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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Local Business and Local Teacher Partner to Improve Health

From the Cowlitz County Health Department The Cowlitz County Health Department has partnered with the St. Helen’s Shopping Center and Patrick Carrico, an art teacher at Wahkiakum High School, to revitalize the local store’s appearance. A mural designed by Mr. Carrico will be painted on the side of the building facing 30th Avenue in Longview, WA on Saturday, August 17th, 2013.

The mural will depict the history of food in Cowlitz County beginning with Native American food gathering and advancing to modern times. The purpose of this project is to highlight the store’s dedication to providing healthy options for shoppers and improving the overall health of the community. St. Helen’s Shopping Center was specifically chosen for this project due to its commitment to being a Healthy Neighborhood Store.

The creation and maintenance of healthy neighborhood stores is a national initiative geared towards encouraging local shopping centers to provide fresh produce and other healthy food items for community members. “This project is about relationships and making small, simple changes to improve healthy options,” said Jenn Schapman, Health Educator with Cowlitz Health Department. In addition to Mr. Carrico and St. Helen’s Shopping Center, a number of local coalitions have been instrumental in making the mural a reality. The Highlands Neighborhood Association, Cowlitz Tribe, and City of Longview have been especially supportive of efforts to improve community wellness.

Cowlitz County Contact: PIO (360) 414-5599 x6450 community members are encouraged to help paint the mural! Everyone is welcome to grab a brush and help revitalize the local store; supplies will be provided. 

Please Join Us! DATE: Saturday, August 17th, 2013 TIMES: 10am-3pm LOCATION: St. Helen’s Shopping Center 236 30th Ave, Longview, WA 98632 For more information about the mural or to learn about how to become a Healthy Neighborhood Store in Cowlitz County, please contact Jennifer Schapman at 360.414.5599, ext. 6433 or # # #

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