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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    ON THE MOVE—Six goslings head out on manuevers with their parents in an area lake. Baby waterfowl are showing up in lakes and ponds throughout the area.
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    Fayette's Demetrious Whiteside (left)Skylar Lester attempt to keep the ball from going out of bounds during Morenci's recent basketball tournament for fourth and fifth grade teams. Morenci's Andrew Schmidt stands by.
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    MORENCI pep rallies generally end with a tug of war. The senior class entry, shown above, did not advance to the finals. Griffin Grieder, Alaina Webster, Kyle Long and Jazmin Smith are shown at the front of the rope, giving it their best effort.
  • Accident
    FAYETTE resident Patricia Stambaugh, 64, was declared dead on the scene of a single-vehicle accident Friday morning south of Morenci. Rescue units were called around 9 a.m., but as of Tuesday, law enforcement officers had not yet determined the time of the accident. According to Ohio State Highway Patrol, Stambaugh was driving west on U.S. 20 when her Chevrolet Malibu traveled off the north side of the road and down a steep embankment, coming to rest in Bean Creek (Tiffin River).
  • Athletic Fields
    SPORTS COMPLEX—Fayette’s outdoor athletic facilities will include three ball fields for summer recreation leagues at the southwest corner of the school. The baseball and softball fields, along with the running track, will be constructed on the east side of the school. Outdoor athletic fields were not part of the new school project from 2007, but voters approved a $1.4 million levy for a school addition and the sports fields last August. Both projects are scheduled to be complete by July 20.
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    PRESCHOOL MUSIC—Fayette band director Jeffrey Dunford spends the last half hour of the day leading the full-day preschool class in musical activities. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    TROMBONISTS Jake Myers (left) and Max Baker perform Friday at the annual Senior Citizens Luncheon at Fayette High School. The National Honor Society and the FFA chapter teamed up to serve a meal to area seniors and to provide musical entertainment. Both the school band and choir performed. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.

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