Rotary Club of Emporia

Daphne Mertens - Healthier Lyon County

Posted on Mar 06, 2018
Daphne Mertens, who works for Crosswinds Counseling & Wellness and Emporia State University, told our club about the grants that have been administered for a healthier community in Lyon County. There have been several different grants since 2014. 
Blue Cross Blue Shield Pathways for Healthier Living awarded a three-year grant for various activities that promote resident and community well-being. Vacant lots are being turned into community gardens in areas known as "food deserts". Grants are available to businesses participating in worksite wellness, with grants of $10,000 available.
Kansas Department of Health& Environment has awarded a grant of which a portion is being used for Maynard School cross walks. A bike share is being organized starting at 26 bikes with the MUPP Board coordinating. Other grants include promotions that encourage walking versus riding in the EmporiaCommunity.