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Archives for April 2013

Growing as a Community


Want to start a garden but don’t know how?  Heart of Hutch will be offering: Organic Gardening 101. This free class will be offered at the McLeod County Fair Grounds educational building on April 18th from 7-8:30 PM.

Great ways to get moving in Hutch

Great ways to get moving and have some fun too! 

Triple Crow is not the only way to stay active this year.  Triple Crow is not the only way to stay active this year.  There are many other excellent opportunities coming up to keep you moving as well!

Here are some weekly activities you can participate in:

  • “Women’s only” bicycle rides every Tuesday night. (Beginning in May)
  • Hutchinson’s Community Running Group is running outside on Wednesdays.
  • Hutchinson Area Mountain Bike Association (HAMBA) will be having weekly rides every Thursday night. (Beginning in May)

There are also many one-day event activities:

  • Sunday May 5th is a 1 or 4.5 mile MS Walk along the Crow River.
  • Head over to Silver Lake on May 12th for a 5 K run!  Mileka’s Run. 

To find out more information, visit our calendar of events!  Do you have a health-related event you want to share?  Email: and we will add it to our calendar!



Commuting 101

Commuting by bike or foot- whether to the grocery store, a park, or work is a great way to increase your activity and decrease your carbon foot print.  Here are a few simple tips from an avid commuter.

Following these simple tips makes commuting fun and easy.
1)  Plan your route ahead of time.  Know how long it will take you to reach your destination.  That way you will not feel rushed the first time you commute to work via foot or bike.
2)  If on foot, wear a back pack. If on bike, use a pannier bag that attaches to the rack on your bike or wear a messenger bag.
3)  Dress appropriate for the weather.
4)  Safety first.  If biking, wear a helmet.  Always wear reflective clothing when it is dawn, dusk, or night.
5)  Wear comfortable shoes- you can always bring a different pair with you, and change at work, or leave a pair there.
6)   If you bike, make sure you know where you can leave your bike.  Bring a lock and use it!
7)  Have kids you take to or pick up from daycare?  Have them bike or walk with you.  Too young?  Use a trailer or stroller.
8)  Afraid of getting too sweaty?  Remember, commuting to work does not mean that you bike or walk as fast as possible.  Ride or walk at a pace that you do not build up a sweat.
9)  Live out of town?  Drive to Hutchinson with your bike in or on your car, and intentionally park a few miles from work.  Then bike or walk from where you left your car to your worksite.
10)  Encourage your worksite to participate in Heart of Hutch’s June worksite wellness challenge:  Commuting to and from work.  Want to know more about the challenge?  Email

Zucchini and Kale Pasta

A quick recipe full of flavor!

Triple Crow

Triple Crow.  Have you heard of it?

It is a race event series sparking connections in our community through competition between different worksites and groups. It is not just about what business has the fastest runners. It is about worksite wellness efforts and encouraging people to get out and MOVE.  Runners, joggers and walkers are all welcome.  The event series includes six 5k races in Hutchinson.  Team can pick and choose which races to they participate in.  Prizes will also be awarded to the team with the highest participation throughout the competition. Not a runner, but you want to become one? Even better! Prizes will also be given to the top 5 most improved times during the 2013 season. Need more reasons to participate? How about the sense of community and comrade you will feel while working toward a common goal with your coworkers?

Register your team TODAY!  Registration form is below.  And be sure to follow the Triple Crow Running Series on Facebook!

 Triple Crow Registration