Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Promise seeks nominations for 2019 Addink Community Service Award

SIOUX CENTER – Promise Community Health Center of Sioux Center seeks nominations for this year’s Addink Community Service Award.

The deadline to submit a nomination is Sept. 16.

The award will be presented during Promise Community Health Center’s annual “An Evening of Promise” Celebration and Fundraiser on Thursday, Oct. 17, at Terrace View Event Center in Sioux Center. The honoree will be notified prior to the event and will be recognized publicly.

“Volunteers bring together communities and enrich the organization and people they serve,” said Amy Kleinhesselink, co-CEO for Promise. “Promise Community Health Center recognizes a volunteer each year with the Addink award as way to express our gratitude and honor to all those who give their time.”

The Addink Community Service Award was created in 2012 to recognize one individual, or family, who has made a positive impact on the community through volunteerism. The award is named after Ken and Barb Addink of Sioux Center in recognition of their lifetime of involvement in community activities. In particular, their volunteer service was instrumental in establishing dental services at Promise.
The award recognizes and honors an exceptional individual or family that makes volunteerism and community service a way of life. The award recipient exemplifies the best in volunteeringa sense of caring and responsibility for others, for the betterment of the local community and for the greater world beyond. 
Specifically, the winner will be someone who:

    Gives freely and unselfishly of their time to community activities;

    Inspires others to serve and acts as a role model;

    Has a positive impact upon the direction and success of community projects, programs or individuals;

    Improves the lives of others.

Anyone can nominate a person, or family, for the award. Anyoneexcept for a Promise employee, current board member or immediate family member of an employee or board member is eligible to receive the award. Nominations will remain on file for three years.

To fill out an online nomination form, visit bit.ly/AddinkAward19. To have a nomination form emailed or mailed to you, contact Rebecca Baatz at 712-722-1700 or rbaatz@promisechc.org. A form also is available at www.promisechc.org.

Promise Community Health Center of Sioux Center is a Federally Qualified Health Center serving northwest Iowa. Promise provides medical, prenatal, dental, vision, behavioral health and family planning services. To learn more, visit www.promisechc.org.



Promise Community Health Center’s 11th annual “An Evening of Promise” Celebration and Fundraiser is slated for Thursday, Oct. 17, at Terrace View Event Center in Sioux Center. The event will feature entertainment by highly rated dueling piano group, Dueling Duo, a catered dinner and presentation of the Addink Community Service Award. Ticket sales will run through October 14. To purchase tickets online, visit promiseevent2019.eventbrite.com.


The past recipients of the Addink Community Service Award are:

    Ken and Barb Addink – 2012;

    Tom and Marlene Van Holland – 2013;

    Jean Ellis – 2014;

    Rob and Sharon Schelling – 2015;

    Rod and Jayne Hofmeyer – 2016;

    Barbara Top – 2017.

    Judy Hauswald – 2018.

Friday, August 2, 2019

Join us for second annual Healthy Heroes Run & Walk on Sept. 21

by Derrick Vander Waal

SIOUX CENTER, IOWA – Promise Community Health Center and Sioux Center Health want everyone in the community to become a “healthy hero.”

That’s why they are joining forces again to put on the second annual Healthy Heroes 5K Race / 1-mile Family Fun Walk on Saturday, Sept. 21. This year, the event will be held at Children’s Park in Sioux Center.

The 5-kilometer race (3.1 miles) is slated for 8:30 a.m. The free 1-mile Family Fun Walk, or run, will start at 9:30 a.m. A health fair featuring an array of interactive games and activities will be offered 9-11 a.m.

Register online for the event at: HealthyHeroes2019.eventbrite.com. People also can stop in and register in person at Promise.

Everyone in the community is invited to attend – no matter your fitness level.

“Promise and Sioux Center Health believe that a healthy, vibrant community is only possible if we have healthy and vibrant families,” said Stephanie Van Ruler, population health manager at Promise and one of the event coordinators. “Early prevention and early access to education and health resources are keys to building a better tomorrow. There are many building blocks that bring about a flourishing and healthy community. This event is just one of many blocks that helps build the foundation for the future.”

Healthy Heroes is being held during September for National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month as a way to promote awareness about the dangers of childhood obesity and the positive effects of wellness for both children and adults.

Therefore, the timing and purpose is to promote healthy lifestyles – fitting with the theme.

“Choosing health is a super power,” Van Ruler said. “Starting healthy habits early on in life sets our kids up for success and health as they grow.”

The 5K run will be timed, and metals will be awarded for the top 3 places in each age division. The registration fee for the 5K is $15 for adults and $10 for youth 17 years old and younger. Participants also will receive a complimentary event T-shirt.

The 1-mile event will be free. The route will include interactive activity stops hosted by local physical therapy and wellness personnel, including obstacle courses, balance activities and more. Runners, walkers and children riding strollers are welcome. Any family who has two or more participants will be able to enter a drawing for a family summer pass to the Siouxnami Water Park in Sioux Center.

Participants also are encouraged to dress up again as a superhero to fit the theme of the event. A prize for “Best Dressed” will be awarded again.

Along with the 5K and 1-mile events, several organizations in the community will offer various educational and fun activities for families, including car-seat checks, storybook walk, superhero photo booth, spray tattoos, 5-2-1-0 healthy habits, nutrition information and more. Everyone who completes a bingo card for the booths will be entered into a drawing for a grand prize.

Van Ruler said the inaugural event was “a huge success,” so the organizers are excited about what this year will bring.

“Walking around and watching the event unfold was surreal,” she said. “There was laughter, chatter and squeals of excitement – the sounds of kids learning, laughing and growing together. We learned a lot from the first year and hope that this year is even better than last year.”

What: Healthy Heroes Run & Walk
When: Saturday, September, 21
8:30 a.m. – 5K Race
9:30 a.m. – 1-mile Family Fun Walk
9-11 a.m. – Health Fair
Where: Children’s Park; Sioux Center, IA
How: Register online at HealthyHeroes2019.eventbrite.com. Or, stop in or call Stephanie Van Ruler at Promise Community Health Center.
Why: Promote healthy lifestyles for people in community.
For more info, contact: Stephanie Van Ruler, Promise CHC, at svanruler@promisechc.org or Krystal Vander Pol, Sioux Center Health, at krystal.vanderpol@siouxcenterhealth.org.