Healthy Pontiac, We Can! Quarterly Update
Welcome to the Healthy Pontiac, We Can! Quarterly Update. The coalition
consists of multiple community partners doing great work. We hope you find it
beneficial to know about these healthy happenings in Pontiac!
Adopt-A-Stop Pontiac is a partnership between SMART and community volunteers to help make the city’s bus stops safer and cleaner. Local individuals, businesses and civic organizations are encouraged to do their part by “adopting” a bus stop. You can make a positive difference for your community! Click on the image to download a flyer with more information!
POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE (PAL)
The Oakland County Sheriff Police Athletic League (PAL) partners with HPWC to make youth recreation leagues available to local youth. Sports like soccer, baseball and basketball are now available in a safe environment where law enforcement supports and inspires young people to reach their full potential. HPWC was able to facilitate joint-use agreements with local churches and the Pontiac School District. These facilities offered their gym space for PAL practices and games, beginning Spring 2016. HPWC was able to purchase equipment for PAL and each of the joint-use sites, in order to ensure each facility was sufficiently equipped to accommodate the PAL program.
VISIT A LOW COST PRODUCE MARKET IN PONTIAC
Make shopping for fresh and flavorful produce convenient, by consuming fresh fruits and vegetables from a local produce market open all year long. All of our produce markets accept SNAP/EBT making a safe and easy way for you to buy food for your entire family.
In the Spring and Summer months, our health educator is on-site with samples of healthy recipes and tips to help you eat well.
All Saints Episcopal Church
Saturdays, 10:00am - 2:00pm
171 W. Pike Street
CLINTON RIVER TRAIL AND PARK UPGRADES
We've partnered with the Friends of Clinton River Trail to install road crossing signs that provide walkers and bikers with a map of the trail and nearby places for lunch, shopping, or medical care. The signs also alert drivers to the trail entrance adding to the safety of walkers and bikers crossing the street. We also partnered with the Friends of the Pontiac Parks Association to install new signs at three local Pontiac Parks: Oakland, Cherrylawn, and Aaron-Perry. These signs look great and at a glance tell anyone driving by what activities they can do in the park. Click here for a complete list of Pontiac parks.
COMPLETE STREETS PONTIAC
In 2016, HPWC worked with The Greenway Collaborative, Inc. and the City of Pontiac to develop a Complete Streets plan to make Pontiac more walkable and bikeable for transportation, fitness, and fun. Eight community meetings were held in early 2016 to get input from Pontiac residents on walkability and bikeability needs in their neighborhood. For more information, visit http://walkbike.info/Pontiac/.
Fitness stations for adults were installed in Oakland Park as well as a walking path to give parents options to get active while watching their kids play nearby.
In 2015, two bike Fix-It stations were installed at the Pontiac Library and Beaudette Park, along with six bike racks throughout downtown Pontiac.
In 2016, Healthy Pontiac, We Can! installed 38 new bike racks in 25 locations around the city based on votes from Pontiac residents.
Healthy Bites is your guide to healthy eating! Look for the signage below and learn what steps you can take to get healthy today. Visit Huron Foods or Carnival Market today and see how easy it can be to find healthy options when shopping for food.
Healthy Pontiac, We Can! has partnered with St. Joseph Mercy Oakland (44405 Woodward Ave, Pontiac, MI 48341) to bring Healthy Bites signage to their new cafeteria in September 2016. The signage will remind patrons to make healthy choices.
Offered 4, eleven-week Cooking with Kids classes. Kids who participated showed a 12% increase in fruit and vegetable preference.
Provided 35 nutrition education sessions to 464 individuals at two Pontiac produce markets. Adults attending the sessions reported fruit consumption increased by 34% and vegetable consumption increased by 31.75%.
Collaborated with Pontiac Downtown Business Association to host 10 “Walk with Leaders” sessions totaling 43 participants. The walks occurred in downtown Pontiac and featured a different local leader weekly.
Hosted 4 pop-up exercise classes at Saginaw Green Park.
Partnered with Oakland County Sherriff’s PAL program to offer sports leagues to 365 local children.
Provided 543 produce boxes to people at 7 local sites through Gleaners Community Food Bank’s Fresh Food Share program.
Worked with The Greenway Collaborative to develop a “Complete Streets” Non-motorized Transportation Plan to make it easier for people to walk and bike around Pontiac with the help of input from more than 200 Pontiac residents.
