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May 31

Don’t just focus on the number on the scale.

Posted to Building FUN Healthy Community on May 31, 2019 at 8:43 AM by James Gant

It’s important to find different ways to measure success other than stepping on the scale. Instead, pay attention to how you feel after you’ve been working out consistently. “For years, scientists have said that body mass index (BMI) can’t distinguish between fat and muscle, which tends to be heavier and can tip more toned individuals into overweight status, even if their fat levels are low. In the journal Science, the latest data from University of Pennsylvania shows that BMI also doesn’t tease apart different types of fat, each of which can have different metabolic effects on health. BMI cannot take into consideration, for example, where the body holds fat. Belly fat, which is known as visceral fat, is more harmful than fat that simply sitting under the skin.” Read on about why BMI isn’t the best:

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Apr 16

Prairie Township Named a Safe Place®

Posted to Building FUN Healthy Community on April 16, 2019 at 9:57 AM by James Gant

Prairie Township Named a Safe Place®

for Youth Outreach program provides immediate help and safety for all youth in crisis

Prairie Township Community Center, Fire Department and Administration Building are each now a designated Safe Place in the central Ohio community. The buildings will display the yellow and black Safe Place sign, which signifies immediate help and safety for youth.

It is estimated over one million youth run away from home each year due to abuse, neglect, family conflicts and other issues. The Safe Place program is an option for young people who feel they have nowhere to turn. Columbus’ Safe Place initiative, operated by Huckleberry House, is part of a national network of Safe Place programs in 37 states and the District of Columbia. Nearly 20,000 community businesses and organizations nationwide display the Safe Place sign, making help readily available for youth in need.

"By making their community center a Safe Place, Prairie Township provides a safe alternative for runaway or homeless youth in their community," states Becky Westerfelt, Executive Director of Huckleberry House.

Prairie Township Recreation Director states, “This is an important way for Prairie Township to serve those who are most vulnerable and in the greatest need of critical assistance.  As a Community Center we felt this was another way we can serve our community.”

Huckleberry House is central Ohio’s Safe Place® agency and has 82 partner sites, including all 23 locations in the Columbus Metropolitan Library system. In addition to Safe Place sites, youth may also access immediate help via TXT 4 HELP, a text-for-support service for youth in crisis. Teens can text the word “safe” and their current location (address, city, state) to 69866 and receive a message with the closest Safe Place location and the number for the local youth shelter. Users also have the option to text interactively with a mental health professional for more help.

About Huckleberry House

Started in 1970 as a shelter for runaway teens, Huckleberry House serves young people and families in crisis. The organization’s four core programs include a 24-hour shelter for teens, an 18-month transitional living program for young adults who have experienced homelessness and are preparing to live independently in permanent housing, a youth outreach team that connects young people with resources and a family support counseling program with an expertise in adolescent cognitive behavior practices. To learn more visit:

About National Safe Place Network

National Safe Place Network (NSPN) provides quality training and technical support for youth and family service organizations across the country. Along with being a leading membership organization offering tailored organizational development, training and professional development packages, NSPN also operates the nationally recognized programs Safe Place, HTR3, and the Family and Youth Services Bureau’s Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center (RHYTTAC). To learn more, please visit

Mar 18

The Bees are coming!

Posted to Building FUN Healthy Community on March 18, 2019 at 12:41 PM by James Gant

The Bees are coming.

The PTCC is collaborating with local beekeepers to bring honeybees to the Prairie Township Community Center wildflower prairie.  So why is the PTCC bringing honeybees to the wild flower prairie?   Just take a look at the number of plants that rely on the honeybee for pollination, and you will begin to understand why.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture states that the honeybee pollinate 80 percent of our flowering crops, which constitute one-third or everything we eat.  Losing these pollinators would greatly affect not only dietary staples such as strawberries, blueberries, apples, broccoli, cucumbers, and peppers but could threaten our dairy and beef industries as well. 

The PTCC wanted to do its part to help keep the bee population strong with our 2-acre wildflower prairie we thought we would be an ideal location for a couple of hives.  Beginning in April there will be two new beehives out in the prairie.  We hope to offer several classes with our local beekeepers this summer for our members and residents to learn about these amazing pollinators.