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Sep 17
Building Community Partnerships

The mission of Live Well Geary County is to promote healthier behaviors in the community. Results from the Community Perception Survey showed only 33.7% of respondents thought there were sufficient opportunities for physical activity in Geary County. LWGC determined that the initial focus of their Pathways activities should be active living. LWGC chose to partner with the I.C.A.R.E. Center, a non-profit organization established to provide interactions between youth and senior citizens, on their on-going initiative to install multi-generational fitness playground equipment in City-owned Playground Park. The project appealed to the coalition because it met the goals of promoting active living and providing increased opportunities for physical activity to the general public. 

The plan for the multi-generational exercise area included installing five to six pieces of equipment, for basic muscular building, that would be wheelchair and handicap accessible. Vickie Bobbitt, I.C.A.R.E. Center Executive Director said, “this inclusive fitness environment invites adults of “all abilities" to work out together. Parents can work out while their kids play on the playground, and older adults can add a fitness routine to their daily walks. It's a wonderful way to increase park usage and increase health awareness in the community."  Although some funds had been raised, additional monies were needed for the playground's poured rubber foundation, a major portion of the project. LWGC encouraged I.C.A.R.E. to submit a Resident-Community Well Being Implementation grant for $30,749 for the foundation and one-piece of equipment.

I.C.A.R.E. received the grant and because they were able to show progress in obtaining funding for the foundation they were able to raise the remaining amount through donations in a very short period of time. Therefore the timeline for the playground was moved up, the equipment has been ordered, installation is scheduled for early September and a Kick-Off Pathways to Fitness event that will include a community race, and dedication of the multi-generational fitness area is scheduled for September 15, 2018. LWGC through funding from BCBSKS Pathways to a Healthy Kansas is very proud to be part of this initiative to encourage physical activity in the area. LWGC didn’t have to create a new project to achieve success in their Pathways endeavors. Through communication and understanding what was going on in the community they were able to identify an exciting opportunity to provide a big impact in the community in by partnering another agency on an existing initiative. 


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