What do you love? Family, friends and places may top your list. But what motivates you to love?

RISE Cowley, our county health coalition, has been working to make it easier to love and live in a healthier community. Even our name highlights our efforts for “raising awareness, improving health, supporting collaboration and energizing communities.”

RISE Cowley was selected by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas to be one of eight Pathways to a Healthy Kansas communities for a 2017-2020 grant project. The Pathways include Community Policy, Resident/Community Well-Being, Schools, Food Retail, Restaurants, Worksites and Healthcare. Our coalition members have partnered with every community in Cowley County to create a healthier environment, either through school, restaurants or resident/community well- being projects. We are not done either!

We are nearing the end of this phase of the Pathways grant. You will be seeing our RISE Cowley logo with a link to our Community Perception Survey around the county. We want to understand your perception related to active living, healthy eating and smoking cessation efforts. This will help us to evaluate how we are doing, since working together for a healthy community is ongoing work.

One of the goals of the Pathways project has been to engage residents and community partners. Visit the RISE Cowley website at www.risecowley.org or our Facebook page to see recent accomplishments and complete the “Community Perception Survey” located at the top of the page. We all have a role in creating healthy communities. Together we RISE!


K-State Research and Extension Events

Feb. 20 — “Cooking Under Pressure,” Udall High School, 5:30-7 p.m. Registration fee is $5.

March 24, 31, April 7 & 14 — “Dining with Diabetes” series, Winfield Public Library, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Registration fee is $25.

April 4 — “Mental Health First Aid,” Cowley County Courthouse, Winfield, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration fee is $35.

Scholarships are available for all programs.

Call (620)221-5450 to register for events.


Becky Reid is the family and consumer sciences agent for K-State Research and Extension, Cowley County. She can be reached at (620) 221-5450 or (620) 441-4565.

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