Fayette earns Healthy Ohio award 9.17

Written by David Green.

Another year, another health award.

Fayette made it two years in a row for health-related program recognition.

Through efforts coordinated by the Fulton County Health Department, the village earned a bronze award last year through the Healthy Ohioans Park and Recreation Community Awards program.

This year it’s a gold award through the Healthy Community program of Healthy Ohio.

Gold awards were presented to 14 communities across the state. Two were presented to counties, 10 went to cities and only two were awarded to villages.

The Healthy Community Award recognizes the outstanding achievements of towns that implement health-related policies and activities, explained Audra Roesti of the Fulton County Health Department. The award program seeks to honor healthy community environments that encourage employees and residents to make healthy choices.

Healthy Ohio goals focus on increased physical activity, improved nutrition and the prevention of tobacco use.

Community activities are rated and points assigned. Communities scored at least 90 points earned gold awards.

Fayette’s projects included the Movin’ Mondays walking program, the Fayette Focus monthly brochure about health topics, the children’s garden, a media campaign in which messages were presented on the Village Green, the GOLD Plate restaurant program (Greater Options in Low-Fay Dining) and the Fayette School Wellness Team.

In addition, two programs were used in area churches: “Go Red for Women,” a national movement founded by the American Heart Association; and “Stroke Sunday,” a stroke awareness month that uses the acronym FAST (Face—does the face look uneven? Arm—Ask them to raise there arms, do they drift back down?Speech—Does their speech sound strange? Time—act fast, every second brain cells die.

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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    CARRYING—Riley Terry (blue jacket) and Mason Vaughn lead the way, carrying an empty casket outside to the hearse waiting at the curb. Morenci juniors and seniors visited Eagle Funeral Home last week to learn about the role of a funeral director and to understand the process of arranging for a funeral.
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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.

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