Heart of Hutch dissolves; activities continue through Hutchinson Health

Heart of Hutch, a grass-roots effort led by volunteers, started in 2010 with the mission of inspiring positive habits, behaviors, and attitudes throughout our community. Hutchinson Health has provided strong support and partnership for Heart of Hutch’s efforts to promote eating smart, moving more, and building social connections.

At the close of 2018, the Heart of Hutch name will dissolve and takes its new form.  As Hutchinson Health increases efforts to improve health and well-being in partnership with its members, patients, and community, many of the programs of Heart of Hutch will continue to be championed by Hutchinson Health in partnership with community volunteers.

Included in Hutchinson Health’s efforts will be community favorites like “One Book, One Community”, “Little Free Libraries”, “Community Events”, and more. Efforts to improve community connections will continue to be led and implemented by community volunteers through the Connect Wholeheartedly Committee, with support from Hutchinson Health.  Move Naturally and Eat Smart efforts will be led by Hutchinson Health and implemented in partnership with individuals and organizations within the community.

For a complete list of community initiatives, events, services, and resources supported or led by Hutchinson Health, visit the Health & Well-Being page at https://hutchhealth.com/health-well-being/.

For questions regarding activities, volunteer opportunities, and organization partnerships, contact Candace Hoversten, Health and Well-Being Manager at choversten@hutchhealth.com.

Farmers Market Tasting – Kombucha

Connie Karstens from the Lamb Shoppe will be a special feature at July’s Tasting.

She will have kombucha drink samples from 8-12pm, a demo on how to make it starting at 10am and will be sharing the benefits of fermented foods.

Fun to say and fun to drink – try a taste of KOMBUCHA (pronounced kômˈbo͞o CHə) at the Farmers Market. 

2014! A Year for Clean Air?

Make 2014 the year…your year to kick the habit!  Become a nonsmoker in 2014!

Hutchinson Health is offering Freedom from Smoking, a 7 week smoking cessation program developed by the American Lung Association.

Freedom from Smoking:

  • Addresses the difficulties of quitting with a sensitive, supportive style.
  • Ranked most effective smoking cessation program in a study of 100 managed care organizations.
  • Generates higher quit rates compared to people who try to quit on their own.

We will meet weekly on Tuesdays from January 14 – February 25 from 6:00 -7:30 pm. There is one additional Session on Thursday February 13 from 6:00-7:30 pm. The fee for the program is $75.00.

 Freedom from Smoking Registration Form

For more information contact Michelle McGraw at: 484-4556 or mmcgraw@hutchhealth.com


Hutchinson National Night Out Tuesday August 6th: Neighborhood Locations

national night outNational Night Out, an event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, will be celebrated at more than a dozen locations in Hutchinson on Tuesday, Aug. 6th.  For more information about national night out planning check out The Tips for Planning a National Night Out Party.

The following list of National Night Out parties was compiled by Heart of Hutch and Hutchinson Police Sgt. Eric Kilian. A few other parties are planned but organizers asked that they not be listed here — invitations have been sent out in those neighborhoods 

Who’s invited: Residents of the immediate neighborhood
Location: Blackbird Drive, just west of fairgrounds
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Contact: Deanna Schwint at 320-587-2781
Bring along: A dish to pass, beverage and lawn chair. A balloon toss contest is planned.

Who’s invited: Residents on Cleveland Avenue Southwest, Keith Street Southwest, Chicago Avenue Southwest and Sunset Street Southwest
Location: 855/865 Cleveland Ave. S.W.
Time: Potluck beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Contact: Bonnie Fimon at 320-587-6962
Bring along: A dish to pass. Organizers will supply plates, napkins, utensils, lemonade, chairs and tables.

Who’s invited: Residents who live in the immediate neighborhood, along Eighth and Ninth streets southwest, Mahogany Court Southwest, Robert Street Southwest and Lakewood Drive Southwest
Location: Eight Street Southwest between Lakewood Drive Southwest and Roberts Street Southwest
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Contact: Tami Neubauer at 320-587-3304
Bring along: Lawn chairs, and children should bring their bicycles and tricycles. Root beer floats will be served.

Who’s invited: Anyone who wishes to attend
Location: The church is at 450 Fifth Ave. S.W.
Time: 5 to 9 p.m.
Contact: Grace Lutheran at 320-587-3051
Bring along: Nothing; all food will be provided. Many games and prizes.

Who’s invited: Immediate neighborhood residents
Location: 700 block of Graham Street Southwest.
Time: 5 p.m. to whenever the last person goes home.
Contact: Brian Duscher at 320-223-1197, or Tina Drey at 763-221-4529.
Bring along: Something you would like to grill and a dish to share and your own beverage. Activities include air hockey, ping pong, and kids riding their bikes as well as yard games. Neighborhood residents who want to help or provide anything additional should call one of the two contact people.

Who’s invited: People in the Island View Heights association
Location: Gazebo area in the park on Prairie View Drive
Time: Starts at 5:30, potluck dinner served at 6 p.m.
Contact: Betty Braun at bj.braun@mchsi.com or 320-587-3423, or Dave Wieweck at 320-587-8166
Bring along: Bring a dish to pass, and a chair. Plates, utensils and beverages will be provided.

Who’s invited: Residents of The Meadows
Location: 832 Greensview Court Northwest
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Contact: Pat Wittman at 320-234-3553
Bring along: A dish to pass and a lawn chair. Paper plates, utensils, and beverages will be provided.

Who’s invited: Neighborhood residents
Location: Northwoods Park shelter
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Contact: Mavis Schwanke at 320-587-2058, or schwanke@hutchtel.net
Bring along: A dish or dessert to pass. Hot dogs, pulled pork and barbecue sandwiches will be furnished. An inflatable bouncer will be on hand, and there will be gifts for kids.

