Category Archives: Live Well Community

Four New Live Well Allegheny Partners Announced

January 29, 2019

PITTSBURGH – The Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) today announced the addition of the Municipality of Penn Hills, Avonworth School District, Grounded Strategies and the Azorean Café as the four newest partners in the Live Well Allegheny campaign.

“When this campaign was announced five years ago, we hoped to see it catch on and to have more and more organizations, agencies and workplaces embrace its goals,” said County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. “Today’s numbers include 62 municipalities, 48 restaurants, 28 workplaces and 16 school districts. We are grateful for all of our partners and look forward to continuing to grow the campaign on our way to making Allegheny County the healthiest county in the country.”

Live Well Allegheny was launched in January 2014 by County Executive Rich Fitzgerald as a comprehensive and innovative strategy on wellness that embraces a broad concept of living well to include physical health, mental wellness, personal and community safety, prevention and preparedness, and much more. The effort is being led by the Allegheny County Board of Health and Dr. Hacker.

“We are very pleased to announce that four additional partners have committed to making health a priority in Allegheny County,” said ACHD Director, Dr. Karen Hacker. “Almost half of our municipalities have joined the cause, but there is room for all. We encourage your community to join the Live Well effort if they haven’t already done so.”

Following is more information about the latest group of Live Well Allegheny partners:

Live Well Allegheny Community

The Municipality of Penn Hills will develop indoor and outdoor wellness trails accessible to residents of all abilities, encourage walking and bike riding in the community, and implement events that encourage active living. Penn Hills will also promote smoke-free buildings, encourage physical recreation programs in the community, and utilize web sites and social media to provide information on physical activity, nutrition, stress management, tobacco cessation, and other health and wellness related initiatives.

“I congratulate Penn Hills on their designation as the newest Live Well Allegheny community, and I appreciate their leadership in taking action to improve the health and wellness of residents,” said Council Vice President Nick Futules, who is the County Council Member representing District 7 in which Penn Hills is located.

Live Well Allegheny School District

The Avonworth School District will by offer unlimited fruit or vegetables at all meals, and will support local farmers as a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) a pick-up site. The school district will also encourage physical activity among students by hosting a 5k run in the spring and offer exercise opportunities after school. Additionally, Avonworth will offer health and physical education classes and social skills education through counseling programs.

“We are thrilled that the Avonworth School District will officially become a part of this important healthy movement, and we applaud the efforts of Superintendent Ralston and the entire team at Avonworth for these proactive and important efforts,” said Tom Baker, District 1 County Council Member which includes the Avonworth School District.

Live Well Allegheny Workplace

Grounded Strategies will promote physical activity among employees by providing access to an area for exercise classes and physical activity on-site and will offer employees flexible work hours in exchange for physical or wellness activity before, during, and after work. The workplace will remind employees of importance of regular check-ups and health screenings and will also provide easy-to-access information about local programs and opportunities for physical fitness, community health related events, and farmers markets. In addition, organizational leaders will institute a healthy food policy, alongside a policy that supports breast feeding employees.

Live Well Allegheny Restaurant

The Azorean Cafe will provide vegetarian fare and half portions on select menu items, healthy side dishes and beverage options, and low-calorie salad dressings. The restaurant will also eliminate trans-fat oils and use plant-based oils in their cooking. The café is also smoke-free and provides a location to store bicycles.

Participants in the Live Well Allegheny campaign work with the Health Department’s staff. While monetary resources are not part of the initiative, participants can receive materials, information and collateral items to promote the campaign and their individual efforts to live well.

Five Additional Live Well Allegheny Partners Announced!

November 28, 2018

PITTSBURGH – The Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) announced another five partners have joined the Live Well Allegheny campaign. Additional partners include three workplaces, Giant Eagle, Auberle, and Focus on Renewal, one school district, the Cornell School District, and one restaurant, Eighty Acres Kitchen and Bar.

