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  • The Thurston Thrives Coordinating Council will met on Monday July 20, 2015, 3:00PM to 4:45PM at Thurston County Courthouse, Bldg 1. Room 280. 

  • Saturday, June 6th, 2015:

    National Trails Day celebrates these active transportation facilities, key features of a healthy community.  Help with trail maintenance projects in Priest Point Park (10:00AM to 1:00PM) - for more information, see City of Olympia; help at Tumwater Hill Park - see City of Tumwater for detailed information; or help at Woodland Creek Community Park (9:00AM to 11:00AM) - visit City of Lacey.  Or, just get outside and take a hike with others in our community.

    Woodland Trail Greenway Association helps open Monarch Sculpture Park for the season that same day (11am-4pm) along the Chehalis Western Trail:  RSVP (Respect, Support, Value and Preserve) ART and Conservation Gallery Event
    8431 Waldrick Road SE, Tenino WA (approx. 2.75 miles south of Waldrick Rd. x-ing near Stedman Rd.)  Come and enjoy a bike ride to the park.  Decorate your bicycle, ride to the park and register to win an art piece. Gallery exhibit includes artwork from local and international artists in sculpture, painting, multimedia, and more.

  • The Thurston Thrives Coordinating Council will meet on Monday June 8, 2015, 4:00PM to 6:00PM at Thurston County Courthouse, Bldg 1. Room 280.  For meeting details, click here...

  • Our community’s initiative to improve the health of all residents will be guided by a coordinating council as more and more people continue to act on the strategies developed in 2013-2014.  The Thurston Thrives Coordinating Council (TTCC) will have its first meeting, convened by the Thurston County Chamber Foundation as fiscal agent, on April 23, 2015.  The initial ten (10) members of the Council,

    Three (3) members from Business (Doug DeForest, Thurston Transit Oriented Development; David Schaffert, Thurston County Chamber of Commerce; and Cheryl Selby, Vivala);
    Two (2) members from Education (Tammie Jensen-Tabor, Tumwater School District; Vicky Lamoreaux, North Thurston Public Schools);
    Three (3) members from Government (Dennis McVey, City of Rainier; Jeannine Roe, City of Olympia; and Sandra Romero, Thurston County Commissioner);
    Three (3) members from Philanthropy (Liz Davis, NW Venture Philanthropy; Paul Knox, United Way of Thurston County; Norma Schuiteman, The Community Foundation of South Puget Sound);
    One (1) member from the Thurston Asset Building Coalition (Schelli Slaughter, Family Support Center of South Sound);
    will be joined by the nominees from the Action Teams, an education sector representatives and a member from the new Law & Justice action area, who are anticipated to be confirmed at that first meeting:
    Bud Blake, Thurston County Commissioner, from Housing;
    Christina Daniels, Puget Sound Capital, from Economy;
    Kevin Haughton, MD, Physicians of SW Washington, from Clinical Care;
    Karen Messmer, Olympia Safe Streets, from Community Design;
    Art Starry, Thurston County Public Heath and Social Services, from Environment;
    Meghan Sullivan, TOGETHER! from Child & Youth Resilience, Community Resilience & Education;
    Jon Tunheim, Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney, from Public Safety & Justice.
    Katie Rains, GruB, from Food;
    Two (2) at-large community representatives are expected to be selected by the TTCC thereafter. 

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What is Thurston Thrives?

The Thurston County Board of Health is joining with community leaders from business, education, city government, neighborhoods, local charities, social and medical care groups to honor what we do for our families' health, to celebrate our collective efforts, and find ways to do even better together. They call it Thurston Thrives!

Thurston Thrives is a project aimed at bringing together community partners of Thurston County around the work we share. One of the main focuses of the project is to ensure that our county is thriving through the collaboration on the public health and social services that we bring to our community, to honor those who make Thurston County a healthy and safe place to live, and to align efforts to make an even bigger difference in the health of our community. The purpose is to engage our leaders across the board to move forward an action agenda we can all believe in to improve health for all Thurston County residents.


When it comes to health, our community is recognizing the many ways we can promote it in our daily lives. We can build health into how we live, learn, work and play.

How can you participate?

Improving health is not a mystery, really. It takes effort not just from doctors, and not just from government. It takes action by all parts of the community. Some of this we commonly associate with health: Medical care, social services and the environment. But it is also things we do not always think about as health: Education, jobs and housing.

We will be reaching out across our community to achieve these connections and to align efforts behind common goals. We want to build on what is already going on. What is new in Thurston Thrives is keeping better in touch with each other's progress, and supporting each other's work.

Everyone has a part to play in the health of our community - we hope you will join us to engage this strategic approach. Because a healthy community is something we all believe in.

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