As a part of the Pathways to a Healthy Kansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas initiative, RISE Cowley awarded grant funds in the amount of $1,350 to William Newton Hospital for the purchase of three bike racks on the hospital campus.
William Newton Hospital’s employee wellness committee and patient family advisory council each noted that the hospital campus was lacking a secure and dedicated method to park bicycles.
The new bike racks were installed this summer near the hospital’s main entrance, outside the north entrance, and between the Winfield Healthcare Center and Physicians Pavilion for shared access.
“Using bicycles to travel is inexpensive, environmentally friendly, and promotes physical activity,” Sarah Johnson said, William Newton Hospital director of marketing, strategy, and communications. “Having bike racks accessible will encourage patients, visitors, and staff to use this mode of transportation.”
RISE Cowley is currently focused on three areas: healthy eating and active living, preventative health and wellness, and county resource awareness and collaboration. Currently, there are $28,000 in mini-grant funds available to Cowley County entities to further these efforts. To apply for a mini-grant or learn more about RISE Cowley, visit risecowley.org.