During its pre-meeting Tuesday, the Sedalia City Council heard an update on the Blue Ribbon Steering Committee and its Healthy Living Action Group committee.
“The goal of the Healthy Living Action Group is to encourage and promote healthy lifestyles to reduce obesity,” said HLAG Chairwoman Sarah Nail. “And through that, our project, Healthy U.”
The Healthy U program was two years in the making before inducting its inaugural class last January, Nail said. During the past 12 months the group lost a combined 472 pounds and improved glucose levels across the board.
“We’re still digging into the information and numbers for the past year, but something I thought was very interesting was the effect Healthy U had on the class’s immediate family members,” Nail said. “(Healthy U winner Bob Satnan) reported his teenage son lost 40 pounds this year; we saw a lot of great stories like that.”
Nail noted the Healthy U Class of 2013 was recently selected and HLAG planned to make a few tweaks to its program this year.
“We found the weekly support meetings that the Healthy U class had were very helpful and encouraging so we’ve decided to add that to the community portion this year,” she said. “We’ll also have monthly Moving 101 programs and, something I’m very excited about, we’ll be starting a cooking class.”
During the meeting council also:
• Heard a presentation about the Pearl River, a stream that once ran through Sedalia and was turned into an underground sewer.
• Approved a rezoning change for properties at 703 and 705 Sunset Dr. and 1810 W. Broadway Blvd. from residential to commercial. Brian Grassa, with Cedarwood Development, told council a 7,000-square- foot Advance Auto Parts store will be built on the site.
• Approved an ordinance allowing Bothwell Regional Health Center to refinance its bond. The original $23 million bond, approved in 1997, was used to build the hospital’s southeast wing, which includes the main entrance, operating room expansion and rehabilitation out-patient area. The refinancing will allow Bothwell to pay off the bond during its 2016 fiscal year, saving a total of $308,000.