By Tim Kowols
The city of Algoma received a $25,000 grant and a Culture of Health Prize from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation during a ceremony on Tuesday. The city is one of just eight communities to win the prize, which highlights efforts to promote living healthier lives among its residents. The foundation singled out the high school’s garden and fab lab nights, the Live Algoma Initiative, and the community wellness center as some of the innovative ideas leading up to the recognition. Many RWJF Culture of Health Prize communities have been at it for several years if not decades, which makes the award all the more impressive to Algoma Superintendent Nick Cochart, who says their efforts have been nationally recognized after just over two years.
Algoma will spend much of October celebrating the honor as it will join the other 2017 Culture of Health Prize recipients in a New Jersey ceremony October 11 and 12 and host a city-wide celebration at Community Wellness Center October 28. Cochart says no definitive plans have been made for the $25,000 grant.