DeRuyter Monday Mile Team Wins the “Power of Rural Award” for Dedication to Improving Community Health

In celebration of National Rural Health Day, the Madison County Rural Health Council recognizes Madison County residents who have shown a deep passion and commitment to bettering the health and wellness of their community. This year, the Rural Health Council awarded the DeRuyter Monday Mile Team for creating their own  Monday Mile Day and organizing several Monday Mile walks to encourage physical activity and wellness among their community.

The Monday Mile initiative launched in Madison County in 2016 with the creation of the Live Well Committee, comprised of the SU Lerner Center staff, Rural Health Council staff, and various stakeholders in Madison County. Since then, 11 Monday Mile routes have been established, with two currently in the works. The success of the Monday Mile in Madison County has been largely attributed to the enthusiasm and leadership of community residents, like the DeRuyter Monday Mile Team.

For more information on Madison County Monday Miles, check this Lerner Center Issue Brief on the Monday Mile.