“A Year of Health in Starke County” Proclamation Signed by North Judson Town Board

Joan Haugh, Donna Henry, Jane Eleen Felchuk, Standing: Justin Davis, Josh Brown, Nancy Dembowski, Ted Hayes, Wendy Hoppe, Tim Cummins.

The North Judson Town Board recently signed a proclamation declaring 2013 “A Year of Health in Starke County.”

Nancy Dembowski, Joan Haugh and Ted Hayes, who are part of the Moving Starke County Forward organization, brought the proclamation to the attention of the board members and emphasized the need for Starke County to improve the health of its citizens.

The committee members informed the board that the organization was formed after learning that Starke County ranked 91st out of 92 counties in issues affecting health. Health issues permeate throughout quality of life issues such as economic development, education, levels of drug use and many other socio-economic factors.

The Town Board voted unanimously to declare the proclamation and offer support for the group. The board was invited to a forum on Thursday, Feb. 21 at the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center in Knox from 4:30-6 p.m. CT. The committee is looking for input on goals and suggestions to help Starke County be a healthier county.