Installed promotional materials in 7 Pontiac school cafeterias to encourage students to eat healthier.
Enhanced physical activity for more than 4,904 school children throughout Pontiac by offering evidence-based CATCH lessons and new physical education equipment.
Conducted five focus groups with 46 participants to learn more about the food and physical activity choices within the local Hispanic/Latino community in partnership with Centro Multicultural La Familia.
Audited Pontiac sidewalks covering more than 60 miles to assess walkability.
Installed 38 new bike racks in 25 different locations around the city.
Taught Cooking with Kids classes to 322 children throughout the summer of 2015.
Provided market education to 476 individuals who receive SNAP benefits in two Pontiac produce markets.
Hosted five outdoor community events in Pontiac parks, promoting physical activity and healthy eating to over 900 participants.
Developed a Breastfeeding Toolkit to guide organizations and businesses in implementing breastfeeding-friendly practices.
Partnered with Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency (OLHSA), Oakland Family Services (OFS), and Centro Multicultural La Familia in developing breastfeeding-friendly policies and practices, including breastfeeding spaces, for their organizations.
Installed a sign at Oakland Park highlighting the adult fitness stations and walking trail that were installed as part of a 2014 Healthy Pontiac, We Can! grant.
Installed two bike fix-it stations, ten bike racks, and way-finding signage throughout Pontiac to improve bikeability and promote the Clinton River Trail.
Launched the Fresh Food Share program in collaboration with Gleaners Community Food Bank at four Pontiac locations: Lighthouse of Oakland County, Pontiac Public Library, Walton Park Manor Cooperative, and Woodside Bible Church.
Established partnerships with Pontiac schools to begin healthy eating and physical activity interventions in 2016.
Created a Non-Motorized Transportation Steering Committee to guide the development and implementation of a Non-Motorized Transportation Plan for the city of Pontiac.
Added a walking trail at Oakland Park (Montcalm, Glenwood, & Hammond) around a playground so parents can stay active while kids play.
Installed Clinton River Trail road crossing signs at trail entrances to highlight points of interest and make the trail easier to find.
Installed signs at city parks to improve park visibility.
Hosted 7 park parties to get families active in the city of Pontiac.
Provided healthy recipe demonstrations at 2 weekly produce markets (All Saints' Church at 171 West pike St. on Saturdays, 10 am-2pm & Oakland Livingston Human Services Agency (OLHSA) at 196 Cesar E. Chavez Ave. on Tuesdays, 11am-1pm).
Launched the Healthy Bites program at Lafayette Market (154 N. Saginaw) to make buying healthy foods easier.
Implemented the Cooking with Kids curriculum at two summer feeding sites for children in grades K-6.
Launched the WIC Parks Pass pilot program to allow WIC clients free entry into select Oakland County parks for increased access to physical activity opportunities.
Lined residents to low-cost services in Pontiac for physical activity, fresh foods, and more!
Started a low cost produce market at Oakland Livingston Human Services Agency (OLHSA), (196 Cesar E. Chavez Avenue). This market accepts SNAP/EBT and offers low-cost fresh fruits and vegetables all year long.
Offered free produce and recipe samples at three local produce markets. While shopping, you could get tips for adding more fruits and vegetables, staying on budget, and ways to prep healthy foods.
Trained after-school staff at the Baldwin Center and Pontiac School District in the CATCH program. Kids in these programs have new sports equipment and spend more time being active during gym time.
Added adult fitness stations to the playground area at Oakland Park. Now parents can get active while watching their kids play without being too far away.
The Catch ya! Physical Activity Challenge created free walking clubs and other classes to let residents try new ways to get active and connect with other residents trying to move more.
2012 & 2011
Started a low cost produce market at St.John United Methodist Church (620 University Drive). This market accepts SNAP/Bridge cards and offers low-cost fresh fruits and vegetables all year long.
Offered 20 weeks of healthy food samples and a 6 week cooking class at the Baldwin Center Soup Kitchen.
Gave mixed greens and lettuce seedlings to families at Pontiac School District events along with information on gardening basics and recipes.
Healthy Pontiac, We Can! began in 2011, through a planning grant received by the Oakland County Health Division through the Michigan Department of Community Health's Building Healthy Communities program. The group asked residents what they do to be healthy and what they need from their community to be healthy. Looking at these answers and other available information, the group wrote a plan to support residents needs in eating healthier, moving more, and avoiding tobacco in Pontiac.