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, Jessica Erdman – Page County Public Health, Elaine Farwell – Clarinda Chamber of Commerce, Beckie Finch – Clarinda Foundation, Rhonda Grebert – Page County Public Health, Andrew Hoppmann – Clarinda Lied Public Library, Greg Jones – Clarinda Regional Health Center, Merideth Maranville – Cornerstone Bank, Gary McClarnon – City of Clarinda, Carson Riedel – Clarinda Lied Center, Kelli Wilmes – Clarinda Regional Health Center.

Since the pandemic, libraries have come up with lots of ways to get involved virtually. Take a look at a few of the possibilities! #WellmarkHealthyHometown. For more information, click HERE.

– 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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