Healthy Hometown - South Dakota
Wellmark has partnered with Good & Healthy South Dakota to promote healthy lifestyles in South Dakota. Whether it’s planting community gardens, making your town more walkable, or volunteering, Healthy Hometown is here to help.
So, what can we do?
Healthy Hometown has three paths communities can follow to make improvements: eat well, move more, feel better. Improvements can be made in a number of places: schools, worksites, community organizations, etc. If you're willing to do the work, we'll put you on the right path.
Examples of ways you can improve your community include:*
- Healthy vending options
- Community or school gardens
- Encourage non-food fundraisers
- Develop a complete streets policy — improving walkability and bikeability
- Physical activity breaks for school children
- Identify safe walking routes
- Create volunteer opportunities
- Start a wellness committee
- Establish nicotine-free areas
* Just an example of more than 100 evidence-based possibilities.
Get assistance from the experts.
Experts are available to help in prioritizing and implementing a plan to make healthy choices available and easy for residents to adopt. All of this is available at no cost. Click Get Assistance to fill out the form and take the next step.
Committed to community improvement — community successes
Healthy Hometown continues to use proven strategies to help communities change the environment to make healthy choices easier in both Iowa and South Dakota. Click on the images to learn more about the work these communities did to earn a 2019 Healthy HometownSM Powered by Wellmark Community award.
At the end of 2018, 10 South Dakota towns made changes positively impacting 14 percent of the population. Learn how Fort Pierre opens in new window, Rapid City opens in new window and Sioux Falls opens in new window won the Healthy HometownSM Powered by Wellmark Community award in 2018.
Healthy Hometown and Good & Healthy South Dakota are now accepting nominations for the 2020 Healthy HometownSM Powered by Wellmark Community Award. The deadline for applications is Friday, Aug. 14 at 5 P.M.