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HealthWorks! Receives $10,000 for Nutritional Programming
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), June 24, 2018 - HealthWorks! Kids' Museum St. Louis has announced that the Monsanto Fund has awarded $10,000 in grant funding to the organization to help further its nutritional programming.

The grant will allow Healthworks! to license and update the Be A Food Groupie, Food Group Frenzy and Move It programs; train health educators, and provide free admission to approximately 500 children and caregivers set to attend the Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition's Back-to-School event at the museum in August.

The educational programs at Healthworks! Kids' Museum St. Louis take an in-depth look at an array of different topics designed to improve the oral and overall healthy habits of children and families. Nutritional programming covers the five food groups, discusses how each type of food impacts the body, explains the digestive process and encourages individuals to exercise, develop a palate for good nutrition and make positive choices to achieve optimum health. The Back-to-School event will focus on nutrition and demonstrate how to get one's body and mind ready to rock the school year.

"Engaging, motivating and encouraging children to consider health issues at a young age helps them to discover a sense of empowerment regarding their own health," said Shannon Woodcock, president and chief executive officer of HealthWorks! Kids' Museum St. Louis. "We are so very thankful for the funding received by the Monsanto Fund and look forward to partnering with them as we fulfill our mission of infectiously contaminating children of all ages to learn, have fun and make great life choices."

HealthWorks! Kids' Museum St. Louis is located at 1100 Macklind Ave., St. Louis, MO, 63110. General admission to the museum is $7 for ages three and up. Members and those under two are free. To learn more, call 314-241-7391, visit www.hwstl.org.


New Mobile Health Screening Van Begins Operations
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), June 10, 2018 - Metro Transit riders and local residents will have access to free mobile health screening services at four locations in the City of St. Louis.

A Mobile Health Van operated by Betty Jean Kerr People's Health Centers will provide free blood pressure screenings and other health assessments to transit riders and nearby residents on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., alternating locations each week during the month.

The first Tuesday of the month, the van will be at the Forest Park-DeBaliviere Transit Center; the second Tuesday of the month, at the Grand MetroLink Station; the third Tuesday of the month at the Civic Center Transit Center; and the fourth Tuesday of the month at the Riverview Transit Center.

The mobile health van services are free, with no insurance, payment or copay required. Adults 18 years of age and older can stop by the van during operating hours with no appointment necessary. In addition to providing blood pressure screenings and other health needs assessments at no charge, adults will also be provided with assistance in applying for health insurance and options for follow-up care at community health centers in the area.

"Access to health care is so important, and regular care and regular checkups are vital when it comes to maintaining healthy and happy lifestyles," said St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson. "Addressing minor health conditions before they turn into major issues improves the quality of life for residents as well as minimizes disruptions to our lives and helps keep down the costs of health care for everyone."


Mobile Farmers Market Rolls Into the Rock Road Transit Center
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), June 10, 2018 - Metro Transit riders have another convenient and affordable option to purchase fresh fruit, vegetables and other grocery items during their commutes.

Metro Transit and the Bi-State Development Research Institute have partnered with St. Louis MetroMarket to bring the mobile farmers market to the Rock Road Transit Center (6906 St. Charles Rock Road). During this ten-week program, the St. Louis MetroMarket will be open for business at the Rock Road Transit Center from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. every Thursday through August 9.

Created from a retired and donated MetroBus, St. Louis MetroMarket launched in 2015 to help restore access to healthy, affordable food in areas of the St. Louis region identified as food deserts, where residents do not have easy access to fresh, healthy food options.

"There are areas of our region, particularly in North St. Louis County, where residents have a difficult time trying to reach grocery stores or other resources where they can get fresh produce and nutritious food for their families," said John Wagner, Director of the Bi-State Development Research Institute. "This new partnership with St. Louis MetroMarket, in combination with the Link Markets operating at the North Hanley and Wellston Transit Centers, are helping the region address issues like food insecurity by providing easy and affordable options to access fresh, healthy food for the thousands of people who use or live near the Metro transit system."

Last year, the Link Market food kiosk program was launched as a partnership between Metro Transit, the Bi-State Development Research Institute and the Missouri Foundation for Health, which is funding the program through a grant. The Link Market offers affordably priced produce and other healthy household staples to transit riders and residents living near the North Hanley and Wellston Transit Centers. The Link Market fresh food kiosks are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


CMT Enhances Free Guaranteed Ride Home Program to Include Ride-Hailing Services
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com) - Citizens for Modern Transit's (CMT) Guaranteed Ride Home Program is making it easier than ever for commuters who use public transit, ride their bikes or walk to work to gain access to more immediate transportation options if a personal need arises. Individuals are now able to utilize ride-hailing services, like Lyft, in the case of a personal emergency, sickness or unscheduled overtime. CMT subsidizes the cost of 80 percent of these types of rides, up to $60 per ride, for those eligible.

"While morning and evening traffic may indicate otherwise, there are a significant number or St. Louisans who ride the bus, take MetroLink, bike or even walk to work," said Kimberly Cella, executive director of Citizens for Modern Transit. "The Guaranteed Ride Home program is designed to give these individuals peace of mind knowing that, even if they don't have a car at their disposal, they can still gain access to immediate, transportation options if an unexpected situation arises. It basically serves as a safety net."

Commuters must be pre-registered with CMT to take advantage of the subsidized ride home options. Those who are employed at one of the more than 200 local businesses or organizations currently enrolled in CMT's Guaranteed Ride Home Program can complete the brief registration process at https://cmt-stl.org/. If a company is not yet enrolled in this free program, a quick online form must first be completed by the employer.

Through the Guaranteed Ride Home Program, commuters can also utilize a cab company or rent a vehicle from any of the Enterprise Rent-A-Car locations in the Greater St. Louis Region, Southern Missouri and Southern Illinois. Whether using a ride-hailing service like Lyft, arranging for a taxi cab or renting a vehicle through Enterprise Rent-A-Car, CMT reimburses the commuter 80 percent of the cost of the ride, up to $60 per ride. Commuters must pay upfront for the entire cost of the ride home and then submit the receipt to CMT for reimbursement.

"If you hail a ride and pay $20, you simply submit the receipt to CMT after your employer verifies employment, and we will send you $16 back," said Cella. "It really is a great deal and a very simple process."

"We know that St. Louisans are constantly on the go - whether they are taking public transit, biking, walking or driving," said Joe Schlichter, St. Louis Market Manager at Lyft. "We also know that unexpected situations arise, and when they do, you need to get wherever you need to be fast and reliably. We are proud to partner with Citizens for Modern Transit to further expand St. Louis' transportation infrastructure and help bring dependable transportation to all residents in every situation."


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Archived St. Louis Community News and Information:
 Tackling Vacancy: St. Louis Land Bank Assessment
 City Secures $1 Million Federal Grant to Rapidly Re-house People Experiencing Homelessness
 Grand Opening Planned for Trojan Park
 City of St. Louis Launches Prescription Drug Monitoring Program
 Mayor Slay Launches St. Louis Riverfront Butterfly Byway at Bellerive Park
 "Adinkra Tower" Sculpture Dedicated on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday

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