A huge thank you!
Thank you so much to all of our vendors, sponsors, volunteers, and runners!! Another huge success that is only due to the diligence of the community, the generosity of the people and the businesses, and the perseverance of the runners! It was a hot one this year! Everyone was amazing and we thank all of you!
The Healthy Carlisle Walking Trail at the City of Arlington
The walking trail started with an idea. In 2018 the City of Arlington joined Healthy Carlisle and expressed the need of a walking trail in their community. Through community buy-in and stake holders a plan was formulated that took into account the recent community health needs assessments showing that 46% of Carlisle County Residents aged 18 and older think that being overweight is one of the top three Health Issues facing their community and 29% think that a lack of physical activity is one of the top three Most Serious Risk Factors facing their community. 46% of residents are concerned about chronic diseases related to a lack of physical activity. The walking trail will help to address the above health issues and risk factors. Bobby McGee, the mayor of Arlington, has been the visionary as well as champion of this project.
This project is also an example of how a community can come together and improve wellness. The City of Arlington donated land behind the Arlington Medical Clinic to build the walking trail. The coalition applied for many grants in the early stages to create a walking trail, but they were not successful. The coalition met to discuss other fundraising efforts and the group decided on hosting it’s first ever 5k Water Color Run. The run had over 80 participants and raised $2,205 for the trail. Purchase District Health Department received a $7,000 grant for the trail. Citizens Deposit Bank donated $1,000, the City of Arlington donated $500, Byassee Construction took $1,000 off the original estimate and a private citizen donated $1,000.
Sponsors of the first ever Healthy Carlisle 5k Water Color Run were the rock that rolled into a boulder to fund the walking trail. Platinum Sponsors were- Platinum Sponsors – Arlington United Methodist Church, Gracies Home and Gifts, Medcare Pharmacy, Molcajetes Mexican Restaurant, Hockers, Bardwell Pharmacy. Gold Sponsors included- Gaddies Mowing, Citizens Bank, Quality Roll Off, Milner and Orr, Dr. Zetter. And Silver Sponsors – Creative Vision Printing, Lourdes MercyHealth, Deana O’Neal.
The ground breaking for the walking trail was held on October 15th at 11:00am. But we are not done yet! The Second Annual 5k color run will be held this summer on August 10th to continue to fund the needs of the walking trail including signs and lighting. Memorial Benches are also available for donation.
The Healthy Carlisle Coalition conducted a community health needs assessement in 2015 to discover the strengths of Carlisle County and what initiatives the residents would like to see in the county. Through the results of that assessment, it was determined that they would like to have a Family Night. In 2016, the health coalition partnered with the Purchase District Health Department, Carlisle County Extension Services, Four Rivers Behavioral Health, Carlisle County Fiscal Court, Carlisle County 4H, Carlisle County Homemakers, Kentucky Cancer Program, Lourdes Behavioral Health, Southeast United Dairy Industry Association, Aetna, Anthem, Passport, Humana, Purchase Area Diabetes Connection, Bardwell Baptist Church, and Carlisle County High School Web Design Class to host their first ever Family Fun Night. This event offered parent and child health engagement activities to increase awareness and well-being. In 2017, another survey was conducted in the community to create a new project in Carlisle County. It was learned that access to physical activity is limited to residents in Carlisle County. Currently, the health coalition is undergoing a project to build an ADA compliant walking path in Arlington, Kentucky.
Healthy Carlisle is a coalition of community members, organizations and local government dedicated to improving the health and well-being of Carlisle County residents.
To bring together community partners, individuals, and families to impact our built environment to enable citizens of Carlisle County to improve overall well-being.