healthy hometown initiative

What is a healthy hometown? It’s more than residents running 5Ks or adopting the latest and greatest diet fad. It’s about creating sustainable, adoptable lifestyle changes. It’s citizens coming together to make the healthy choice the easy choice. And, Clarinda is working to do just that.

The Clarinda Chamber of Commerce organization spearheaded participation in the Healthy Hometown Initiative powered by Wellmark in June, 2019. The Chamber has facilitated several visioning and master planning meetings throughout the year.

The following is a list of the current Clarinda Healthy Hometown Initiative Steering Committee members:  Chris Bergman-Clarinda Community Schools, Danielle Briggs-Southwest Iowa Planning Council, Elissa Brockman-reedesigns and Taylor Pharmacy, Jessica Erdman-Page County Public Health, Elaine Farwell-Clarinda Chamber of Commerce, Molly Gilmore-Clarinda Regional Health Center,  Pam Herzberg-Clarinda Foundation, Andrew Hoppmann-Clarinda Lied Public Library, Greg Jones-Clarinda Regional Health Center, Gary McClarnon-City of Clarinda, Cassie McNees-Clarinda Chamber of Commerce, Brandy Powers-Page County Public Health, and Renee Riedel-Clarinda Economic Development Corporation. 

– Water Access along Clarinda trail

– Education & Engagement
– Walking School Bus
– Walking Audit 

– Establish Tobacco-Free/Nicotine-Free Places

Clarinda has taken the first steps to become a healthy community through Healthy Hometown Powered by Wellmark. Healthy Hometown works with participants to identify easy-to-implement tactics that help communities thrive. There are three tracks, or areas of focus, that residents can focus on to make improvements. Those areas are: Eat Well, Move More, and Feel Better. And, that’s just the beginning!


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