“It’s very encouraging to see more partners continuing to commit to improving the health of their employees, students and patrons, and we welcome these five additional members to the Live Well Allegheny campaign,” said Health Department Director, Dr. Karen Hacker. “Now participating in the campaign are 61 communities, 47 restaurants, 27 workplaces and 15 school districts that are making health a priority in Allegheny County. To make Allegheny County the healthiest county in the nation, it takes a group effort, so we encourage you to apply to earn the Live Well designation if you haven’t already done so.”

Following is more information on the newest members:

Live Well Allegheny Workplaces

Through a variety of initiatives, Giant Eagle is promoting physical activity and nutrition for its employees across its offices, retail support centers and area stores. The company’s efforts range from ongoing wellness challenges that provide incentives for achieving specific wellness goals to health counseling focused on physical activity, smoking cessation and weight management.

Focus on Renewal has committed to provide access to an on-site fitness area, standing desks for employees and a space for a workplace garden. Not only will Focus on Renewal organize fitness classes on site, they will offer employee opportunities for physical/wellness activity before, during, and after work.

In addition to Auberle‘s annual Employee Wellness Program, the workplace has committed to provide healthy options in the cafeteria, in vending machines, and in meetings. Auberle will promote physical activity by organizing fitness classes on site, offer a discount to health-clubs and fitness membership, and encourage employees to participate in athletic activities. Auberle also provides paid time off for employees to have preventive care and cancer screenings and has created an Employee Wellness Committee.

Live Well Allegheny School District

The Cornell School District will improve the health of their students with a commitment to a comprehensive healthy school’s program. Cornell will offer fresh fruit and vegetables at all meals, promote water drinking, and provide 2% milk and chocolate milk instead of whole milk. The district will also utilize websites and social media to provide information on physical activity, nutrition, stress management, tobacco cessation, and other health and wellness related initiatives.

Live Well Allegheny Restaurant

Eighty Acres Kitchen and Bar will promote healthy choices by providing smaller-sized sugar-sweetened beverage options, low calorie salad dressing, and vegetarian fare and healthy side dishes. In addition, Eighty Acres Kitchen and Bar will eliminate trans-fat oils and use plant-based oils for cooking instead.

Live Well Allegheny was launched in January 2014 by County Executive Rich Fitzgerald as a comprehensive and innovative strategy on wellness that embraces a broad concept of living well to include physical health, mental wellness, personal and community safety, prevention and preparedness, and much more. The effort is being led by the Allegheny County Board of Health and Dr. Hacker.

Participants in the Live Well Allegheny campaign work with the Health Department’s staff. While monetary resources are not part of the initiative, participants can receive materials, information and collateral items to promote the campaign and their individual efforts to live well.

Released over the summer, the 2018 Community Impact Report: Creating Health in Every Space details how Live Well Allegheny works with partners to create opportunities for health in every space—where Allegheny County residents live, learn, work, and eat.

Bradford Woods Formally Designated a Live Well Allegheny Community

September 23, 2018

PITTSBURGH – County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Health Department Director Dr. Karen Hacker joined borough officials and residents yesterday afternoon to formally announce that the Borough of Bradford Woods has been designated a Live Well Allegheny Community.

“Bradford Woods is well known for following best practices and consistently seeking ways to better its community for the benefit of its residents, and yesterday’s designation is keeping in line with that reputation,” said Fitzgerald. “Congratulations to President Coltharp and all of council and, more importantly, to the residents of Bradford Woods for this focus on health and wellness for the borough.”

Bradford Woods’ Council adopted an ordinance committing to meeting the goals of the campaign and to partnering with Allegheny County and the Live Well Allegheny initiative on July 9, 2018. In that legislation, the borough committed to sustain outdoor wellness trails accessible to residents of all abilities, to support farmers markets and community supported agriculture, to encourage involvement with community volunteer activities, and to promote smoke-free buildings and perimeters.

