Fort Pierre receives inaugural 2018 Healthy Hometown Community Award

Healthy HometownSM Powered by Wellmark awards the community for their health improvement work


FORT PIERRE, SD (Oct. 18, 2018) — Fort Pierre was presented with a 2018 Healthy Hometown Community Award during Chronic Disease Partners/Better Choices, Better Health® Meeting held on Oct. 17, 2018. The award recognizes Fort Pierre for its accomplishments in health improvement initiatives within the community. 

“We are pleased to present Fort Pierre with an inaugural Healthy Hometown Community Award,” said Laura Jackson, Wellmark executive vice president. “The city has earned the title of 2018 Healthy Fort Pierre and will also receive $5,000 to continue the important work of improving the physical, social and emotional well-being of the community.”

Some noteworthy achievements in Fort Pierre include:

            Started a community garden with 24 raised beds, providing fresh produce via a delivery service to more than 150 senior nutrition program recipients and at least 80 other individuals

            Enhanced a weekly farmers’ market by creating a sidewalk festival atmosphere through childrens’ activities, live music, meals and beverages, and a variety of vendors

            Rehabilitated a trail, installed a bike repair station, and resurfaced 5,300 feet of recreational trail impacting 150–200 people daily

Fort Pierre Mayor Gloria Hanson commented, “The people in Fort Pierre continue to amaze me with what we accomplish.  We set our sights high and work hard to keep improving the quality of life in our little city on the river.” 

“The Healthy Hometown community award celebrates the successes achieved by Fort Pierre,” said Jackson. “The work Fort Pierre has done is remarkable, their commitment to the health and well-being of their residents is inspiring.”

To learn more about the work Fort Pierre is doing to support the well-being initiatives for a healthier, more active community, visit