Stockbridge Wellness Coalition Nominated for State Service Award

By Kerri Ralls

The Stockbridge Area Wellness Coalition was named as a nominee for the Michigan Recreation and Park Association’s Community Service Award. The nomination was announced at the group’s February 18 meeting.

The service awards are handed out every year to individuals and groups who show outstanding support for the parks and recreation in their communities.

“They recognize the good work you are doing here in Stockbridge,” said 5 Healthy Towns community investment manager Matt Pegouskie. Pegouskie, who received this award last year, shared the news at the meeting.

The awards ceremony will take place in April in East Lansing.

In addition, the board reviewed the results of the Health Improvement Plan survey and planned for spring events.

The HIP survey was administered throughout Washtenaw County last summer, and 5HF coalition coordinator Ashley Tomasi has been sharing the results with each of the five coalitions associated with the foundation.

Residents of Stockbridge reported getting more exercise than adults in any of the other towns, with 68 percent of adults getting at least 150 minutes of exercise per week. Eighty-one percent also reported exercising outside work related activities.

Stockbridge did, however, see an increase in the reports of poor mental health, which prompted board members to discuss implementing interventions aimed at improving mental and emotional health for the upcoming plan year.

Coalition members will also be taking part in a number of upcoming community activities, including the March 19 SRSLY 3-on-3 basketball tournament and the Festival of Tables that same evening.

The basketball tournament is sponsored by the youth anti-substance group and will feature concessions, health information and a few local vendors in addition to the basketball games.

The board also voted to sponsor a table at the annual Festival of Tables. The event is sponsored by the Stockbridge Area Educational Foundation and the proceeds help support programs and activities at the schools. The night includes food, local vendors, raffles and a live auction.

The board will meet again on Thursday, March 17 at 6:00 p.m. in room 108 of the old middle school.

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