During several of my visits throughout Greater Peoria, I have had many community leaders express interest in developing community wellness strategies. Recognizing the role of community health in creating vibrant cities and economies, community leaders have started searching for projects to encourage community wellness.
Given this demand for community wellness strategies, the GPEDC has identified several successful community health models. One strategy that has been of particular interest is the creation of community wellness centers. These centers encourage the health of residents of all ages by providing exercise facilities and classes to the general public, with a focus on providing services to those with healthcare needs.
An exemplary facility already exists in this region, in the Village of Hopedale. The Hopedale Wellness Center is supported by the Hopedale Medical Complex, provides two pools, exercise equipment and classes, and is staffed by medical professionals. This particular facility has encouraged health and wellness not only in Hopedale, but throughout rural Tazewell County. Due to the success of this facility, the GPEDC is working with our rural communities to identify ways to replicate its success.
Partnering with University of Illinois Extension and Hopedale Medical Complex, the next Rural Roundtable will be held at the Hopedale Wellness Center on Friday, June 23rd from 9:00 to 11:30 AM. Those attending will be taken on a tour of the facility and will engage in a discussion regarding community wellness strategies.
If you are interested in attending, please RSVP by contacting Nathan Davis, the Director of Rural Development at firstname.lastname@example.org.