Health Department Announces First Golden Beet Winner
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† It isn‚Äôt always easy to create new health habits. Often, it takes a champion to take on the challenge and encourage others to make healthier choices. One woman in north Omaha is being recognized for her exceptional efforts of promoting health and disease prevention in her neighborhood.
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Through her work with the Douglas County Putting Prevention to Work initiative, the Rev. Portia Cavitt, Pastor of Clair United Methodist Church, created a wellness program, worked with kids in a community garden, and encouraged members of her church and community to make the healthy choice. It is her work in her congregation and its extension into her community that earned recognition from the Douglas County Health Department.
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† She is honored as the first recipient of the Golden Beet Award.
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ‚ÄúRev. Cavitt is one of the dynamic individuals in our community who took the goals of community health from thought to implementation. Her energy and tenacity is inspiring and her work is making a real shift in health behavior in north Omaha,‚ÄĚ said Mary Balluff, chief of community health and nutrition services at the Douglas County Health Department.
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Community health and wellness efforts are improving through the collective work of businesses, schools, recreation and faith groups. While those efforts are at the organizational level, the Golden Beet Award is designed to recognize an individual who has taken community goals into their neighborhoods.
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ‚ÄúAfter Rev. Cavitt completed the initial health goals of this initiative, she exceeded our expectations by continuing to take the lead in implementing additional health solutions in north Omaha, such as work with the American Heart Association and the Prevention Stroke Walks,‚ÄĚ said Balluff.
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Designed by local artists Ed Fennell and Crystal Forge at Hot Shops Art Center, the Golden Beet Award is a handcrafted, glass piece with a beet in gold and inscribed with the recipient‚Äôs name.