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The Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri: women building better communities.

League Signature Program: HealthyLivingKC by the numbers

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HealthyLivingKC is one of the League’s five Signature Programs. The committee partners with the Urban Neighborhood Initiative (UNI) to host two health and wellness fairs a year, so residents in underserved neighborhoods can receive health screenings and wellness resources they may not have access to otherwise.

At the fall fair last October, the committee and UNI welcomed 477 fair participants and had the opportunity to give in kind:

  • 405 bags of Thanksgiving food
  • 315 turkey vouchers
  • 300 hats
  • 300 gloves
  • 300 cups of coffee
  • 200 books
  • 155 dental screenings
  • 97 flu shots
  • 50 blood pressure screenings
  • 50 glucose screenings
  • 25 cholesterol screenings
  • 20 clinical breast exams
  • 7 free pneumonia vaccinations

Mayor Sly James even promoted the event through social media and Councilman Jermaine Reed stopped by to show his support!

HealthyLivingKC Chair, Rachel Kabukala, said her favorite part of volunteering on the HealthyLivingKC Committee is the interaction with the Kansas City community, both through outstanding organizations like UNI and also through the people in the neighborhoods we serve.

She also said, “One of my favorite memories is sitting around a table during our debriefing after the fall fair and having many of the women ask if we could continue to work on the same committee together next year. That’s a testament both to the efficacy and enthusiasm of the women on our committee, but also to the program as a whole. Last year was the inaugural year for HealthyLivingKC, and the former Chair, Theresa Uchytil-Etler worked so hard to get the ball rolling. She set us up for an enormous amount of success this year, and we are extremely appreciative!”

Congrats and thank you to all who helped make the fall fair a success!

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This entry was posted on January 10, 2017 by in Community Impact.
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