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Organization Looks To Get Rock Island Moving

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Activate Rock Island hopes to bring healthy foods to the city's west side. Activate Rock Island hopes to bring healthy foods to the city's west side.

A local organization says some Quad Citians simply aren't healthy enough. "Activate Rock Island" is stepping up its efforts to provide low-income residents on the city's west side with healthy food. 

Activate Rock Island says the first step is to raise awareness about what it's trying to do-trying to make the city healthier. That's why the group has been putting up billboards around town.

They have different pictures and messages but the bottom line they're out to promote is that "You, too, can be healthy."

That's why the group is also pushing to expand Rock Island's community garden program right now. On Tuesday morning, the city's Community Garden Consortium met to discuss just that. 
     
Activate Rock Island says the goal is to start selling food from the garden within the next three weeks to people living on the city's west side. It's a lower income area, with a lot of refugees, and a lot of people there don't have access to healthy produce.
     
That's why the program is so important.

"You know, you teach a person how to fish, they can fish for many days. As opposed to giving them a fish," Reverend Walls said. "So, we decided we'd start teaching how to fish. And that's how Franklin Field came about."

Activate Rock Island also says it's excited for a new opportunity to get residents exercising more.
     
The Illinois Department of Transportation announced it's looking for input on a state bike transportation plan to figure out the best improvements that can be made. Activate Rock Island says it hopes that will lead to more bike paths in this area. 

The state will hold a meeting to get some feedback on what can be done to improve the area for bicyclists on July 23rd at the Moline Public Library.

 

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