“With yesterday’s announcement, there are now six communities in Council District 2 which have committed to improving the health and wellness of Allegheny County residents,” said county Council Member Cindy Kirk, District 2 Representative. “As a nurse, I wholeheartedly support initiatives that allow residents to make healthy choices and improve their own wellness and thank Bradford Woods’ Council for making this a priority in their community.

The borough has also resolved to share information on wellness campaign events with the broader community via websites and social media to provide information on physical activity, nutrition, stress management, tobacco cessation, and other health and wellness related initiatives.

“It was a pleasure to be a part of this announcement, and it’s great to see that yet another community has committed to making health a top priority for its residents,” said Hacker. “For those communities that haven’t earned the Live Well designation, doing so is easy, and we encourage you to apply.”

The announcement took place during Bradford Woods’ Community Day, an event that featured live music, activities, food and presentations and included a number of community organizations, giving residents an opportunity to become involved and engaged.

“Bradford Woods is honored to participate in the Live Well Allegheny program,” said Charles Coltharp, Council President. “With our convenient access to recreational areas and fresh grown, local food, we hope to help all of our residents ‘live well.’”

Live Well Allegheny was launched in January 2014 by County Executive Rich Fitzgerald as a comprehensive and innovative strategy on wellness that embraces a broad concept of living well to include physical health, mental wellness, personal and community safety, prevention and preparedness, and much more. The effort is being led by the Allegheny County Board of Health and Dr. Hacker.

The Live Well Allegheny campaign now includes 61 communities, 46 restaurants, 24 workplaces and 14 school districts. While monetary resources are not part of the initiative, participants can receive materials, information and collateral items to promote the campaign and their individual efforts to live well.

Two Additional Live Well Allegheny Partners Join the Initiative

September 7, 2018

PITTSBURGH – The Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) announced that the Township of Upper St. Clair has been designated as a Live Well Allegheny Community and Greater Valley Community Services has been designated as a Live Well Allegheny Workplace, adding two more partners to the county’s Live Well Allegheny campaign.

“Over the past four years, we have seen substantial buy-in and investment by hundreds of partners into the idea of becoming a healthier county,” said County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. “We are grateful that so many people have come to the table to think about how to make recreational opportunities and other health-related offerings available in their community, workplace, school or restaurant. This initiative is only going to continue to grow and, together,
we will create a healthier Allegheny County.”

Participants in the Live Well Allegheny campaign work with the Health Department’s staff. While monetary resources are not part of the initiative, participants can receive materials, information and collateral items to promote the campaign and their individual efforts to live well.

“We are very encouraged to see more and more partners in our county join the Live Well Allegheny initiative, and we are excited to welcome the Township of Upper Saint Clair and Greater Valley Community services to the campaign,” said Health Department Director, Dr. Karen Hacker. “Now participating are 60 communities, 46 restaurants, 24 workplaces and 14 school districts that are making health a priority in Allegheny County. But there is room for all, and we encourage you to apply for the Live Well designation if you haven’t already done so.”

Live Well Allegheny Community

The Township of Upper St. Clair will support the health of its residents by developing indoor and outdoor wellness trails, which will be accessible to residents of all abilities, and by supporting their local farmers markets. The township will also promote smoke-free buildings, perimeters, and parks, provide recreational opportunities for all ages, and encourage involvement with community volunteer activities.

“It’s great to see that another municipality in my district has earned the Live Well Allegheny designation,” said Sue Means, the County Council Member representing District 5. “I commend the Township of Upper Saint Clair for putting together a plan to promote the health and well-being of its residents, and I look forward to seeing the results.”

Live Well Allegheny Workplace

Greater Valley Community Services will support stretching and physical activity breaks during work hours and meetings, locate safe and accessible outdoor walking or running paths and trails, and create employee athletic teams and activities. They have also resolved to provide healthy food options, promote tobacco cessation, and create an Employee Wellness Committee.

