by Maureen Schmittle, Otero County Health Promotion Specialist

Approximately 48 people participated in the third annual Tulie Turkey Time on Thursday November 15th in Tularosa, Otero County. Janette Mata with Children’s Medical Services (Otero) and Maureen Schmittle with the Southwest Region Health Promotion Team organized this outdoor play day, then led the ½-mile walk through the historic residential area of the village. We began at Vigil Park, adjacent to the Tularosa Public Health Office. WIC and Families First programs were also represented by hosting an information / giveaways table in the park. Tularosa area Head Start families and After School Youth Program students participated. Children, and several additional family members met at the park, playing on the playground and with provided games (bean bag toss, hula hoops, parachute). Attendees received handouts/ information from the DOH table about: public health services, MyPlate materials, Crisis Access Line, suicide prevention, CMS bags, and Eat Well Otero giveaways. Healthy snacks were provided by Presbyterian Medical Services. After play time, the group took a leisurely stroll around the neighborhood accompanied by a Tularosa Police Department patrol car monitoring safety at intersections. Community partners included: HELP – Head Start, Village of Tularosa, Otero Cooperative Extension Services, Eat Well Otero, and Tulie Trails – a VIVA Connects Community.