Richland FIT is the umbrella under which a lot of programs are happening in our community. Richland County Public Health received two grants which has allowed them to hire 2 full-time Health Educators to coordinate the initiative.
The Wisconsin Partnership Program Grant is a privately funded grant from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. The objectives of this grant are:
- Implement a comprehensive Farm to School Program in the Richland School District
- Implement Nutrition Prescription process in the Richland Medical Center
- Conduct Food for Life Cooking Class in conjunction with the Nutrition Prescription protocol
- Increase access to health food by making the Richland Area Farmers Market EBT accessible
- Develop and train area youth in advocacy skills and create a youth group focused on healthy living
The Transform Wisconsin Active Communities Grant is a federally funded grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The objectives of this grant are:
- Implement the Core 4+ Active Schools Strategies in the local schools
- Update or create new Recreational Use Policies in schools that comply with the Open Gym Act and increase access to public spaces for recreation.
Most recently we have pulled together a community coalition of volunteers who share in the passion of making Richland County a healthier place to live. The Coalition will be able to expand on the work being done through the grants and also organize events and programs they want to see happen.