Let’s Go Sioux County! Find out more.

Are you someone who is interested in healthy living? Do you want to make your community a healthier place to live, learn, work, and play? Then you’ve found the right community of people in Sioux County!

Where can I find out about meetings?

Basic details about meeting times are found on the community pages. If you have specific questions, contact letsgo@siouxcountychp.org. You can also attend a county Coalition for a Healthy Sioux County meeting which is held at Community Health Partners quarterly on the 1st Wednesday of the quarter at noon.

What if I don’t want to come to a meeting but want to be involved somehow?

Our latest activities are shared on www.facebook.com/letsgosiouxcounty or you can ask to be added to the mailing list to get agendas and meeting minutes for your community. We are looking for volunteers who want to participate in MANY different ways and welcome your interest in what we are doing!

Who is a part of this group?

There are some of us who are professionals working in health fields, some who are parents of kids, some who are interested community members. In other words, anyone and everyone. If you are interested in improving the health of your community, you belong here!

I have an idea for my community. What can I do?

We love new ideas! Feel free to attend a meeting or e-mail your idea. We can’t do everything, of course, but we know that people working together can do a lot more than anyone working alone!

Let’s Go Sioux County! PLAY!

Participate in Let’s Go summer programs. Follow our Facebook page for the latest info on summer programs in your area.

And check out this:

Wags and Whiskers! POSTPONED!

Bring your dog, cat, parakeet or hedgehog to the Orange City Bark Park! And bring your family! It’s Wags and Whiskers, sponsored by Community Health Partners, Healthy Orange City, Orange City Area Health System and Fareway. Wags & Whiskers was originally scheduled for April 14 — it has been postponed to Saturday April 21 at 2:00 pm.

Join community members for a short presentation by the Sheriff’s Department K9 Unit, and meet one of the dogs that assists local law enforcement officers. The trained canines help in drug investigations, traffic stops, search warrants, criminal tracking, missing person investigations and officer protection.

The Saturday afternoon event, according to Angela Kroeze-Visser of Community Health Partners, includes taking a short walk around Veteran’s Park, having fun with your family and pet, and possibly winning a door prize. “It’s a great opportunity to get outside and meet one of the amazing sheriff’s department dogs,” she said.

Meet at the Bark Park on Iowa Avenue SW in Orange City at 2:00pm Saturday, April 21. In case of inclement weather, check for updates on the Let’s Go Sioux County Facebook page. And help promote the event by posting a photo of you and your pet on that Facebook page… and compete for a door prize. No pet? No problem. Come anyway! Or bring a picture of one of your favorite animals.

Organizers of the event include Cheryl Buntsma, Amanda Keller, Dee Meerdink, Joy Poppema and Visser. Keller is pictured above with Eliza and Beckett, and their friends Sam and Bailey Van Ginkel’s dog Ollie. For more information, contact Visser at 737-2971.

 

Let’s Go Sioux County! WORK!

Join in the Healthiest State Walk.

Participate in Live Healthy Iowa.

Participate in other workplace wellness opportunities.

 

Let’s Go Sioux County! LIVE!

Bring a Storywalk® to town. Books that are ready to go include: 

 

Do a walkability assessment.  Walk with a group. Record your results. Share with community leaders and the folks at Let’s Go Sioux County!

 

 

 

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Improve your health and your family and friends’ health… where you live, learn, work and play! Click on photos for ideas.

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Community members in Hawarden, Hull, Orange City, Sioux Center and Rock Valley have created coalitions that meet monthly. The goal? To make healthy eating and active living easier in Sioux County, for kids and adults. Email Let’s Go Sioux County at letsgo@siouxcountychp.org or follow us on Facebook to keep up with current events! Find out more here.

Radon: You can’t see it. Or smell it. Or taste it. But it’s deadly.

You can’t see radon. Or smell it.  Or taste it.  You can’t tell if there is radon in your home unless you test for it.  Radon is a naturally occurring gas that can build up in your home.  It is one of the leading causes of lung cancer, second only to smoking.

Fortunately, testing your home for radon is a very simple, inexpensive way to protect your family’s health.  If elevated radon levels are found, it is recommended to hire a certified radon mitigation specialist to reduce the level of radon in your home.

