The City of Hot Springs was recognized a second time as a “Thriving Community” by the Arkansas Coalition for Obesity Prevention for its Growing Healthy Communities work during the past year.
“Thriving Community,” the highest designation awarded by ArCOP, is based on the city’s efforts to become a healthier community through data collection, environmental changes and policy changes. Hot Springs was among nine communities in Arkansas to receive the top award. In addition, 21 Arkansas communities received the Blossoming Community designation, and 31 received Emerging Community status.
”This continued recognition for achievement is due to the hard work of all of the Growing Healthy Communities-Hot Springs (GHCHS) committee members, volunteers, and community sponsors,” said Parks & Trails Director Jean Wallace, GHCHS Walkability Committee coordinator. “Congratulations go to each of them for their dedication to growing a healthy Hot Springs.”
Since 2009, the Arkansas Coalition for Obesity Prevention (ArCOP) has been helping Arkansas communities build capacity to reduce obesity through its Growing Healthy Communities program. ArCOP aims to improve the health of all Arkansas communities by increasing access to physical activity and healthy eating to reduce and prevent obesity, and by implementing environmental and policy changes that support healthy living. The coalition works towards its goals through programming, training, and funding opportunities. Questions about ArCOP may be directed to Katrina Betancourt, Chair Elect, at Katrina.email@example.com or (501) 581-2390.
Alisha Chatman, Director of Community Health at Levi Hospital and GHCHS Nutrition Education Committee coordinator, attended the ArCOP Community Recognition ceremony in December to receive the certificate. She and Wallace will present it to Mayor Carney at the January 17 Hot Springs Board of Directors meeting.