Welcome to the new members of Live Well Allegheny!
On May 26th, we announced Live Well Monroeville, our newest community to join the campaign. Dr. Roderick Harris, ACHD Deputy Director of Community Health Promotion and Disease Prevention was joined by County Council Member Dr. Charles Martoni, Mayor Greg Erosenko and members of the Monroeville Human Needs and Resource Board. The group gathered at the Monroeville Senior Center to celebrate the work that the Center is doing to promote wellness for seniors.
Did you miss our first Live Well Allegheny webinar on May 9th? Watch a recording online and complete the survey to shape our Learning Collaborative: http://www.livewellallegheny.com/live-well-allegheny-learning-collaborative/
Do you have an event coming up? Please let us know so we can add it to the Live Well Allegheny event calendar. Contact Marie Fontelo (Marie.Fontelo@AlleghenyCounty.us) with details.
Karen Hacker, MD, MPH
Director, Allegheny County Health Department
The Live Well Allegheny campaign received renewed funding from the Richard King Mellon Foundation to continue improving access to fresh and healthy foods and access to active transportation. Through partnerships with Allegheny County Economic Development, fitUnited/United Way of Southwestern PA, the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, Just Harvest and RANDHealth, we are working to make sure that all residents are able to live well.
We have been working with high school students from Live Well Schools and Live Well Communities through our student-led Health Initiative. The youth leaders have developed materials related to mental health, body image, physical health, and stress. Check out the great health promotion materials they have created on our Partner Materials page.
The Allegheny County Health Department recently released an update to the Guide to Healthcare Resources. If you know someone who is underinsured or uninsured, you can use this publication to find the location and contact information for the clinic or health center closest to you.
The Summer Food Program began June 13th! While 70,000 kids in Allegheny County qualify for free/reduced school meals, only a little over 10,000 kids participate in the Summer Food Program on a given day. Call 2-1-1, or text FOOD to 877-877 to find a site in your neighborhood. There is no paperwork required. Spread the word to ensure that children around the county take advantage of this great program.
The Allegheny County Better Choices, Better Health program is a free 6-week workshop that provides tools for living a health life with chronic health conditions. Are you interested in hosting this workshop in your community or know of a good location?
The YMCA has a new program: the Y on the Fly, a new mobile YMCA, bringing fun to kids all over Pittsburgh this summer. Y on the Fly will host 90 minutes of fun at different locations around the city. Each stop will include physical activity like sports games and a healthy snack activity. It is free and open to kids of all ages.
Hit the streets around Allegheny County this summer! Enjoy live music, family events, and local food with Open Streets on June 25th, June 26th, and July 31st. Visit the Live Well Allegheny Events Calendar for more information.
What’s Happening in Public Health
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released the first comprehensive overhaul of the food label since 1994. Also, the FDA released final guidance on a rule that will require food retails chains with over 20 locations to include calorie counts and other nutrition information.
This is the latest Live Well Allegheny e-update. Please find a variety of information that will be helpful to you in your efforts, and can also be shared within your own networks. As always, you can find a great deal of information on our website at www.livewellallegheny.com, including partner resources which are available here: http://www.livewellallegheny.com/about-us/live-well-allegheny-participants/partner-materials/.
We now have 24 communities, 6 school districts, 125 community partners, 24 restaurants, and 1 workplace united in our efforts!