County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, United Way of Southwestern PA CEO Bobbi Watt Geer and ACHD Acting Director Ron Sugar joined staff on a walk celebrating the United Way’s designation as a Live Well Workplace.
A warm welcome to newest members of Live Well Allegheny – Tarentum Borough, The United Way of Southwestern PA, Chartwell Pennsylvania and Jump With Jill. Thank you for your commitment to the goal of making Allegheny County the healthiest county in the nation.
In the news…
There has been a lot in the news lately about a multi-state outbreak of lung injury associated with e-cigarette products. We were proactive in addressing this issue in Allegheny County before it became part of the national news. You can learn more here. Our work is not over though. Parents and teachers, do you know the risks tobacco and e-cigarettes pose to youth and young adults? Are you comfortable talking to them about these dangers? We have resources available at this page on the ACHD web site. You can also find resources provided by the U.S. Surgeon General to help you communicate.
Getting ready for cold and flu season…
It’s October, and another flu season is upon us. It’s a good time to remind you to get your flu shot. A yearly flu vaccine is the most important step to protecting yourself, your family, and your co-workers. ACHD offers flu shots at our walk-in clinic located at 425 First Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. The clinic is open weekdays from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. except Wednesdays when the clinic is open 1-8 p.m. No appointment is necessary. For more information about the flu and for clinic information, please visit our website.
Do you have an event coming up or a Live Well Allegheny story to tell? 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. And don’t forget to check the partner resources page of the web site for additional resources.
Also, be sure to like and follow the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) on Facebook to stay up-to-date on all ACHD news.
Ronald A. Sugar, Esq., MBA
Acting Director, Allegheny County Health Department
What’s New in the Campaign?
ACHD has extended the deadline to fill out its Community Health Survey to November 8, 2019. We encourage you to share this with residents, employees and people you work with to help in identifying key health issues in your community. This will assist ACHD in its efforts to develop the next Plan for a Healthier Allegheny. Individuals can complete the survey via this link: http://bit.ly/ACHDchs. Your voice matters!
County Executive Rich Fitzgerald joined United Way of Southwestern PA CEO Bobbi Watt Geer and staff for a lunchtime walk from their offices in the Strip District to the Courthouse to celebrate their designation as the newest Live Well Allegheny Workplace. View the video:
Wilkins Township is the latest Live Well Allegheny Community to pass a Complete Streets Policy. Complete Streets are streets that are designed for all users to increase safety and increase opportunities for people to be active in their community. If you are a municipality that is interested in passing a complete streets policy, visit the Active Transportation Resource Center’s Complete Streets resources or contact us for more information. Congratulations to Wilkins!
Events & Funding Opportunities
Trying to exercise before eating that big meal on Thanksgiving? Well, Bethel Park, a Live Well community is holding a Thanksgiving Day Recreation Turkey Trot 5k Run & Walk on November 28, 2019. To learn more and register please visit: https://runsignup.com/Race/PA/BethelPark/ThanksgivingDayBethelParkRecreationTurkeyTrot5kRunWalk.
Interested in finding out about other runs taking place in your community? Check out www.active.com/running for more information.
The Healthy Allegheny Challenge is looking for innovative, equitable solutions to improve the health of our community. One winner will be selected to receive a $1.5 million grant from the Hillman Foundation to implement the proposed public health project.
To learn more and register visit: www.healthyalleghenychallenge.org.
Organizations interested in applying must register by October 17. Applications are due no later than November 19.
On November 4-5, the Eco Districts Summit is heading to Pittsburgh to celebrate its 10th Anniversary. EcoDistricts is partnering with the City of Pittsburgh and regional leaders to bring the Summit to one of the most dynamic cities in the U.S. Over 100 leading urban change makers will be speaking and inspiring us to reimagine communitiesfrom the neighborhood up. Be part of the conversation.
To learn more and register please visit: https://summit.ecodistricts.org/.
Public Health News
Did you know that about 19% of children in the United States are obese? Obese children are not only at higher risk for having other chronic health conditions and diseases, such as asthma, joint problems, and diabetes, they are also more at risk for bullying and depression.
The Centers for Disease Control has several educational resources to help prevent obesity including information for parents and families, organizations and communities. For resources and tools your organization can use, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/features/childhoodobesity/index.html
For a glimpse at the overall trends for adults in the United states, the Centers for Disease Control just released the latest Adult Obesity Prevalence maps for all 50 states: https://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/prevalence-maps.html.
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.
We now have 193 community partners, 68 municipalities, 51 restaurants, 34 workplaces and 18 school districts united in our efforts!