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Moving Starke County Forward is working to reduce the stigma attached to drug abuse and deaths due to overdoses. The 56 ribbons that have lined the front lawn of Starke Hospital for the past few weeks represent local lives lost to drug overdoses over the past seven years. They were moved to Wythogan Park in Knox last night for the second annual candlelight vigil to remember lives lost and celebrate those who are in recovery. Continue reading
Starke County is making strides in the war on drugs with regard to overdose deaths. Local health department officials say average of nine drug-related deaths were reported between 2008 and 2013, with numbers ranging between seven and 12 annually. Data from 2014 and 2015 indicates four overdoses, which is a significant drop. Continue reading
Time’s running out for those taking part in Moving Starke County Forward’s summer walking challenge to log their miles. Continue reading
Moving Starke County Forward’s summer walking challenge is entering its final weeks. As of last Friday, more than 8,300 miles have been logged by 143 participants, according to the organization. Continue reading
Starke County is reporting some positive news in the battle against drug overdose.
Starke County residents continue making progress on this year’s Moving Starke County Forward walking challenge. So far, 143 participants have logged over 6,300 miles as part of “Starke County Walks to the Moon,” according to the organization. Continue reading
The moon is the destination for this summer’s Moving Starke County Forward Get Moving Challenge. The fourth annual event encourages community members to get up and get moving by walking, biking or taking part in any physical activity of their choice. Continue reading
Moving Starke County Forward says its summer walking challenge is off to a good start. So far, residents have logged over 1,500 miles as part of “Starke County Walks to the Moon.” Continue reading
Moving Starke County Forward is providing an incentive to help Starke County residents get active and stay healthy. Those who sign up to take part in this year’s walking challenge, “Starke County Walks to the Moon,” by this Friday will be entered into a drawing to win a Fitbit Flex. Continue reading
Moving Starke County Forward’s annual summer walking challenge kicks off Monday. Local residents are encouraged to get moving by joining the organization in Monday’s Memorial Day Parade in Knox. Continue reading
Moving Starke County Forward has announced its latest effort to help residents stay active over the summer. The theme for this year’s Get Moving Challenge is “Starke County Walks to the Moon.” Continue reading
Community nonprofit organization Moving Starke County Forward is receiving national attention for its efforts to improve health outcomes for local residents. Continue reading
The numbers have not moved significantly, but there have been some improvements.
That’s according to representatives of local non-profit Moving Starke County Forward in response to the recently released County Health Rankings report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute.
Moving Starke County Forward is seeking volunteers from across the county to help with the fourth annual Get Moving Challenge. Continue reading
Moving Starke County Forward’s continuing with its challenge for residents to walk at least 30 minutes a day for a month. Continue reading
Moving Starke County Forward organizers are striving to improve health outcomes for local residents with a new healthy challenge. They cite statistics from 2011 that indicate 37 percent of adults ages 20 and over in Starke County reported no leisure-time physical activity. They say this plays a factor in Starke County ranking 90th of 92 counties in terms of healthy outcomes. Continue reading
Community members paused last night at Wythogan Park to celebrate the 61 Starke County lives lost to drug overdoses over the past seven years as well as those who are in long-term recovery. Aaron Kochar is the director of prevention and education at Porter-Starke Services. He says people are now more likely to die from a fatal overdose than from a car accident.
“Up until last year, if you died in an accident it was some sort of motor vehicle accident. Now it’s overdose. Another statistic that is concerning is the fact that while a number of people will die in overdose from heroin, in fact we’ve got about three times the number who will die from a prescription opioid overdose.” Continue reading
Moving Starke County Forward is trying to take the stigma out of drug overdoses with a Sunday evening event at Wythogan Park in Knox. Advocates and community members will remember the 61 lives lost in Starke County with a candlelight vigil and share information about the perils and pitfalls of drug use. Jordan Morris from Starke County Community Corrections says people who use drugs are less likely to be aware of the potential consequences of their actions. She says common rationalizations include “I know my limit” or “I always test what I get first, so I know the strength of it.” She adds mixing different types of drugs can often prove fatal. Continue reading
The checkered flag will drop on the annual Moving Starke County Forward fitness challenge tomorrow. Team and individual awards will be presented at 2 p.m. during the WoodStarke festival at Wythogan Park in Knox. Continue reading