It is important to test your home during winter months, when doors and windows have been kept closed.

Older and newer homes should be tested for radon every 3-4 years.

Radon test kits are available through Community Health Partners and at city offices throughout Sioux County.  The cost of the test is $10.  Directions are included in the kit.

For more information, contact Community Health Partners at 712.737.2971 or 800.435.3454. Or click here.

Take a step: Prevent Diabetes Northwest Iowa

It’s a new year and a new chance to prevent diabetes!

Prevent Diabetes Northwest Iowa / Prevent T2 will meet this spring in Rock Valley beginning Monday, February 5 at 5:00 pm. 

Guided by trained lifestyle coaches, participants will learn the skills they need to make lifelong changes.

Participants learn

• to eat healthy

• to add physical activity to their routine

• to manage stress

• to stay motivated

• to solve problems that can get in the way of healthy changes

PreventT2 groups meet for a year — weekly for the first 6 months, then once a month for the second 6 months to maintain healthy lifestyle changes.

The local program will meet at the Hegg Wellness Center conference room from 5-6 pm, on Monday nights beginning February 5, and costs $175.00 with the potential to earn back $75.00 based on group attendance. 

The program is offered by Community Health Partners, Hawarden Regional Healthcare, Hegg Health Center, Orange City Area Health System and Sioux Center Health.

PreventT2 is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). To participate in the PreventT2 program, call 712.737.2971 or email chp@siouxcountychp.org. Click here for registration form.


People are more likely to have prediabetes and type 2 diabetes if they: 

• Are 45 years of age or older

• Are overweight

• Have a family history of type 2 diabetes 

• Are physically active fewer than three times per week OR

• Have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes during pregnancy or gave birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds 

 

Register for the Live Healthy Iowa 10-week Wellness Challenge!

Get moving. Get healthy.

It’s time for the Live Healthy Iowa 10-week Wellness Challenge. Sign up to work on activity minutes or weight loss – or both. The challenge is January 22 through March 30.

Participants need to partner with at least one other person, said Angela Kroeze-Visser of Community Health Partners. Teams of two to 10 people track activity minutes and/or weight loss over the 10-week period, through the Live Healthy Iowa website.

Friendly competition among teams is encouraged.

Participants receive access to a personal dashboard to record progress, with the ability to sync apps and devices.

Participants also receive a challenge t-shirt, a one-year magazine subscription, a $10 discount for Live Healthy Iowa 5K events, the chance to win weekly prizes, access to online tools and more.

The registration fee is $22 per person.

Teams should register at livehealthyiowa.org. The group code is LHIsiouxco for teams in Sioux County. Sign up under the code to be able to compete with other Sioux County teams, said Kroeze-Visser.


“Challenges like the 10-week Challenge provide extra motivation to stick with healthy habits,” she said. “Being part of a team can help to motivate you to move more, even in the winter, even when you don’t feel like it!”

Major sponsors of the Wellness Challenge are the Iowa Department of Public Health, Iowa State University Extension and the Iowa Food & Family Project. For more information, call Community Health Partners, 712.737.2971.

Get flu shots for your family!

Protect your family from the influenza by getting a flu shot for everyone in your home. Community Health Partners has flu shots available at our monthly immunization clinics for children ages 6 months to 18 years who are on Medicaid or are uninsured or underinsured.
Community Health Partners Clinics are scheduled for Tuesdays from 10:30am to 12:30pm and Thursdays from 3:00 to 5:00pm at Community Health Partners, 211 Central Ave SE, Orange City. For more info on immunizations and the clinic schedule, click here.

As a reminder, flu shots are also available for children ages 6 months to 18 years who are on Medicaid or are uninsured or underinsured at any VFC (Vaccines for Children) provider in the county, including Promise Community Health Center, Sioux Center Medical Clinic, Hull Medical Clinic, Hegg Medical Clinic, and Hawarden Medical Clinic. If you have any questions about where you can get a flu shot, call Community Health Partners at 712-737-2971.

Phone your medical provider for information on available flu clinics, or check the Community Health Partners Facebook page. Click here for a list of local medical clinics and centers offering immunizations.

To print a poster, click a link below:

CHP 11×17-CHP-flu3 poster

CHP flu-8.5×11-2017 poster