Fairfield receives Healthy Hometown Founder award
DES MOINES — The city of Fairfield was presented a Healthy Hometown powered by Wellmark award at the Iowa Healthiest State Initiative Bringing it Home conference on Tuesday in Ankeny. The award recognizes Fairfield for its dedication and accomplishments toward meaningful health improvement initiatives in their community.
“The Healthy Hometown Founder award celebrates the achievements made in Fairfield,” said Jami Haberl, Iowa Healthiest State Initiative executive director. “Fairfield has been a model for other Iowa communities and is an encouraging example of what can be done when the citizens of a community join together to truly transform their environment.”
Some noteworthy achievements in Fairfield include:
• Adding a 2.5-acre edible orchard and nut farm for the community;
• Decreasing tobacco usage from 33 percent to 18 percent at Agri-Industrial Plastics after adopting a tobacco fee policy;
• Building a pedestrian and cycling bridge and adding trees continue to enhance the 16-mile trail system circling the city; and
• Participating in a farm-to-school program allowed 130 students grow 1,000 tomato and pepper plants.
The Healthy Hometown program is available to all Iowa communities ready to take steps to make the healthy choice the easy choice and improve the overall well-being of their communities.
“One of the best parts of the Healthy Hometown program is the ability for Iowa communities to make improvements that are important to them,” said Laura Jackson, Iowa Healthiest State Initiative board president.
“The program offers various levels of support — including assistance from experts if they choose — and guides them to existing resources so they can make their hometown an even better place to live.”
There are three ways communities or organizations can get started. The first is an online self-assessment tool for communities to review where they are at today and how they can connect with existing resources to make enhancements. In 2017, two additional options will be available to help communities put a plan in place for either a specific project or a complete community transformation.