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On Thursday, September 24th, Bike Hutto director, Jessica Romigh will be a panel speaker at the Health Education Summit hosted by the Williamson County and Cities Health District. The panel (entitled “Advancing Health Promotion Through Collaboration”) consists of four speakers. Ms. Romigh is joined by Faith Unger, CareGiverU Program Director at AGE of Central Texas, Mary McKenna, the Director of Health and Wellness for the Georgetown Independent School District, and Dinorah Martinez-Anderson who is a Clinical Assistant Professor/Ph.D. Student at Texas State University- St. David’s School of Nursing.
Jessica Romigh’s presentation, “Activating The Ripple: Making A Healthy Difference In Your Community”, will show how anyone has the capacity to create change. Through the formation of Bike Hutto, an impact has been made on Hutto with strives to make it a more healthy community. What has now grown to be an 80 plus member organization in a matter of months, was done so out of one individuals desire to create a fun and informative group for local bicyclists. Through connecting with not only those interested in cycling, but with the community at large, a wider impact has been able to be made. An impact that continues to grow throughout the county, state, and nation.
The Health Education Summit seeks to:
- Increase capacity of local professionals to engage in effective health education and promotion activities;
- Strengthen multi-sector collaboration for evidence-based improvements in health policies, programs and environments; and
- Explore innovative practices aimed at improving health behaviors, health equity, and health policies in Williamson County.
The Williamson County and Cities Health District, in partnership with communities, protects and promotes the health of the people of Williamson County. The Williamson County and Cities Health District has provided public health services to Williamson County since 1943. Our Public Health Centers and offices are located in Cedar Park, Georgetown, Round Rock, and Taylor.
Jessica Romigh is the founder and director of Bike Hutto, a bicycling organization focusing on community building, bike safety education, and infrastructure advocacy in Hutto, Texas. She serve as the Co-Chair of the Wilco Wellness Alliance Active Living Work Group which “encourages the utilization of existing active living resources, creates awareness of new opportunities, and serves as a forum for collaborative efforts and information sharing around physical activity and built environment.” In addition Jessica Romigh is a commissioner for the City of Hutto Planning and Zoning Commission, an active member of the Healthy Hutto coalition, an Ambassador for It’s Time Texas, and currently going through the Hutto Citizen’s University program.
“The third-annual H-E-B Community Challenge launched on January 1, 2015 and runs through April. This one-of-a-kind competition spans four months and challenges communities across the state to compete to see which can demonstrate the greatest commitment to healthy living. The Challenge unites and mobilizes schools, businesses, organizations, community members, and leaders toward the common goal of transforming their community’s health.”
Have you heard about the H-E-B Community Challenge powered by IT’S TIME TEXAS? Hutto won the challenge in our division (small community) in 2013 so it is time to defend our title! A winning community in each category will receive a large trophy and a banner for the city. Each winning community will receive recognition via IT’S TIME TEXAS promotions and be provided with a template to provide to their local media and press. The winning communities and the runners up in each category will be recognized at the annual Slim Down Showdown Finale, and one school in each of the winning communities will be awarded a grant provided by IT’S TIME TEXAS.
“I recognize that a healthy community is more unite, more productive, and more prosperous. As a result, I am committed to the health of my community and pledge to make our community a model for others to follow.”
Ways to Participate!
Register for FREE and learn more at: https://www.hebcommunitychallenge.com/
Community members earn points by uploading health‐focused photos and videos and by tracking their physical fitness weekly. All registrants are awarded 100 points for using the Slim Down Showdown Weight Loss Tracker once a week, and individuals can additionally earn points for uploading Healthy Selfies, IT’S TIME TEXAS Shout Outs, and Group Walks!
We will be doing some rides starting in February and be taking some fun group pictures to upload as part of the challenge!
Encourage your kids’ schools to participate!! Schools earn points for their community by encouraging superintendents, principals, Parent-teacher Association (PTA), SHAC members and School Board members to take their IT’S TIME TEXAS pledges, and by showcasing Healthy Actions happening on school campuses. Schools are also awarded points for each person who uploads photos when they download the FREE Teach Healthier App and lead Teach Healthier Lessons in Action. Remember, the winning school gets a grant!!
Include #ITSTIMETX and #HEBCC in all posts and pictures about the Community Challenge! This way, fellow Texans can easily follow all Challenge posts to see what you’re up to, and what they’re up against!