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Hippo Hunt 2015 has been deemed a success! Just ask the winning team, the BGDB Hippos!!
Teams met on Saturday, November 14th at Creekside Park to compete in a bicycle-powered hippo scavenger hunt. Each team had a different “route” and received clues to solve that would take them to one of 12 hippo stations. Once all hippo stations were visited (in order based on clues), there was a mad dash for the finish. Jennifer Abrams, Sarah Shearin, Camille Baptiste, and Stephanie Webb of the BGDB Hippos team were the winners of this year’s event. Each member of the team received a small concrete hippo. BGDB stands for ‘Black Girls Do Bike’. (To learn more about the BGDB movement that encourages cycling among black women, please visit http://www.blackgirlsdobike.com/)
The event was able to raise $400 for Hutto Has Heart through registration and an addition donation made through Capital Metro. Hutto Has Heart seeks to serve and empower the emotional, financial, educational, and spiritual well-being of the Hutto community members by organizing and sustaining collaborative efforts.
Hippo Hunt could only be made possible through the generous sponsorship of Capital Metro, as well as a delicious breakfast sponsorship from Ricardo’s Tacos and Baked N Sconed. Swag bags were courtesy of the City of Hutto and the Shop Small initiative. The Hutto High School Leo’s donated their time to volunteer for the event. Bike Hutto would also like to thank Please Be Kind To Cyclists, the Wilco Wellness Alliance, It’s Time Texas, and the City of Hutto Parks and Recreation Department for their contributions to the participant swag bags.
Bike Hutto is already making plans for 2016 and will be turning Hippo Hunt into an annual event that happens in the spring. “Hutto has well over 300 hippos throughout the community so there is plenty of room for creativity as we develop new routes and clues. We look forward to continuing to grow and expand the Hippo Hunt event in the years to come.” stated Bike Hutto director, Jessica Romigh.
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.