RCS receives Wellness Grant

Roxbury — Roxbury Central School was recently awarded a $2,000 mini-grant from Rural Health Education Network of Delaware, Otsego, Montgomery and Schoharie (RHEN-DOMS) through the Bassett Healthcare Network.

Doris Hill, a health educator with the RHEN-DOMS program, presented the check to members of the wellness committee for use in nutritional and wellness programs for both school and community use. This funding is to be used to develop, implement or enhance projects or programs that are designed to assist the school communities to increase physical activity and make healthy food choices. Through working with the wellness committee of each school, it is the goal of RHENDOMS to help support schools and their communities to implement programs supporting healthy lifestyle choices.

At RCS, the money will be used to purchase a cold frame for use by the RCS Garden Club to grow fresh vegetables year-round; a vacuum sealer and supplies for the cafeteria, which will be used to preserve vegetables raised by the Garden Club, in an effort to bring fresher, organic food to the daily meals; yoga mats and resistance bands for the community fitness program and student use; and training for programs run by RHEN-DOMS such as Yoga Kids, Yoga Teens, and Girls on the Run.
RHEN-DOMS is a program focused on improving the health of county residents. Program offerings include prevention and management of obesity and associated chronic diseases for community residents of all ages; dental health education for children to prevent periodontal disease and future associated chronic diseases; and recruitment and retention of rural healthcare practitioners.

The community fitness program is a free program open to all residents running four classes a week: kickboxing on Monday, Zumba on Tuesday and Thursday, and Yoga on Wednesday, as well as hikes on Saturday morning and a daily walking club. For more information on the fitness program please call 607 326-4151 ext. 14. For more information on RHENDOMS and the programs they sponsor please visit them online at www.rhendoms.org