Blog Posts By: David Toland

Allen County wins Culture of Health Prize

September 19, 2017

It is with tremendous excitement that we announce that our home — Allen County, Kansas — has been named as a 2017 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize winner. The Prize honors communities for their unwavering efforts to ensure all residents have the opportunity to live healthier lives. And that certainly describes what […]

Dear Bike, I like you. Let’s go see a movie! Love, Allen County Pedalfest

September 1, 2016

Establishing a culture of health in a small community takes many ingredients.  One of the most important is making active living normal—a regular part of daily routines for people in overalls or blue jeans as much as for people in spandex. When people see an adult male on a bicycle, we want the assumption to […]

Iola turns floodplain into oasis

April 16, 2015

In the summer of 2007 a 100-year flood hit rural Iola, Kansas (pop. 6000). Roughly 120 homes—primarily owned by low-to-moderate income Iolans—were destroyed. This punch to the gut was made worse when locals discovered that a buyout of properties in the floodplain by FEMA meant that no structures could ever again be built in what […]

Southeast Kansas Uses County Health Rankings to ‘Thrive’

April 12, 2012

Today our guest blogger, David Toland, discusses how the recent county health rankings released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation affects Southeast Kansas. You can find out how your county ranks by visiting the Kansas Health Institute. David is the Executive Director for Thrive Allen County, a nonprofit in Southeast Kanasas that provides a new […]

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