Community Health and Wellness activities are plentiful throughout each year, thanks to the generous funding of the Mary Rutan Foundation. During 2018, the Community Relations team achieved 147,278 touch points (personal interactions) through 208 occurrences; 64 of which were in our at-risk communities of Bellefontaine West/Central, De Graff, and the Indian Lake area. When you factor in other areas of Foundation support such as athletic training, education, scholarships, and Call-A-Nurse, the touch points reach 170,903.
In 2015, the Community Health Risk & Needs Assessment determined four primary focus areas; Obesity & Chronic Disease, Drug Abuse, Mental Health and Access & Resources. The following is a breakdown of the 2018 touch points based on focus area. Note that many of the touch points cross over into more than one priority area.
- Obesity & Chronic Disease: 78,571
- Drug Abuse: 15,356
- Mental Health: 12,034
- Access & Resources: 19,939
One of our most popular community events is Power Up For Fitness (PUFF) for area 4th graders. Focusing on the heart, lungs, nutrition and physical activity, the children look forward to seeing the Mary Rutan Hospital team arrive.
This year, the MRH Team traveled to Benjamin Logan, Bellefontaine, Riverside, Indian Lake, Calvary Christian, West Liberty-Salem and Jackson Center, reaching nearly 800 students in all.
Power Up For Fitness has been providing health education to area 4th graders for eleven years.
Other annual programs include the Bike Safety Rodeo, Girls Night Out, Creating A Healthier Me and the Winter Walking Program. The MRH community relations team also provides an array of health and wellness initiatives along with educational support throughout the community and to area businesses, outreach centers, senior living centers, and churches.