Live Well Allegheny was launched in January 2014 by County Executive Rich Fitzgerald as a comprehensive and innovative strategy on wellness that embraces a broad concept of living well to include physical health, mental wellness, personal and community safety, prevention and preparedness, and much more. The effort is being led by the Allegheny County Board of Health and Dr. Hacker.

Released in the past month, the 2018 Community Impact Report: Creating Health in Every Space to learn how Live Well Allegheny works with its partners to create opportunities for health in every space – where Allegheny County residents live, learn, work, and eat.

Health Department Announces Five New Live Well Allegheny Designations

June 14, 2018

PITTSBURGH – The Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) announced five new members to the Live Well Allegheny campaign, including one community, two restaurants and two workplaces. Now participating in the campaign are 59 communities, 44 restaurants, 18 workplaces and 14 school districts that are making health a priority in Allegheny County.

“When this program was first introduced, we hoped that it would quickly gather steam and that we would see more and more organizations involved in these efforts,” said County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. “I’m thrilled to see that there are five more entities that are partnering with us to improve the health of our community and am grateful for this shared vision.”

Live Well Allegheny Community

The Borough of Aspinwall has resolved to promote and encourage involvement with community volunteer activities, including the utilization of web sites and social medial to provide information on physical activity, nutrition, stress management, tobacco cessation, and other health and wellness related initiatives.

“I’m very pleased that an additional community in my district, the borough of Aspinwall, has earned the Live Well Allegheny status,” said Anita Prizio, the County Council Member representing District 3. “I look forward to seeing the borough implement its plans and how the community members respond to these great initiatives.”

Live Well Allegheny Restaurants

Eggs N’at Diner will offer vegetarian fare options, healthy side dishes, and half portions on select menu items. They have also resolved to use plant based oils for cooking and baking.

Parkhurst Dining on the campus of Chatham University will provide low-calorie salad dressings and healthy side dishes, and will use plant based oils for cooking and baking. Additionally, they will offer vegetarian and vegan fare options, brown rice and other whole grains, and low-fat milk as an alternate to cream for hot beverages.

Live Well Allegheny Workplaces

Vanadium Woods Village will provide healthy cafeteria and vending options, a private area for employees to breastfeed, and access to water fountains, water dispensers, and water coolers. Vanadium Woods Village will also ensure well-lit, safe stairwells, and access to an on-site space for physical activity. In addition, the workplace will locate safe and accessible outdoor walking or running paths and trails for its employees, provide access to a secure bicycle storage area, provide standing/walking desks, and provide a space for a workplace garden that employees can build and maintain.

Heritage Valley Health System (Sewickley) will provide healthy options in the cafeteria, vending machines, and during work meetings, and will issue health and wellness educational resources to employees. To encourage physical activity, Heritage Valley will promote weight-loss competitions or events, provide access to an on-site area for physical activity, and locate safe and accessible outdoor walking or running paths. Additionally, Heritage Valley will promote tobacco cessation through support groups, resources, and services, and will highlight success stories of employees who have successfully quit smoking, lost weight, or achieved personal health goals.

“It’s exciting to welcome five more members to the Live Well family,” said ACHD Director, Dr. Karen Hacker. “This new group is committed to making health a top priority and will implement great plans for its citizens, employees and patrons. If you haven’t yet earned the Live Well Allegheny designation, we urge you to apply now.”

Live Well Allegheny was launched in January 2014 by County Executive Rich Fitzgerald as a comprehensive and innovative strategy on wellness that embraces a broad concept of living well to include physical health, mental wellness, personal and community safety, prevention and preparedness, and much more. The effort is being led by the Allegheny County Board of Health and Dr. Hacker.

Participants in the Live Well Allegheny campaign work with the Health Department’s staff. While monetary resources are not part of the initiative, participating workplaces can receive materials, information and collateral items to promote the campaign and their individual efforts to live well.

