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Wellmark Foundation awards grant funds to Community Health Partners of Sioux County

Grant, chosen from 112 applicants, helps implement summer activity promotion program for Sioux County youth

May 27, 2014

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ORANGE CITY, Iowa –The Wellmark Foundation has awarded a $21,400 grant to the Community Health Partners of Sioux County to help fund the Let’s Go Sioux County 5-2-1-0 project. Kicking off today, the project will implement a summer activity promotion program modeled after summer reading programs, and will implement a coordinated, culturally, and geographically specific social marketing campaign to reduce childhood obesity in Sioux County.

Let’s Go Sioux County 5-2-1-0
Summer is the perfect time to encourage kids to adopt healthy behaviors including eating fruits and vegetables, being active, using less screen media like computers and TV, and to cut down on sugary drinks. The Let's Go 5-2-1-0 summer program is a fun way to motivate kids and community groups in Hull, Sioux Center, Rock Valley, and Orange City are ready to kick off the summer.  Beyond the summer, the community groups and the Coalition for a Healthy Sioux County will develop more ways to make the 5-2-1-0 message visible and to make the healthy choice the easier choice. 

“Let's Go 5-2-1-0 is a great start to building communities that really value health,” said Angela Kroeze Visser, Community Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Coordinator at Community Health Partners.  “We have some great partners in each community and are excited to launch Let's Go in Sioux County.”

Grant one of only nineteen selected
The Wellmark Foundation is a non-profit foundation that seeks to improve the health of Iowans, South Dakotans, and their communities. Through its 2014 Healthy Communities small grant program, the Foundation received 112 grant requests from various organizations seeking support for smaller community health projects. This grant award to the Community Health Partners of Sioux County represents one of nineteen competitively awarded grants across Iowa and South Dakota to establish pilot efforts or expand upon current community health initiatives.

The Wellmark Foundation is proud to award a cumulative total of $404,000 to these nineteen grant recipients.

"The Let's Go Sioux County 5-2-1-0 project is a simple approach to improving community health and combating childhood obesity in the Sioux County area," said Stephanie Perry, The Wellmark Foundation. "The Wellmark Foundation is confident the program will be impactful, and we are pleased to be involved."

For more information on Let’s Go Sioux County 5-2-1-0, contact Angela Kroeze Visser / 712-737-2971, For more information regarding the Wellmark Foundation and its grant programs, contact Teresa Roof at (515) 376-5869 or visit


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