School District (MLSD) have partnered for the past five years to bring the Adams County Creating Healthy Communities* (CHC) grant program to Adams County. Through this partnership, great changes that impact health and wellness for families in our county have been accomplished.

The success of a coalition depends on collaboration and partnerships, and the partnership between CHC and Manchester Local School District has been outstanding. MLSD understands and supports the concept that healthy students are better learners and that their staff must be good mentors and role models to their students and therefore have embraced the overall wellness concept. 

In 2018, one focus of the CHC work plan was to promote physical activity strategies that would help to reduce obesity and its risk factors in Adams County. MLSD has been a model collaborative agency to support and provide access to opportunities for active living. 

Jacie Simon, Director of the Manchester Education and Activity Center, stated “Collaboration is the quiet force behind fruition.  We are grateful for the ongoing work by the Adams County CHC program and numerous individuals, in turn helping to better our communities.  When we come together, cool things can happen.” Through the 2018 collaboration between CHC and MLSD, CHC grant monies purchased a new, secured storage building for the grounds of the MLSD campus that will be used to house equipment to maintain the grounds of the MLSD campus, as well as a safe place to store outdoor activity supplies and equipment.

Debbie Ryan, Coordinator for the Adams County Creating Healthy Communities Program, reports that the collaboration with the MLSD Board of Education and MLSD staff has been extraordinary. According to Ryan, “Collaboration is the ability to work together toward a common goal, and the strong CHC and MLSD partnership has been very successful over the course of this grant. MLSD is very progressive and anxious to help make Adams County a healthier place to live, learn, work, worship and play, and I can’t thank them enough for their partnership.” 

Winter 5K

This December, the Peebles Distance Crew will hold the inaugural Adams County Winter 5k! Here’s what you need to know: • Registration is FREE • Registration is open to anyone, of any age, from anywhere • If you or your child is going/or thinking about going, please visit the event’s facebook page at the following link and select going or interested to give us an idea of how many people to plan for: • Bring cash for Snappy Tomato Pizza’s Food Truck • The race will start at 10:00AM, but you should arrive at least before 9:30AM for instructions and be aware that parking will be limited • Reach out if you want to volunteer for the event