Moon Township Earns Designation as a Live Well Allegheny Community

June 7, 2018

PITTSBURGH – The Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) announced that another community, Moon Township, has earned the Live Well Allegheny Community designation. Now participating in the campaign are 58 communities, 42 restaurants, 14 workplaces and 14 school districts that are making health a priority in Allegheny County.

“We are excited to see so many of our partners in this county sign on as participants in the Live Well Allegheny initiative, and delighted to welcome Moon Township to the program,” said County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. “Our region is most successful when we work together and improving the health in our county is no exception. We welcome Moon Township and look forward to seeing the great activities and offerings in their community.”

In its formal submission, Moon Township committed to improving the health and wellness of its residents by promoting physical activity, nutrition, and tobacco cessation. The township will develop walking maps, and indoor and outdoor wellness trails that will be accessible to residents of all ages and abilities, and will encourage multi-modal transportation of residents by providing facilities that encourage walking, ride-sharing, public transportation and bike riding. In addition, the township will promote and support farmers markets, smoke-free buildings and perimeters, and provide health information across a variety of platforms

“I am thrilled that Moon Township has earned the status of a Live Well Community,” said District 1 Council Representative, Thomas Baker. “Moon Township is a pinnacle of good government and provides such amazing programming for residents. This designation and commitment will add to the already excellent assortment of activities and events for Moon residents, while also making sure that best practices are being focused on in the township.”

Live Well Allegheny was launched in January 2014 by County Executive Rich Fitzgerald as a comprehensive and innovative strategy on wellness that embraces a broad concept of living well to include physical health, mental wellness, personal and community safety, prevention and preparedness, and much more. The effort is being led by the Allegheny County Board of Health and Health Department Director, Dr. Karen Hacker.

“I was very pleased to notify Moon Township supervisors at their meeting last evening that their community earned Live Well status,” said Dr. Hacker. “Moon Township is dedicated to making health a priority for its residents, and has put together some great plans to achieve that goal. Earning the Live Well designation is easy, and we encourage those communities that have not yet applied to do so.”

Participants in the Live Well Allegheny campaign work with the Health Department’s staff. While monetary resources are not part of the initiative, participating workplaces can receive materials, information and collateral items to promote the campaign and their individual efforts to live well. For more information on the campaign, including details on how to earn the Live Well designation, visit the Live Well Allegheny communities page.

Two Additional Communities Earn Live Well Allegheny Designation

May 16, 2018

PITTSBURGH – The Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) announced that the Township of O’Hara and Shaler Township are the two most recent communities to have been designated as Live Well Allegheny Communities.

“We know that a few of the things that sets our region apart from others includes our quality of life, and our focus on working together to address challenges,” said County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. “The Live Well Allegheny campaign reflects both of those things. Their participation recognizes the park and recreation opportunities offered in their community, and the campaign itself focuses on what we can do cooperatively to provide a healthier community. I’m proud of the work that Dr. Hacker and her team have been doing, and grateful that so many partners are joining us in this effort.”

Live Well O’Hara
The Township of O’Hara has committed to improving residents’ health and wellness through initiatives that promote proper nutrition, physical activity, and tobacco cessation. The township will encourage the support of local farmers’ markets, and continue the establishment of the Edible Trail at its Upper Woodland Park. O’Hara Township will also discourage smoking near its playgrounds.

“I’m so proud that two of the communities in my district, O’Hara and Shaler, are taking concrete steps to improve the health and well-being of their residents by joining the Live Well Allegheny campaign,” said Anita Prizio, the County Council Member representing District 3. “By promoting important goals as physical activity, tobacco cessation and investing in our parks, we are well on our way to making Allegheny County one of the most livable counties.”

