Hydration stations closer to reality for high schools

The Knox County Health Coalition met Tuesday, November 28 to finalize plans to place hydration stations in two schools within the county.

A hydration station is a place to refill a bottle of water, promoting both a heathier drinking option over juice and soda, and cutting down on waste of plastic bottles. The two schools receiving the hydration stations are Knox Central High School and Barbourville Independent School. To go along with the hydration stations, Kirby Jones with the Kentucky National Guard, donated 1200 reusable water bottles.

Morgan Kirk, Knox County’s Wellcare Community Advocate, discussed the “The Healthy Stops Program.” The Healthy Stops Program, with the support of Wellcare, an insurance company for Kentucky Medicaid, is a transportation program that will run through RTEC. Transportation can be provided for all Knox County residents with no income eligibility requirements. The program is coming soon to Knox County.

Due to the holidays, there will be no December meeting for the Health Coalition. The next meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. on January in the Knox County Health Department, weather permitting.