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Regional Early Childhood Coalition Meeting
The Regional Early Childhood Coalition (RECC)/LEICC will meet on March 27th, 2015 in the Yates County Office Building - Auditorium (basement level) at 417 Liberty St, Penn Yan, NY 14527. County updates will be given from 1:00 until 1:45 pm.
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Choose Health OntariO Award
Monday, March 23rd

Choose Health OntariO

For the first time in our country’s history, we are facing the potential for reversing the life expectancy trends. This is as a result of chronic diseases related to the health behaviors of our nation’s populace. Lack of access to healthy foods and physical activity opportunities, fast foods, sedentary lifestyles, smoking habits, and a plethora of other health-impacting behaviors affect our adults and children at staggering rates.

There is no easy or singular fix to address these public health challenges but thankfully this is a shared journey. In response to the trends, six years ago the Ontario County Health Collaborative (OCHC) was formed between our three local hospitals and public health. Today the collaborative boasts over 30 stakeholders working together to make a difference in the health of our residents by providing tools, motivation, and opportunities for making healthy choices.

There are many outstanding efforts undertaken in our communities that promote healthy behaviors. To that end, for the past five years, members of the collaborative have recommended an individual, organization, or agency to the Ontario County Board of Supervisors for official recognition of their contribution to the health of Ontario County. This recognition is the Choose Health OntariO award. Past awardees’ include Canandaigua Wegmans, G.W.Lisk, Geneva School District, and the Salvation Army.

This year’s Choose Health OntariO awardee is Foodlink. Foodlink is a regional food hub and the Feeding America food bank serving 10 counties in the Finger Lakes Region. Foodlink operations target the root causes of hunger by distributing food to a network of human service agencies, serving meals through their commercial kitchen, and offering more than 30 food-related programs.   In 2014, Foodlink distributed over 18 million pounds of food—including 3.6 million pounds of produce, offered more than 200 nutrition education courses, and created new access points for healthy foods in underserved communities. Their innovative approach directly addresses health disparities related to food insecurity.

The Foodlink food bank works with area food retailers, manufacturers, and wholesalers to acquire, sort, store, and redistribute food to member programs, namely soup kitchens, shelters, and emergency food pantries. In addition, Foodlink provides food to hundreds of non-emergency programs such as group homes and senior centers, helping non-profits agencies save vital dollars on their food budget so their scarce resources can be redirected to their programs.

Matt Knaub, Director of Food Bank Operations joined the Ontario County Health Collaborative and has been an active participant in meeting the Community Health Improvement Plan goals. Due to his participation, mobile food pantries were increased by three in Ontario County. Now the communities of Geneva, Canandaigua, and Clifton Springs have scheduled, and well attended, mobile pantries. In addition, Foodlink stepped up to the plate to print the monthly table top cards for the OCHC Healthy Restaurant Dining initiative at no cost to the collaborative. They also donated the services of their graphic designer to enhance the presentation of the cards. Their support has resulted in monthly polished tabletop messages in our participating restaurants and partner cafeterias/break rooms.

Immunization Conference
Wednesday, May 20th
The Finger Lakes Area Immunization Coalition is presenting the 2015 Annual Immunization Conference, to be held on Wednesday May 20th.  The Waterloo Holiday Inn is hosting the conference this year.  Presenters will be discussing many aspects of Childhood and Adult Immunizations.  Follow the link to the registration form, which includes detailed agenda and conference information. Registration Form

Influenza 2014-2015
What You Need to Know
The holiday season is winding down and flu season is ramping up. Recent reports from the CDC and NY State indicate widespread and increasing illness. Read more..

Enterovirus D68
Is it a cold? Is it the Flu?
No, but it can look like either. Enterovirus D68 causes symptoms similar to a cold or influenza. People with EV-D68 may have body aches, runny nose, cough, sore throat, fatigue and in some cases fever. Most people who get EV-D68 recover on their own. Read more...

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A Healthy Restaurant Dining Initiative

Anyone who has ever tried to lower their fat intake or shed a few pounds understands the challenges eating at a restaurant can bring. One meal out can derail our best-laid plans when it comes to healthy eating. It is not only that restaurant fare is often higher in salt and fat; we simply tend to eat too much when we dine out.

Is it possible to eat healthy when eating out? The Ontario County Health Collaborative hopes its new partnership with area restaurants will give county residents the opportunity to find out. Participating restaurants have agreed to provide healthy options to their customers and assist with raising community awareness about the impact of diet on chronic diseases, particularly obesity and high blood pressure.

Look for initiative signage at your favorite dining spot and ask your server about available healthy options. Read more...

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Status Update

With the onset of a robust flu season in the United States, Ebola seems to have taken a back seat in the news. Click here for the latest on Ebola.

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Mary L. Beer, RN, MPH
Public Health Director

3019 County Complex Dr.
Canandaigua, NY 14424-9505

Ph: (585) 396-4343
Fx: (585) 396-4551

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