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April 30, 2013

Coalition works to boost county health

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“Ideally, we look for organizations in each city in Parker and Hood County to take on the initiative,” Nieswiadomy said.  “We’re getting a lot of bites in Azle. In fact, we’re looking at two food hubs coming.”

She has met with Azle High School officials, she said, and has contact information for Weatherford High School.

Williams said the team has talked with Center of Hope about staging a food hub on the weeks the Center doesn’t do their food program.

“The challenge we find with working with the organizations that give out food,” Ashley-Beck said,  “is that if they work with us, they have to sell it, and their clientele is not prepared to pay for it.”

 

Business luncheon May 13

Willams has scheduled a free noon to 1 p.m. luncheon May 13 for all interested business owners, she said, to explain the benefits of adopting a smoke-free policy and clarify the rumor that going smoke-free hurts businesses.

The grant will pay for signs denoting smoke-free buildings, she said, and might be able to assist with policy writing efforts.

The deadline for reservations for the luncheon, to be made by emailing CaseyWilliams@Texas Health.org, is May 6.

Williams also said speaker Patrick Reynolds might give a related presentation in Weatherford in September.

Reid said two potential community gardens are in process, one in Azle, near the Azle Library on Main Street, and one at Weatherford Christian School.

“The one in Azle has come quite a ways,” she said.

Reid said the garden would be member-driven, and the maximum amount for a plot would be about $25 per year.

The grant will furnish materials— mulch, seed and soil — but no labor, she said.

Williams said the group has a Facebook page,  www.facebook.com/LongLiveParkerCounty, as well as a separate Long Live Parker County website anyone can access.

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Reporter Judy Sheridan is a member of The Long Live Parker County Coalition.

 

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