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.
Your work. Your pace.
Not interested in in-person assistance? You can do this on your own. Take the online self-assessment to help identify what your community, worksite or school is currently doing well and what else can be done to make the healthy choice the easy choice. After you complete the assessment, a customized report will detail ways to make positive, lasting changes and resources that can help you.
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.
At the end of 2018, 10 South Dakota towns made changes positively impacting 14 percent of the population. Click on the images to learn more about the work these communities did to earn a 2018 Healthy HometownSM Powered by Wellmark Community Award.
Healthy Hometown and Good & Healthy South Dakota are now accepting nominations for the 2019 Healthy HometownSM Powered by Wellmark Community Award. The deadline for applications is Friday, Aug. 16 at 5 p.m.