Who’s invited: Residents of Park Towers
Location: Park Towers community room
Time: 3 to 5 p.m.
Contact: Lorri Olson at lolson@hutchtel.net
Bring along: Nothing. John Ternagel will play his accordion from 3:30 to 4 p.m. Hot dogs, beans and chips will be provided.

Who’s invited: Residents of Rolling Oaks Lane
Location: Driveway at 1245 Rolling Oaks
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Contact: Tammy Lauer at 320-583-2567
Bring along: A dish to pass and a lawn chair.

Who’s invited: People who live along Second Avenue Southwest from Lynn Road Southwest to Dale Street Southwest
Location: 605 Second Ave. S.W.
Time: 5 to 8 p.m.
Contact: Steve Rick, 320-587-7456
Bring along: An item to pass and a lawn chair. Hot dogs, lemonade, coffee and utensils will be provided. Games are planned.

Who’s invited: Residents living along Southview Drive, Sunset Street Southwest and the surrounding area
Location: Lions Park West
Time: Begins at 6 p.m.
Contact: Donna Baysinger at 320-587-3564
Bring along: A food item to pass.

Who’s invited: Residents of Echo Manor Apartments and Twin Oaks Townhomes
Location: Twin Oaks Townhomes between B and C buildings
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Contact: Janice Rannow at Twin Oaks Townhomes at 320-587-7505
Bring along: A dish to share for potluck, and a chair. Lots of games for the kids, and a great chance to get to know your neighbors.

Who’s invited: Residents of the immediate neighborhood
Location: VFW Park
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Contact: Hugh Foster at 320-587-5628
Bring along: Nothing. Ice cream cones, orange drink and water will be served, along with entertainment/activities. Plenty of picnic tables for seating.

Valley View Apartments
Who’s invited: Residents of Valley View Apartments
Location: 215 Fourth Ave. N.E.
Time: 4 to 7 p.m.
Contact: Heather Moore at 320-587-7610
Bring along: A lawn chair. Ice cream sundaes, floats and cones will be served by Valley View management. Water activities for kids are planned.

Triple Crow

Triple Crow.  Have you heard of it?

It is a race event series sparking connections in our community through competition between different worksites and groups. It is not just about what business has the fastest runners. It is about worksite wellness efforts and encouraging people to get out and MOVE.  Runners, joggers and walkers are all welcome.  The event series includes six 5k races in Hutchinson.  Team can pick and choose which races to they participate in.  Prizes will also be awarded to the team with the highest participation throughout the competition. Not a runner, but you want to become one? Even better! Prizes will also be given to the top 5 most improved times during the 2013 season. Need more reasons to participate? How about the sense of community and comrade you will feel while working toward a common goal with your coworkers?

Register your team TODAY!  Registration form is below.  And be sure to follow the Triple Crow Running Series on Facebook!

 Triple Crow Registration


Hutchinson Community Running Group

The health benefits of running are numerous.  Running is a great way to increase physical strength, weight loss, heart health, prevent high blood pressure, reduce effects of diabetes, lessen effects of asthma, increase bone density and overall mental health.

 The other benefit of running: the only equipment you need is you!  And if you want company, join the Hutchinson Community Running Group.   Whether you are an avid runner or a recent beginner, you’ll find friendly faces with the same goal in mind – putting one foot in front of the other and focusing on health.

The group has been running together since 2012.  During winter months, they meet Monday evenings from 8-9pm indoors at Maplewood Academy.  The group will move back to outside runs, meeting at Library Square at 7pm starting mid March/early April.  There is no cost to attend.  

GET CONNECTED to  Hutchinson Community Running Group on Facebook for this weeks updates, routes and motivation to get moving!

Kick the Habit Where it Belongs…

This is the year!  Become a nonsmoker in 2013!  Hutchinson Health is offering Freedom from Smoking, a 7 week smoking cessation program.  The program will run on Tuesdays from 3-4:30 beginning February 19th, and ending April 2nd.  Registration is $75.  To learn more, or to register, call Betsy Czmowski at 484-4556.  This is your year.  The time is now!

And the Triple Crow Running Series Winner is….

3M is the big winner of the first annual Triple Crow Running Series.  The final standings of the race series are below.  Thank you to all the businesses who participated and an even bigger thanks for your focus on work site wellness!  Join us Monday, November 19th for the year end conclusion of the Triple Crow!

WHEN: Monday November 19, 2012

5:00 – 6:00 pm

WHERE: 3M Club Building

WHAT: All team participants receive a t-shirt!

Winning team receives the traveling trophy! Pictures!

And, we want to get your ideas & have you join our planning team for next year!

To get to the 3M Club building, enter from 5th Avenue and take the first drive on your right hand side.  Do NOT go past the guard shack, if so you’ve gone too far.  The building on your right will be the place but you must enter from the side entrance, not the employee store entrance.  So, drive through the gates and park.





2012 Spooky Sprint

Heart of Hutch volunteers came out into the cold to help make this year’s Spooky Sprint a monster mash hit!  Thank you for those who came out to volunteer or race.  The Spooky Sprint maxed out registrations this year at 500 and are hoping to expand next year’s race even more!  This was great news for the REACH program, who benefits from all the registration proceeds, but also great for Hutchinson as the annual event gives us a great chance to get out, get active, and have fun.  Be sure to join us next year!

One more race to go for the Triple Crow

With the Spooky Sprint fast approaching as the last race of the Triple Crow Running Series, look below for the current standings.  Connect wholeheartedly and follow The Triple Crow Race Series on Facebook for training tips and more.  Good luck runners – and remember that everyone wins by participating in this wellness challenge!





Heart of Hutch

Heart of Hutch