Blog Posts By: David Toland

Dear Bike, I like you. Let’s go see a movie! Love, Allen County Pedalfest

Thrive Allen County is hosting a bike-themed Portland Alley PedalFest Sept. 9 – 11. The three-day family-friendly event will feature camping, bike-in movies, trail bike rides, BBQ, beer garden, live music and much more.

September 1, 2016

Establishing a culture of health in a small community takes many ingredients.  One of the most important is making active living normal—a regular part of daily routines for people in overalls or blue jeans as much as for people in spandex. When people see an adult male on a bicycle, we want the assumption to […]

Iola turns floodplain into oasis


April 16, 2015

In the summer of 2007 a 100-year flood hit rural Iola, Kansas (pop. 6000). Roughly 120 homes—primarily owned by low-to-moderate income Iolans—were destroyed. This punch to the gut was made worse when locals discovered that a buyout of properties in the floodplain by FEMA meant that no structures could ever again be built in what […]

Southeast Kansas Uses County Health Rankings to ‘Thrive’

April 12, 2012

Today our guest blogger, David Toland, discusses how the recent county health rankings released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation affects Southeast Kansas. You can find out how your county ranks by visiting the Kansas Health Institute. David is the Executive Director for Thrive Allen County, a nonprofit in Southeast Kanasas that provides a new […]


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