The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on Wednesday formally celebrated the eight communities that were chosen to receive its 2017 Culture of Health Prize, including Algoma, Wisconsin.

Through the Live Algoma initiative, residents young and old, businesses, and health providers have united to promote the physical, emotional, and financial well-being of our community.

The Culture of Health Prize is awarded to communities “that have placed a priority on health and are creating powerful partnerships and deep commitments to provide everyone, especially those facing the greatest challenges, with the opportunity to live the healthiest life possible,” according to

The celebration was live-cast online, and the event recording is expected to be posted on the RWJF website at this link.

Part of the event was this video portraying Algoma as “a community of caring hearts and big ideas.”

A local celebration of the prize, which carries a $25,000 cash award and opportunities to network with the other prize-winning communities, is scheduled for 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Community Wellness Center at Algoma High School, 1715 Division St., one of the community features that impressed the Foundation prize committee.