Current & Upcoming Events, Activities and Announcements:
Celebrate Cuba's newest trail with a moonlight hike. All welcome.
When: Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Time: 7:00 pm, following the Alliance meeting
Where: meet at paved parking area west of elementary school fence on School Road
Bring: water, flashlight, stadium cushion or something to sit on, jacket, sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots, camera.
Distance: approximately 3/4 mile each way
Difficulty: gradual uphill and downhill sections
Sunset: 7:25 pm
Twilight: 7:51 pm
Moonrise: 7:49 pm
The trail ends on a hilltop with amazing views of the Nacimiento Mountains, Valley of Cuba, and Cuba Mesa...a perfect spot to watch the sunset over Cuba and the moonrise over the mountains.
For everything you need to know about the Harvest Moon 2014 go to earthsky.org/space/harvest-moon-2#bigger
Harvest Moon Hike Flyer
Twenty-five enthusiastic sixth, seventh, and eighth graders from Cuba Middle School, Lybrook Middle School, and Coronado Middle School spent a week of their summer vacation at Science Summer Day Camp this past June. The Science Summer Day Camp was held at Cuba Middle School as a result of the partnering efforts of dedicated teachers, community members, and the Science Education Partnership (SEPA) project of the University of New Mexico’s Prevention Research Center.
Full story PDF
How: This program is part of the Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) - a collaboration between participating middle schools, University of New Mexico Prevention Research Center, and the National Institute of Health
Veterans from the Warrior Hike "Walk Off The War" program visit Cuba Members of American Legion Post 23, Step Into Cuba and the Village of Cuba, New Mexico, will welcome six vetersans who are hiking all 3,100 miles of the Continental Divide trail with the Warrior Hike "Walk Off The War" Program. The Warrior Hikers are excited for the opportunity to speak with local veterans and community members over dinner and/or breakfast, take showers, and do some much needed laundry after spending a week hiking along the Continental Divide Trail.
The Walk Off The War program provides participating combat veterans with the equipment and supplies required to complete a six-month thru-hike of the Continental Divide Trail; coordinates trail town support in the forms of transportation, food, and lodging with veteran organizations and community groups located along the trail; and assists veterans with future employment opportunities through the program's numerous partners and sponsors.
The Continental Divide Trail is one of the most significant trail systems in the world. Established by Congress in 1978, it spans 3,100 mmiles between Mexico and Canada, traverses five states and connects countless communities along its spine. Over the past 30 years it has gradually assumed a marked physical shape thanks to the efforts of the Continental Divide Trail Coalition, the U.S. Forest Service, the National Park Service, and the Bureau of Land Management.
About Warrior Hike The Warrior Hike "Walk Off The War" Program is an outdoor therapy program that supports combat veterans transitioning from their military service by thru-hiking America's National Scenic Trails. For more information please visit www.warriorhike.com
Walk Off The War Flyer
Walk Off The War Press Release
2013 Update - Step Into Cuba - New videos released! Based in scenic Cuba, New Mexico, Step Into Cuba is a program to promote physical activity through development of sidewalks, paths, trails, social support, and opportunities for lifestyle change.
2012 - CDC News -- More People Walk
to Better Health. More than 145 million adults now include walking as part of a physically active lifestyle. More than 6 in 10 people walk for transportation or for fun, relaxation, or exercise, or for activities such as walking the dog. The percentage of people who report walking at least once for 10 minutes or more in the previous week rose from 56% (2005) to 62% (2010). Read more.
Nov. 17, 2012 at 10:30 am
Step into Cuba Community Walk!
All ages and abilities are encouraged to participate.
Please park in the unfenced parking areas at the middle school. Stroller are not advised. No dogs, please.
Wear comfortable shoes and socks. Dress in layers, bring a hat and sunscreen. Bring water and snacks.
Have fun with your family and friends.