Live Well Shaler
Shaler Township has resolved to promote physical activity in its parks, which includes the Fall Run Park walking trails, Kiwanis Park’s community swimming pool, the numerous baseball and soccer fields, as well as tennis and bocce courts in all township-owned parks. The township will also promote participation in a voluntary wellness campaign for the community’s employees, and plan, promote and implement a Live Well Allegheny. In addition, the township will promote smoke-free perimeters, which includes buildings and township owned vehicles.

“It’s very encouraging to see that the Live Well Allegheny campaign continues to grow and expand,” said ACHD Director, Dr. Karen Hacker. “With today’s announcement, we now have 57 communities, 42 restaurants, 14 workplaces and 14 school districts that are making health a priority in Allegheny County. We encourage all municipalities to join our efforts, and to create healthier opportunities for their community members.”

Live Well Allegheny was launched in January 2014 by County Executive Rich Fitzgerald as a comprehensive and innovative strategy on wellness that embraces a broad concept of living well to include physical health, mental wellness, personal and community safety, prevention and preparedness, and much more. The effort is being led by the Allegheny County Board of Health and Dr. Hacker.

Participants in the Live Well Allegheny campaign work with the Health Department’s staff. While monetary resources are not part of the initiative, participating workplaces can receive materials, information and collateral items to promote the campaign and their individual efforts to live well.

Five Additional Communities Earn Live Well Allegheny Designation

March 21, 2018

PITTSBURGH – The Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) announced that another five communities – the boroughs of Millvale, Crafton, Emsworth, Leetsdale, and Castle Shannon – have joined the Live Well Allegheny campaign. That brings the totals to 55 communities, 42 restaurants, 14 workplaces and 14 school districts that are making health a priority in Allegheny County.

“Increases in physical activity and improvements in eating habits are just a few of the many opportunities that our five newest Live Well Allegheny communities will be providing for their residents,” said Dr. Karen Hacker, Health Department Director. “We are very pleased that 55 communities in our county are taking the steps to improve the health and well-being of their residents, and we encourage all communities to join Live Well Allegheny, if they have not already done so.”

Live Well Millvale
The Borough of Millvale will promote participation in a voluntary wellness campaign for the community’s employees, provide healthy foods as alternatives to vending machines through the wellness program, and encourage involvement with community volunteer activities.

Live Well Crafton
The Borough of Crafton will encourage participation in physical activity, share information on recreation and learning events, develop and maintain outdoor wellness trails accessible to residents of all abilities, and develop and display detailed walking maps. The borough will offer healthy foods in borough-operated concession areas and promote and support community gardens. The borough has also taken steps to encourage involvement with community volunteer activities, promote smoke-free buildings and perimeters, and provide health information through a variety of platforms.

Live Well Emsworth
The Borough of Emsworth has resolutions to rehabilitate the walking trails at Marmo Community Park, will promote and support farmers markets, and encourage involvement with community volunteer activities. The borough will also share information on their senior wellness campaign, and will plan, promote and implement a Live Well Allegheny event, and will promote smoke-free buildings and perimeters.

Live Well Leetsdale
Leetsdale Borough has pledged to further improve residents’ health and well-being by sharing information on wellness campaign events and seasonal events, encouraging community involvement with volunteer activities, and planning, promoting and implementing a Live Well Allegheny event in cooperation with the yearly Leetsdale Snowflake 5k Run/Walk. The borough is also supporting smoking cessation by promoting smoke-free buildings and perimeters.

Live Well Castle Shannon
Castle Shannon Borough promises to develop indoor and outdoor wellness trails accessible to residents of all abilities, will encourage multi-modal transportation of residents by providing facilities or policies that encourage walking and bike riding, and will encourage involvement with community volunteer activities. Furthermore, the borough will promote smoke-free buildings and perimeters, and encourage participation in a voluntary wellness campaign for the community’s employees.

