5-2-1-0 Grant Awarded to Healthy-Mason City
July 2019 - The Iowa Department of Public Health
(IDPH), Healthiest State Initiative and the United Way of Central Iowa announced an expansion of the "5210 - Healthy Choices Count" campaign. Healthy-Mason City joined three other communities and one county in receiving $17,250.
5-2-1-0 is a nationally recognized childhood obesity prevention program that focuses on the importance of four simple daily habits:
5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables
2 hours or less of screen time
1 hour or more of physical activity; and
0 (or reduce) sugar-sweetened beverages
Research has shown that children who have healthy eating habits, are physically active and spend less time in front of a screen do better in school. Their reading scores improve, they are able to maintain better focus in class and they sleep better.
Since October, a steering committee of local partners has identified and is developing strategies that will be implemented in 2019.
BIKE MC Bike Share Program Launched
The Mason City Active Living and Transportation Commission (ALT-C) launched a new bike share program on May 3, 2018 at Fat Hill Brewing.
The bike share program was a priority goal for the Commission since their inception in March 2016 and promotes MOVING MORE. Steve Schurtz, chair of the ALT-C said, "We hope to increase access to bicycles for residents and visitors for a range of uses, including short trips to run errands, transit-work trips, and scenic tourism rides. We hope it encourages active living, enjoying the outdoors, and riding our many and expanding bike trails and on-street bike lanes.” Printed bike maps of Mason City bike system will be available, and are available for download to any smart phone on the City's website.
The bike share program has twelve bikes and three locations and is sponsored entirely by businesses. Locations are: City Hall, East Park Prairie Playground entrance, and MacNider Camp Grounds
To rent and use a bike, one needs a smart phone and a credit or debit card and must download the KoloniShare app . Instructions are found on each bike and bike rack.
The bikes are equipped with a rear basket, kick stand, bell, and have three gears and are belt driven for a comfortable easy ride. An alarm system is integrated into the bike lock. Bikes may be locked throughout the ride when stopping for errands, lunch, or viewing our local attractions.
CSA - Community Supported Agriculture
Don’t have a green thumb? Want to eat healthier but short on time?
You can take advantage of healthier food options through a local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). HEALTHY-Mason City promotes healthy food choices and locally grown food. And we have CSAs right in our communities.
CSAs are a great way to promote healthier food options while supporting local producers and vendors. By allowing us to sit down with your leadership team or wellness committee and visit about this opportunity, we can share information about local CSAs and the benefits to you and your employees.
CSAs aren't confined to produce. Some farmers include the option for shareholders to buy shares of eggs, homemade bread, meat, cheese, fruit, flowers or other farm products along with their veggies. Sometimes several farmers will offer their products together, to offer the widest variety to their members.
Contact Angie at 641-424-7180 to set up an appointment to learn more!