Active Living Project: Initial Project Summary
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Active Living Project: Initial Project Summary

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Let's Move Blair County! "Active Living Project" Progress

Initial Project Summary

  • Healthy Blair County Coalition's (HBCC), an active collaboration of individuals and organizations working to promote the social, economic, emotional, and physical well-being of area residents, has asked the Information Technology students at our Altoona campus to develop new digital and print materials to promote Let’s Move Blair County! initiative. Let’s Move Blair County! is a spin-off of the nationwide program Let’s Move! whose focus is on helping the community make healthier choices about food, nutrition, and physical activity.
  • Serving on the committee are project organizers from Let’s Move Blair County! including: Tina Enderlein from the Blair County Planning Commission; Jennifer Soisson from Brush Mountain Running and Outdoors, and John Myers from Shoe Fly Altoona.
  • Blair County is currently ranked 47th of Pennsylvania's 67 counties based on health assessment indicators. This is an improvement from a few years ago, but the mission of HBCC is to continue to improve the overall health of the county's citizens by sharing resources, engaging local partnerships, and implementing strategies and programs.
  • Materials requested are a "Blair County Active Living" brochure (print piece) and an online tool such as a website that displays resources for active living in Blair County. The Committee desires materials that help people learn about and locate resources currently available for leading an active lifestyle in Blair County such as parks, trails, biking, racing series, gyms, and outdoor sports.
  • The HBCC website states that there are seven ways to get involved. Project Team Leader/Information Technology Instructor, Guido Santella, will be asking students on his team to "Eat Healthy and Be Active" throughout the duration of this project. He and his team will try to enlist the entire student body to get involved, as well.
  • The project kickoff meeting was held in January, and the students have begun planning the project (shown in photos below).

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Kari Lynn Schlegel

March 4, 1992—December 15, 2016

Kari Schlegel was born in March 1992 and graduated from South Hills in September 2012.

The Kari Lynn Schlegel Memorial Gallery is named in memory of Kari Schlegel, a lifelong Bellefonte resident and 2012 graduate of the Graphic Arts program at South Hills.

Kari was often the exclamation point in any story about the Class of 2012. Her effervescent good mood, enthusiasm, and seemingly endless supply of optimism and positive spirit was infusive, lighting up the classroom.

Kari (right) is shown with her beloved sister, Mindy.

Her classmates still laugh at the memory of Kari wearing her bunny slippers on the Graphic Arts field trip to New York City. Groan-worthy puns and jokes? Kari had a volume of them. She delighted in sharing stories and photos of her four beloved cats as well as trivia and tales of Harry Potter and Disney World. She was a rare combination of innocence, maturity, trust, and hope. She was filled with a joy of life and an unconditional love for her friends, her family, her pets… and people she just met. That was Kari Schlegel.

Kari dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow for the South Hills “BooFest” Halloween party in 2012.

She loved her school, even coming back to audit several GA classes after graduating. Kari also particularly enjoyed returning to South Hills every summer to perform as part of the Music Picnic Series with the Bellefonte Community Band.

Kari died December 15, 2016, in a tragic automobile accident. It’s a loss everyone who knew her still feels. In the end, Kari truly lived her life with passion and joy, treating others as she wanted to be treated: with love, compassion, and respect.