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April 2012
Building a Healthy, Active & Vibrant Community.

Hi Healthy People Alliance Supporter,

April kicks off with National Public Health Week and the idea that "A Healthier America Begins Today".  It also begins right here in our county and our communities as we take action to promote healthy living.  HPA members support healthy choices by:
  • promoting healthy eating - by increasing access to healthy foods through schools, hospitals, stores, emergency food providers, farmers' markets and backyard & community gardens
  • promoting active living - by encouraging both towns and countryside to be places that are walkable and bikeable and preserving places for residents to have fun while being active
  • promoting tobacco-free areas - by advocating for tobacco-free environments and decreasing exposure to secondhand smoke
Thanks to all our partners and volunteers who work hard to make our county healthier!


Healthy People Alliance News & Networks is a digest of upcoming events, resources and action alerts from Healthy People Alliance members and communities. It is a tool for staying informed and connected regarding healthy lifestyle, places and community issues in Klickitat County. If you would like an announcement to be included, send an email to no later than Tuesday preceding the event date.

Whether you’re working in a community that has received direct support or simply looking to take your local healthy communities efforts to a new level, Healthy People Alliance can work with your community and encourages you to visit


Melissa Morin, CHES

AmeriCorps Member

Healthy People Alliance of Klickitat County

Grants to Schools for Universal Breakfastbreakfast

The benefits to breakfast are many: not only is a nutritious breakfast good for kids' health, fueling up in the morning helps them learn better at school.  Research shows that students who eat school breakfast increase their math and reading scores, have better performance on tests of speed and memory, and achieve higher scores on standardized tests. 

One way to ensure all students have access to a healthy breakfast is by providing universal breakfast programs in schools - programs where EVERY child at school is offered breakfast.  These programs help reduce the stigma sometimes associated with school breakfast and increase the likelihood that kids who need the food provided at school actually get it.

To help rural, high needs schools jump start a universal breakfast program, the Healthy Breakfast 4 Kids program is offering $2500 in equipment to qualifying schools.  To find out more about this great opportunity, visit their website.  Act quickly, because the deadline is April 15!
Food Preservation Classes Coming!

jarLearn how to carry the abundance of the harvest into those dark days of winter with two upcoming food preservation learning opportunities coming to our area.  You'll be able to enjoy healthy - and local - food year-round!

Food Preservation Series at the Farm & Home Store - Goldendale
A series of food preservation classes taught by WSU Extension faculty and volunteers.  CLASSES ARE FREE!  To sign up, call the Farm & Home store at 773.4648.
All classes are 6-8pm
Thursday, April 5 - General canning
Wednesday, May 23 - Drying fruits & vegetables
Thursday, June 14 - Jams & jellies
Thursday, June 28 - Canning fruits & pie fillings
Thursday, July 12 - Pressure canning
Thursday, July 26 - Pickling
Thursday, August 9 - Tomatoes and salsas

Mid-Columbia Master Food Preserver Program
For those who want expertise and are willing to volunteer to educate others in their community about food safety and preservation.  Classes being April 18.  Applications due April 1.  Contact OSU Extension for more info at 541-386-3343 ext. 258.

For more info on safe food preservation techniques, visit OSU Extension

National Walking Day - April 4walking

Sponsored by the American Heart Association, National Walking Day is a call for companies and employees to be active.  On this day, employees are encouraged to wear sneakers to work and take at least 30 minutes out of their day to get up and walk.

To get started with National Walking Day, visit the website and sign up for the toolkit that includes tips and materials to promote the event in your workplace.  Get others involved by:
  • inviting coworkers to wear their sneakers to work
  • encouraging coworkers to get in their 30 minutes of physical activity by walking that day
  • changing one of your meetings to a walking meeting, and let your colleagues know why
  • hosting a walk and/or rally to show your commitment to living longer, healthier lives
  • discovering and sharing more information on heart disease risk factors and healthier lifestyles from the American Heart Association, including why physical activity is so important
  • rallying your family, friends, and neighbors to walk that day - and every day
You don't have to limit your worksite walking to just this one day, either.  Consider starting a 'Walking Wednesday' or Monday Mile group.  Or join up with other groups and individuals in your community who like to walk or run, like our friends over at Goldendale Runners & Walkers (see below!).

New Community Garden at Beth El Shalom in White Salmon

HPAGarden-HighPrairie 128Healthy People Alliance is working with Beth El Shalom Senior Citizen Living Center in White Salmon to build a new community garden The garden will be available for both Beth El residents and other citizens.  Harvest will be shared by participating gardeners and the food bank.

If you are looking for a place to garden or want to donate a spare hour or two to help tend the new space, contact HPA at 493.6234 or 

Healthy People Profile:
Goldendale R.A.W.


Goldendale R.A.W. (Runners & Walkers) is an enthusiastic group of community members in Goldendale who support each other to be active and stay healthy by walking or running regularly.  Started in March 2011 by two local women who were inspired by the idea that it’s easier to be active with a buddy, Rachel Murray and Patty Cooper began the group in hopes of connecting others who shared their joy of walking and running.  The group now has over 50 members.


The R.A.W. network allows members to find runners or walkers who move at their pace – or who challenge them to be faster and stronger – and encourages them to find times to get up and get moving together.  It’s a network of support and encouragement for all levels and ages, from middle schoolers to seniors, that proves that you can be fit and active at any age.  The group also meets monthly to share new goals, achieved goals, tips, and information about upcoming events in the area.  They also host an annual Fall Harvest Run and frequently travel together to other walk/run events.  Membership costs only $10 for a whole year, and includes a t-shirt!


For information on how to get involved, contact Patty Cooper ( or Rachel Murray (

  In This Issue
  • Grants to Schools for Universal Breakfast
  • Food Preservation Classes Coming!
  • National Walking Day
  • New Community Garden at Beth El Shalom
  • Healthy People Profile: Goldendale R.A.W.

Read All About It!
  • New report on hunger & food insecurity in Washington State
  • CDC launches new anti-tobacco media campaign
  • National Public Health Week is April 2 - 8.  Find out what you can do to promote wellness in your community & "join the movement".

Upcoming Events

groups Healthy People Alliance invites you to explore and share information about current and upcoming events in our local communities.

HPA East Meeting

Wednesday, April 4th at 10:00am
Klickitat Valley Health, Goldendale

General Canning Class

Thursday, April 5th at 6:00 - 8:00pm

Goldendale Farm & Home Store

KVH Health Fair

Saturday, April 14, 7:30am - noon
Goldendale High School Gymnasium

Gorge Grown Food & Farms Connection

Monday, April 16, 8:30am - 4:00pm
River of Life Church, Hood River, OR
Get tickets here

Klickitat Community Meeting

Preventing Youth Substance Abuse
Monday, April 16, 6:00pm

Klickitat Elementary School library

Trout Lake Run
Saturday, April 21 at 9:00am
Trout Lake School

HPA West Meeting
Thursday, April 26th at 2:00pm
Pioneer Center, White Salmon

Goldendale Home & Garden Show

Friday, April 20 - Sunday April 22
Klickitat County Fairgrounds

Hood River Blossom Festival
April 14 &15 - 20 & 21 - 28 & 29
Hood River County - various locations

For more info - click here

Community Pride Clean-up Weekend
Friday, April 27 - Sunday April 29
Bingen Public Works shop
Find out more from Mt. Adams Chamber of Commerce

Check out HPA's Community Calendar for more upcoming events!
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