2012 Step Into Cuba Walking and Hiking Guide for places near Cuba, New Mexico. (PDF 15 MG)
2012 Cuba Schools Trail Map (PDF 180 KB)
2012 Walking Safely - A Guide for Kids, Parents and the Cuba Schools. (PDF 3.1 MG)
Nov. 2012 - Nikolis Gualco accepted the position of Outreach Coordinator with the Rio Puerco Alliance, whose volunteers were responsible for the critical river cleanup in and around Cuba this past year. Nikolis was previously a OSM/VISTA Rio Puerco Alliance Vounteer.
Nov. 2012 - National recommendations call for regular physical activity (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, 2008). The Guide to Community Preventive Services (Community Preventive Services Task Force) recommends successful community strategies to increase physical activity. Cuba, New Mexico, has applied many of these strategies. The Step Into Cuba program, a nationally recognized model, is under study by the University of New Mexico Prevention Research Center (PRC). These five PDF fact sheets (below) share initial findings for New Mexico community use.
• Social Support (PDF)
• Individually Adapted (PDF)
• Street Scale Design (PDF)
• Community Campaign (PDF)
• Access to Places (PDF)
March 15, 2012 For Immediate Release:
Champion of Change, Richard Kozoll, MD, MPH
to be Honored at White House -- The Prevention Research Center (PRC) at the University of New Mexico is pleased to announce that one of their community partners Richard Kozoll, MD, MPH has been selected as a ‘Let's Move! and Physical Activity Champion of Change’, as part of President Obama's "Winning the Future" initiative (www.whitehouse.gov/champions).
Please read more.
March 15, 2012 -- NM Medical Society -- Long Time Member Dr. Kozoll Awarded White House Honor
Join us! Spring Social and Fundraiser Event
Saturday April 28, 2012 -- 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Village of Cuba Eichwald Center (see PDF flyer)
We need Spring watering volunteers for our beautiful St Francis Park! -- Being a Watering Volunteer is a great way to give back to your community, while, at the same time, doing something good for yourself. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
for more details.
2011 CONGRESSMAN BEN RAY LUJAN VISITS CUBA -- On August 22nd, Congressman Ben Ray Lujan visited Cuba. He toured the Nacimiento Community Foundation and Public Health offices, the Cuba Food Pantry, and then walked to the Cuba Community Garden. Read More.
2011 Update on the UNM Prevention Research Center’s Healthy Kids, Healthy Cuba Project -- As reported previously in The Connection, the PRC’s Healthy Kids, Healthy Cuba project, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, focuses on changing policies and community environments to sup- port active living and healthy eating among children and their families in Cuba and the surrounding communities. Read More.
2011 MAKING FAIR FOODS HEALTHIER -- Another Healthy Kids, Healthy Cuba project launched this summer at the Sandoval County Fair, in collabora- tion with the Sandoval County Fair Board, provided support to participating food vendors to buy, prepare, and sell healthier foods. Read More.
2011 SAFE AND ACTIVE LIVING -- Through a collaborative effort of the Village of Cuba, the Step Into Cuba Alliance, the PRC, and the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) work began in September on a new sidewalk construction project in Cuba to make the Village more walkable and safe along U.S. 550. Read More.
2011 UNM PRC CONDUCTS VIVA SURVEYS
The University of New Mexico Prevention Research Center (PRC) conducted surveys throughout the community of Cuba, NM in late August and early September for the Center’s Core Research Project, VIVA (Village Interventions and Venues for Activity). Data were collected to examine the implementation of evidence-based strategies to increase physical activity
at the community level. Read More.
February 2011 -- Please watch Senator Tom Udall's video on Physical Activity & Preventive Care in NM. Step Into Cuba is featured in this segment.
UNM TODAY -- June 2010 Chance Munns, a graduate student in the UNM landscape architecture master’s program, got involved with Step into Cuba, a park project in Cuba, N.M. Read full story here.
The 2010 Step Into Cuba Walkability Report
(22 MG PDF)
Health Impact Assessment (HIA) Flyer regarding changes to U.S. 550 also in the 2010 May issue of the Cuba News (view PDF)