Run for the health of it, benefit CHCFD

Theme is ‘Key to Healthier Communities’

-Messenger photo by Joe Sutter Community Health Center COO Colleen Koester, left, talks with nurse practitioner Lisa Chase in one of the new administrative “pods”, which let staff all work together in the same room. Chase said the patients appreciate the new building.

The Community Health Center of Fort Dodge brings a walk/run to the community on Saturday to help celebrate National Health Center Week.

“This year the theme is ‘Key to Healthier Communities,’ and we thought holding a family 5K walk/run would be a perfect way to celebrate, along with bringing more awareness to the Health Center,” said Lydia Schuur, outreach coordinator at Community Health Center.

For the 5K, the CHCFD will be utilizing the Fort Dodge trail system. Participants will begin at Rosedale Rapids Aquatic Center and head north, than west onto 25th Avenue North before looping back to end at the aquatic center.

“This is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the beautiful Iowa sun and to take advantage of this opportunity to get moving with your family,” Schuur said.

This is a 5K fundraiser for the Community Health Center and the money raised during the event will help CHCFD towards their fundraising goal of $2,500 to purchase new equipment at the clinic.

-Messenger photo by Joe Sutter After a yearlong, $1.6 million renovation and redesign, the Community Health Center has a new entrance, new reception area, and a new look inside and out.

Target and Hy-Vee have each donated a gift certificate to the Health Center to purchase healthy food and Walgreens will be donating bottled water for those participating in the 5K.

“Anyone can participate in the run/walk,” Schuur said, “This is a pressure free walk/run, it is not a race by any means.”

The Community Health Center will be holding the walk/run on Saturday with registration beginning at 8 a.m. in the Rosedale Rapids parking lot, 1111 N. 32nd St. The 5K will follow starting at 9 a.m. Registration is $20 and includes an event t-shirt. Guest can also pre-register at

There will be parking available at Rosedale Rapids Aquatic Center.

“This is a great way for us to end National Health Center Week,” Schuur said.

The Community Health Center is a nonprofit organization that provides comprehensive primary health care to medically undeserved populations regardless of ability to pay.