‘Engage’ is an initiative developed and implemented by Lakewood’s Community Health department. The intent of ‘Engage’ is to partner with schools, and community and public health organizations to improve the health and well-being of the communities in which Lakewood serves. This is done through current programs and initiatives such as: Regional Healthy Food Collaborative, Healthy Kids Collaborative, Farmers Market, and more. New programs are continually being developed to help address areas of need, as indicated by the Community Health Needs Assessment.
Regional Healthy Food Collaborative
A collaborative initiative working together to positively impact the communities in which we serve, by increasing access to safe, nutritious and affordable food for positive health impact. The three food access interventions which are part of the Healthy Food Collaborative are: Choose Health, Food Farmacy and Fresh Delivered.
Choose Health – Connecting food insecure families with health food
- Eligibility is based on positive food insecure screenings done by Lakewood providers
- Serves 100 families
- Bi-monthly summer, and monthly winter, shares of locally-sourced food
Food Farmacy – Individually-tailored intervention. Physician or care team referral required.
- Bi-monthly food
- Health coach with goal setting and support
- Top 10 social determinants of health screening and referral
- Education, cooking skills, and budget classes offered
Fresh Delivered – Home-based healthy food program connecting seniors with healthy food in their home.
- Multi-unit housing focus – serving seven buildings across three counties
- Locally-sourced during the summer
- Fare for All (in select buildings) over the winter
- Serves 200 seniors annually
Healthy Kids Collaborative
A collaborative initiative working to improve the physical activity and nutrition environment for children in the places they live, learn and play.
Cardinal Pax – Provides a free supply of nutritious food for children when school lunch and breakfast are unavailable on a weekend or school holiday.
- Each bag contains two breakfasts and two lunches
- 50 students a week benefit from the program
- School social workers prepare and deliver the bags to the children’s backpack at the end of the week
- Serves the Staples Motley School District and Sacred Heart School
Farmers Market – Lakewood hosts the Staples Area Farmers Market throughout the growing season, typically May-October.
- Every Thursday from 2 to 5:30 p.m. in the southeast parking lot of the Main Campus
- Every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 798 1st NE, Staples
- Items for sale include fresh produce, fresh cut flowers, meats, eggs, homemade baked goods, jams and jellies, and more.