Launched on August 18, 2019, the FaithHealth Appalachia walkers and runners began their journey towards spiritual and physical fitness. Over 60 people participated as part of the initial group who met on Sunday afternoons at 2:00p.m. at Ritter Park to train for the Marshall Half Marathon and 5K run that took place on November 3, 2019. FaithHealth Runners and walkers continued to meet in the month of December at the Marshall University Rec Center. Thirty- five people participated in the “Thirty-one miles in Thirty-one days” challenge. FaithHealth Runners/ Walkers will kick off their 2020 season during the week of January 19th on Sunday afternoon’s at 3:00p.m.. An additional group for pastors will be available on Wednesday mornings at 6:00a.m. at the Marshall Campus Rec.
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Happy Healthy Highlawn Initiative
The Highlawn Alliance was formed in 2018 to “Bridge social capital between faith communities and existing civic entities in order to streamline approaches for the transformation of the Highlawn community. “ The Alliance seeks to build capacity by evaluating what already exists in the community, addressing weakness, highlighting strengths, and leveraging assets. The Highlawn Alliance includes several entities including: business, non-profits, school system, faith communities, government, residence and civic groups. In 2018 FaithHealth Appalachia was approached by the Foundation for the Tri-state to consider launching the a formal Community Development Cooperation for the Highlawn Alliance. After board review, the Happy Health Highlawn Initative became a formal program of FaithHealth Appalachia.
The Highlawn Alliance has already worked with faith communities and stakeholders in the community to planted 100 trees, raised $50,000.00 to build a habitat house for a local resident, conducted two Thanksgiving worship service and prayer walks and raised an additional $750.00 for the St. Mary’s Hospitality House and $850.00 for the Highlawn Elementary Backpack Program. This initiative just received $200,000.00 from the America’s Best Communities Funding through the Foundation for the Tri-state to continue their health and wellbeing initiatives which include: access to healthy, fresh, local produce, family education opportunities such as parenting, cooking, GED and financial navigation classes, building a local picnic shelter for community gatherings, safe transportation routes that are bikeable and walkable to the new elementary school, women’s health initiatives and quality housing for women and children.