Photo Caption: Carly Bolton and Cathy Patterson discuss which activities burn more calories with Ruth Sebaly at the Oakwood Healthcare booth at Trenton Summer Festival.
The Trenton Healthy Community Coalition made its debut at the Trenton Summer Festival this past June, educating visitors on activities that burn the most calories for weight loss.
They gave away odometers and the grand prize of a fit bit provided by Mayor Kyle Stack.
Oakwood’s health community initiatives are the outgrowth of a 2013 area needs assessment that was done to determine what the key health needs are in the communities surrounding Oakwood facilities. The main areas of concern set to be tackled by the Trenton group include access to health care, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and obesity.
Ruth Sebaly serves as the coalition’s chairwoman and also serves as project manager for healthy communities at Oakwood Hospital. Other members of the coalition’s leadership are Mayor Kyle Stack, Parks and Recreation Director Joann Gonyea and Betty Priskorn of Oakwood Healthcare.
Trenton residents are invited to get involved with the program. The main coalition group meets once a month along with four workgroups throughout the month. These groups include a communications group that is tasked with getting the message out to the community along with promoting healthy events and activities through social media.
There is also a school group that is in charge of making students, parents and educators aware and involved with healthy choices available at the schools.
The community group works with various Trenton groups to partner on healthy initiatives, such as members who want to provide an exercise partner or the Fun Run/Healthy Expo held in May with St. Paul Lutheran Church.
There is also a worksite group that has been formed to incorporate healthy options at local workplaces. The Trenton Trib for example has organized a “Steps and Stories” walking group that walks three miles or (6,000 steps) downtown and through Elizabeth Park every Tuesday at 11 a.m.
Other businesses are welcome to promote their healthy initiatives with the group and restaurants are being asked to provide Health Trenton choices on their menus that will be promoted on the coalition’s media materials. Trenton businesses are asked to get creative and get Healthy!
A Healthy Trenton website should be launched next month. Officials said the site will provide a comprehensive resource where residents and businesses can get information about upcoming events, as well as find a multitude of resources to help them with their efforts to achieve a healthier lifestyle.
The group also has a Facebook page to help provide information to residents. Facebook users can find it by searching “Healthy Trenton” or with this address: www.facebook.com/groups/HealthyTrenton