Gain Live Well Status

The best approach for making an impact on the health and well-being of our County is through a coordinated, local effort. Our communities, schools and our workplaces must all work together for Allegheny County residents to “Live Well.”

All municipalities, schools and restaurants located within Allegheny County are encouraged to gain “Live Well status” so that they contribute to our goal to make Allegheny County the “healthiest county” in the nation.

Instructions and criteria for becoming a Live Well Allegheny Community, School or Restaurant are listed here (click on the appropriate title to view criteria):

To be designated as a Live Well Allegheny Community, the city, municipality, township, etc. must first indicate its intent to work along with Allegheny County to accomplish the goals of the campaign. This can be accomplished by executive action, resolution or other formal action taken by a mayor, municipal executive, or the governing body of the community.

In addition to referencing willingness to work with the campaign to accomplish its goals, the community should also indicate what additional steps it is willing to take within its own community toward those goals. At a minimum, at least three action steps should be committed to in the community’s formal action.

Following is a sampling of possible action steps, but it is by no means exhaustive:

  • Promote participation in a voluntary wellness campaign for the community’s employees
  • Share information on wellness campaign events with the broader community to encourage the voluntary participation of residents
  • Plan, promote and implement a Live Well Allegheny event in cooperation with the campaign that encourages active living
  • Develop indoor and outdoor wellness trails accessible to residents of all abilities
  • Develop walking maps; measure the distances mapped and encourage residents to meet goals
  • Offer incentives for employees who walk or bike to work
  • Encourage multi-modal transportation of residents by providing facilities or policies that encourage walking and bike riding
  • Ask your vending machine company to add healthy foods, and work with the company to post calories and nutrient contents and amounts for the foods offered
  • Promote and support farmers’ markets
  • Encourage involvement with community volunteer activities
  • Promote smoke-free buildings and perimeters
  • Provide health information focused on monthly or seasonal events
  • Utilize web sites and social media to provide information on physical activity, nutrition, stress management, tobacco cessation, and other health and wellness related initiatives.

Once formal action has been taken by the proper authorities within the community, including information on how the requirements of the program will be met, written notification should be made to the Director of the Allegheny County Health Department.

Letters of commitment can be addressed to:

Dr. Karen A. Hacker, Director
Allegheny County Health Department
542 Fourth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Emailed letters can be sent to Hannah Hardy at hannah.hardy@alleghenycounty.us.

Upon review by the Health Department, designation of the community as a Live Well Allegheny Community will be formally made. The community will then be recognized as a partner in the campaign and will be entitled to all the benefits that being a partner entails.

To be designated as a Live Well Allegheny School, a district or school must first indicate its intent to work with Allegheny County to accomplish the goals of the campaign. This can be achieved by executive action, if appropriate, or by resolution of the school board.

In addition to referencing willingness to work with the campaign, the district should indicate:

  1. Its willingness to share student BMI data (by school) with the county annually; and,
  2. Identify what additional steps it is willing to take within its own schools toward Live Well Allegheny goals.

At a minimum, at least four action steps should be committed to in the district’s formal action. Following is a sampling of possible action steps, but it is by no means exhaustive:

  • Provide 15 minutes of exercise four times a day and incorporate non-traditional exercise options like dancing, yoga, hula hoops or other opportunities into physical education classes
  • Make a commitment to a comprehensive healthy schools program
  • Share information on wellness campaign events with district residents to encourage the voluntary participation of parents and students
  • Ask your vending machine company to add healthy foods, and work with the company to post calories and nutrient contents and amounts for the foods offered
  • Plan, promote and implement a Live Well Allegheny event in cooperation with the campaign that encourages active living
  • Offer fresh fruit and vegetables at all meals; and provide 2% milk and chocolate milk instead of whole milk
  • Enhance health education to include nutrition and physical activity information
  • Conduct a youth survey (PAYS or YRBS) that includes questions on physical activity and nutrition; share the resulting data with the Allegheny County Health Department
  • Initiate employee wellness activities such as walking clubs to encourage physical activity
  • Engage in the Safe Routes to School Program
  • Implement an evidence-based social skills curriculum
  • Initiate a school garden with connection to education program
  • Record student insurance information and share overall data with Allegheny County Health Department
  • Incorporate fitness measures into physical education classes
  • Expand opportunities for fitness to all staff and students (i.e. conduct administrative meetings in an active manner (walking, standing); schedule and encourage walks during free periods
  • Promote water drinking (provide bubblers with attachments to fill water bottles)
  • Develop health food policies for food served at school meetings or school-sponsored events
  • Utilize web sites and social media to provide information on physical activity, nutrition, stress management, tobacco cessation, and other health and wellness related initiatives.

Once formal action has been taken which includes detail on how the requirements of the program will be met, written notification should be made to the Director of the Allegheny County Health Department.

Letters of commitment can be addressed to:

Dr. Karen A. Hacker, Director
Allegheny County Health Department
542 Fourth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Emailed letters can be sent to Hannah Hardy at hannah.hardy@alleghenycounty.us.

Upon review by the Department, designation of the district as a Live Well Allegheny School will be formally made. The district will then be recognized as a partner in the campaign and will be entitled to all benefits being a partner entails.