Live Well Allegheny was launched in January 2014 by County Executive Rich Fitzgerald as a comprehensive and innovative strategy on wellness that embraces a broad concept of living well to include physical health, mental wellness, personal and community safety, prevention and preparedness, and much more. The effort is being led by the Allegheny County Board of Health and Dr. Hacker.

Participants in the Live Well Allegheny campaign work with the Health Department’s staff. While monetary resources are not part of the initiative, participating workplaces can receive materials, information and collateral items to promote the campaign and their individual efforts to live well. For more information on the campaign, including details on how you can become a participant, visit our Live Well Communities page.

One Community and One Workplace Earn Live Well Allegheny Status

January 25, 2018

PITTSBURGH – The Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) announced today that one community and one workplace have earned the Live Well Allegheny designation. This brings the total to 50 communities, 41 restaurants, 14 workplaces and 13 school districts that are making health a priority in Allegheny County.

“We are very pleased to announce that the Borough of Dravosburg and the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank have committed to the Live Well Allegheny program,” said Dr. Karen Hacker, ACHD Director. “To reach our goal of making Allegheny County the healthiest county in the nation, we want to ensure that residents have access to healthy options where we live, learn, work and eat. We encourage all community partners to join the Live Well Alleghenycampaign if they haven’t already done so.”

Live Well Allegheny Community
The Borough of Dravosburg is committed to accomplishing the goals of Live Well Allegheny, and will take actions that will impact both employees and residents. For employees, they will promote the participation in a voluntary wellness campaign and offer incentives for employees who walk or bike to work. For residents, the borough will focus on increasing physical activity by promoting walking trails, developing walking maps, encouraging multi-modal transportation by providing policies and facilities that encourage walking and biking, and promote wellness events. Dravosburg will also promote local farmers markets and ask for healthier options in their vending machines, and promote smoke-free buildings and perimeters.

Live Well Allegheny Workplace
The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank has a Workplace Culture Committee that provides its employees with opportunities to improve physical health, mental health, and personal and community safety. Employees have access to: healthy food options in vending machines, filtered water stations, secure bicycle storage and safe outdoor walking paths. The Food Bank has integrated workplace policies, such as a tobacco-free policy, a breast-feeding policy that includes isolated areas and flexibility for employees to pump at work, and two Employee Assistance Programs. Health education, screenings and prevention are also offered, which includes a free annual flu shot clinic for employees.

Live Well Allegheny was launched in January 2014 by County Executive Rich Fitzgerald as a comprehensive, innovative strategy on wellness that embraces a broad concept of living well to include physical health, mental wellness, personal and community safety, prevention and preparedness, and much more. The effort is being led by the Allegheny County Board of Health and ACHD Director, Dr. Karen Hacker.

Participants in the Live Well Allegheny campaign work with the Health Department’s staff. While monetary resources are not part of the initiative, participating workplaces can receive materials, information and collateral items to promote the campaign and their individual efforts to live well.

West Homestead Ice Skates in August!

West Homestead Borough, a Live Well Allegheny Community, found a fun way to encourage physical activity during its Community Day that took place on August 19th at Calhoun Community Park. Residents could ice skate outside in the summer on an all-weather ice rink. Experienced skaters brought their own ice skates for free sharpening before they hit the ice, and others rented ice skates so beginners and experts could skate together on a rink with snow machine, lights and music.

This activity was a project of the Live Well Allegheny Mon Valley Initiative. Funded by the Jefferson Regional Foundation, the initiative promotes the Live Well Allegheny campaign specifically in the south hills and Monongahela River valley. Municipalities and school districts in the region can apply for mini-grants up to $500 to promote Live Well Allegheny in their community. The funding is intended to implement a new program that the school or community has been thinking about or to add a healthier component to something that exists, like community day events. Community days are a great way to celebrate the places we live.

Communities and schools are getting creative with the mini-grants by encouraging activities that will increase access to fresh and healthy food, increase physical activity and decrease smoking. We are very excited to see how West Homestead Borough is creatively being active and living well.