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A Community on the Move: The Story of Active Ottumwa

A Community on the Move: The Story of Active Ottumwa

By Becky Bucklin
A 10-part podcast series telling the story of Active Ottumwa, a community-based physical activity intervention for adults in the micropolitan community of Ottumwa, Iowa. The program was a partnership from 2014-2019 between the University of Iowa Prevention Research Center for Rural Health and the community residents and leaders of Ottumwa. This podcast series will cover an overview of the project and share many of the program’s inspiring stories, successes, and barriers.
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Episode 10: Moving Forward with Active Ottumwa under Hy-Vee's Leadership
This is the final episode of this series. To keep the project going after the research grant came to an end, Hy-Vees of Ottumwa and their dietician Becky Graeve took over the day to day Active Ottumwa operations. Listen to how this transition came about and how the program continues to maintain and grow under this new leadership. Guests: Becky Graeve, Sandy Berto, Becky Bucklin A transcript for this episode can be found Here.
39:50
May 13, 2021
Episode 9: Evaluating the Ingredients of the Active Ottumwa Recipe
Learn more about what evaluation is. Why is it necessary? How is it done? And how do researchers and community members make sense of all the data and information collected in a community engaged research study? Here are the answers to how the the Active Ottumwa team saw if the program was successful and used information collect to improve the project with input from the community. Guests: Natoshia Askelson, Heidi Haines, Becky Graeve, Sandy Berto, Becky Bucklin A transcript for this episode can be found Here. 
41:02
May 06, 2021
Episode 8: The Participants of Active Ottumwa: The Heartbeat of Active Ottumwa's Success
Listen to what the participants of Active Ottumwa programming have to say about class offerings from Tai Chi, walking groups, dance fitness, and more! Dedicated program attendees talk about how they heard about the program what activities they attended, and what kept them coming back! Guests: Jean Dell, Kathy Engel, Peggy Wixom, Sylvia Hunolt, Sandy Berto A transcript for this episode can be found Here.
31:14
April 29, 2021
Episode 7: Making Active Ottumwa, Ottumwa's Community Program
“The more I reached out to the community, the more the community reached out to me.” Learn how the adaptability of Active Ottumwa and the engagement from the community from the beginning helped the program fit into Ottumwa. Guests: Barbara Baquero, Becky Graeve, Lou LaRose, Becky Bucklin, Sandy Berto A transcript for this episode can be found Here.
38:25
April 22, 2021
Episode 6: The Spaces and Places for Activity
Ottumwa has many places to be active at, including a wonderful park and trail system, but there are also many resources at local businesses that you may not expect that were available to hold indoor activities during an Iowa winter. Learn how our program got creative to find and use these spaces to promote physical activity. Guests: Garrett Ross, Sandy Berto, and Becky Bucklin. A transcript for this episode can be found Here.
54:57
April 15, 2021
Episode 5: Getting the Word Out about Active Ottumwa
Many hands make light work.. Listen to learn about the various resources and community organizations that assisted with sharing information about Active Ottumwa. It could not have been done without community involvement! Guests: Connie Hammersly-Wilson, Barbara Baquero, Sandy Berto, and Becky Bucklin. A transcript for this episode can be found Here.
57:29
April 08, 2021
Episode 4: Growing and Building Physical Activity Leader Programming
Personal and heartfelt stories are shared here about how participating in Active Ottumwa not only encouraged the PALs to be more active, but also fostered lifelong community and personal friendships that have enriched their lives by volunteering time with Active Ottumwa. Guests: Betty Panlaqui, Remi Panlaqui, Blaire Siems, Mary Hart, Joe Slaymaker, Sandy Berto, and Becky Bucklin. A transcript for this episode can be found Here.
44:29
April 01, 2021
Episode 3: Physical Activity Leaders: The Foundation of Active Ottumwa
Hear directly from a few of the Active Ottumwa PALs about why they became a PAL, what they liked about the program, and how the program lived up to what they thought the program was all about. Guests: Twila Foster, Becky Bucklin, Sandy Berto A transcript for this episode can be found Here.
27:26
March 25, 2021
Episode 2: Finding the Cheerleaders: The Vital Role of the Active Ottumwa Community Advisory Board
The Active Ottumwa Community Advisory Board (CAB) was vital to the success of Active Ottumwa. Hear from CAB members who share the tasks and roles of the advisory board along with the challenges and successes of involving this community-based program. Guests: Himar Hernandez, Garrett Ross, Kim Hellige, Becky Bucklin, Sandy Berto A transcript for this episode can be found Here.
53:29
March 18, 2021
Episode 1: An Introduction into the Active Ottumwa Project: Laying the Groundwork
Listen to the research team share how the program came to be and the timeline of events that started the program off on the “right” step, including getting support from the many local organizations that participated in Active Ottumwa. Guests: Rima Afifi, Barbara Baquero, Becky Bucklin, Sandy Berto View Transcript Here
51:13
March 11, 2021
Trailer of "A Community on the Move: The Story of Active Ottumwa"
Here is a brief introductory trailer for the 10-part series "A Community on the Move: The Story of Active Ottumwa." Hear from Dr. Edith Parker, DrPH the Dean of the University of Iowa College of Public Health and the former director of the University of Iowa Prevention Research Center for Rural Health as she describes the Active Ottumwa program and the podcast series.  A transcript of this trailer can be found Here.
01:48
February 23, 2021