Heart health is goal for collaborators

By Caitlyn Wasmundt

July 29, 2014

To boost physical activity and proper nutrition in the Wellington area, community leaders are banding together.

Led by the United Way of Greater Lorain County and the YMCA, they’ll spend the next few months brainstorming ways to boost cardiovascular health.

A few options could include a kindergarten nutrition class or creating walking pamphlets, said Tim Goebel, program director for the YMCA.

United Way community impact director Christine Matusik-Plas said the groups that usually battle for funding will be able to work together for her organization’s grants.

The mission behind the collective impact model includes everyone, she said.

Goebel and fellow YMCA program director Charity Butch met with the collaborative’s members this week to assess the community by measuring Wellington’s physical environment, support, and health care providers.

The collaborative’s coverage range could be determined at the next meeting, which has not been set.

The effort is also supported by leaders from the Lorain County Health District, Lorain Medina Rural Electric, Inner Circle Personal Fitness, the Lorain County MetroParks, the Office on Aging, and more.

Caitlyn Wasmundt may be reached at 440-647-3171 or on Twitter @LC_CaitW.