‘RISE Day’ to feature Glow Walk, bike rack dedication, biz lunch

Full day of activities in Arkansas City and Winfield to celebrate achievements

WINFIELD, Kan. (October 18, 2018) — RISE Cowley, people promoting healthy living, will be host to three separate celebratory events on Oct. 25 in both Arkansas City and Winfield, all open to the public.

The first event is a bicycle rack dedication at 11 a.m. at the Arkansas City Public Library, located at 120 E. Fifth Ave. A business forum also is set for 11 a.m. at the Winfield Area Chamber of Commerce.

The day will conclude with the first-ever Glow Walk on the Broadway Sports Complex walking trail in Winfield. The Glow Walk will celebrate the recent installation of new lighting on the Broadway trail by the City of Winfield, as well as new exercise equipment that is slated to be installed soon along the trail.

Community members are invited to gather at 6 p.m. for this event. Sign-in will be at the Broadway Sports Complex. The actual Glow Walk will begin at sunset, which should be around 6:30 p.m.

This fun family event will feature music, healthy snacks, lots of glow sticks and even lighted balloons.

Those who complete the exercise stations along the 2.25-mile-long trail can enter a drawing to win one of two free Fitbits, courtesy of RISE Cowley. No pre-registration is required for this event.

“We’re proud to commemorate our first year as a Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas Pathways to a Healthy Kansas grant recipient with this free community celebration!” said Sarah Werner, chief executive officer of the Winfield Area Chamber of Commerce and one of the Glow Walk’s lead organizers.

Werner also serves as a member of the RISE Cowley steering committee.


Bicycle rack dedication

The Arkansas City Public Library will be host to a special ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony starting at 11 a.m. Oct. 25 on the front steps of the library, next to the recently installed bicycle rack.

RISE Cowley and library board members will be in attendance, as well as representatives of Arkansas City High School (ACHS), Cowley College, the City of Arkansas City and Rob Carroll Sandblasting & Painting, which painted the bike rack prior to its installation in front of the public library.

The guests of honor are ACHS students Allison Riedl and Haley Smith, who designed the bike rack and will be recognized with a certificate and gift. Cowley College welding instructor Bob Moffatt and his students also will be recognized for their hard work in constructing the final product.

Community members and area media are invited to attend this dedication and ribbon-cutting.

Please plan to park behind the building, to the north, because Fifth Avenue will be blocked off for Arkalalah. Food will not be provided at this event, but the festival’s food trucks will be open for business.

In November 2015, RISE Cowley (formerly the Cowley County Healthy Communities Coalition) approved a bike rack design contest for five communities in Cowley County.

A contest for youth to submit designs was held in January 2016, and winning designs were selected for both Arkansas City and Winfield. The winning sunflower bike rack design was submitted by Riedl and Smith as part of Greg Buckbee's class at ACHS.

Funding for fabrication, painting and installation came from the Communities Preventing Childhood Obesity grant project funds previously received by RISE Cowley.


Pathways to a Healthy Kansas business forum

The Winfield Area Chamber of Commerce, located at 123 E. Ninth Ave., will be host to a special “Pathways to a Healthy Kansas” business forum from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 25.

Area businesses and organizations are invited to join RISE Cowley and other Cowley County business leaders at this free event. A free healthy lunch will be provided by College Hill Coffee.

Presenters will include Virginia Barnes, director of Blue Health Initiatives for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas, who initiated the Pathways to a Healthy Kansas project; Jane Shirley, worksite wellness coordinator; and Charissa Wall Finch, Pathways to a Healthy Kansas grant coordinator for RISE Cowley.

“If you are a business owner or executive, human resources or benefits manager, corporate health professional or wellness team leader, please join us and learn how to make your worksite and your community a healthier place to live and work,” said Wall Finch.

Please RSVP no later than Monday via email to cwall@cowleycounty.org or by telephone at (620) 221-1430 ext. 5549 so there will be enough food and materials for everyone who plans to attend.


About RISE Cowley

RISE Cowley is a coalition of like-minded organizations dedicated to making Cowley County a healthier place to live, work and play. Our communities share the traits of passion, perseverance and pride.

RISE Cowley seeks to promote healthy lifestyles by collaborating to raise awareness and encourage involvement for all residents of Cowley County. RISE stands for “Raising awareness, Improving health, Supporting collaboration and Energizing communities.”

In 2017, Cowley County was selected as one of eight Kansas communities in the largest community grant program ever funded by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas through a grant facilitated by RISE Cowley. For more information, visit www.risecowley.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.


About Pathways to a Healthy Kansas

Pathways to a Healthy Kansas is the largest community grant program ever funded by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas. The Pathways program provides 16 community coalitions with the tools and resources needed to remove barriers and engage their communities in ways that enable healthy eating and tobacco-free, active living to become a way of life.

The Pathways grant funding for each community includes a $100,000 coordination grant, along with the opportunity to apply for non-competitive implementation and achievement grants totaling $400,000.

For more information about Pathways to a Healthy Kansas, visit www.bcbsks.com/pathways.


About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas

For more than 75 years, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas (BCBSKS) has built a reputation of trust with its members and contracting providers by providing outstanding customer service while quickly and accurately processing claims; fairly administering benefit plans and contracts; offering programs, services and tools to help members to improve or maintain their health; and operating under the highest ethical standards while being good stewards of premium dollars.

BCBSKS is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and is the state’s largest insurer, serving all Kansas counties except Johnson and Wyandotte counties. For more information, visit www.bcbsks.com.