The campaign to make Allegheny County the healthiest county in the nation continues to grow! We are pleased to share that Bluebird Kitchen was designated as a Live Well Restaurant on April 10th, 2017. In addition, the boroughs of Bellevue, Sharpsburg and East McKeesport along with the City of Duquesne have joined the Live Well Allegheny campaign. Finally, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens has been designated as a Live Well Workplace.
Congratulations to our Live Well Allegheny Partner, the American Healthcare Group, LLC, on another successful Farm to Table event. The Allegheny County Health Department represented both our Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program as well as Live Well Allegheny on March 24-25th.
As the Live Well Allegheny community continues to grow, we invite you to participate in the upcoming Learning Collaborative events. The workshops will provide up-to-date information on program implementation and grant opportunities. If you are interested in facilitating a workshop in the future, please reach out to Erica Bryson at (412) 247-7964 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Please also check the partner resources page of the web site for additional resources.
Karen Hacker, MD, MPH
Director, Allegheny County Health Department
New Live Well resources available online!
Live Well Allegheny is seeking feedback on a new resource created to guide Live Well Allegheny Workplaces, Communities, and Schools implement Health in All Policies. Please let us know if you find the action steps menus helpful!
We also have a new referral form to connect Live Well participants to our network of community resources.
Check out the latest Live Well Story!
Live Well Allegheny Workplace, the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh, describes recent initiatives that have benefited employee wellness. Please visit our website to read more or check out the workplace’s Live Well Allegheny letter of commitment.
Also, please join the YMCA for the annual Healthy Kids Day on Saturday, April 29th.
The Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County (RAAC), in partnership with the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD), is pleased to announce applications for the Active Allegheny Grant Program (AAGP) are open. Communities can apply to create bicycle and pedestrian transportation plans, develop designs for specific bicycle and pedestrian transportation improvements, or conduct activities that promote physical activity.
For more information, please reach out to Ann Ogoreuc via e-mail at Ann.Ogoreuc@alleghenycounty.us.
In partnership with Pittsburgh Black Nurses in Action, Inc. and Athletic Trauma Unit (#ATU), the Kingsley Association will be hosting a FREE health fair on Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 10am-2pm.
For more information, please check out the Live Well events calendar or call (412) 223-6742.
Please join the Playful Pittsburgh Collaborative at the 5th Annual Ultimate Play Day. This is a celebration of playfulness for people of all ages. This year, the event will be held at Allegheny Commons East Park on Sunday, April 30, 2017 from 1-4 PM.
During National Nutrition Month, Allies for Children and the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank released a new report highlighting that in Allegheny County, on average, 56 students qualifying for free and reduced price meals are eating breakfast per 100 eating lunch, outperforming Pennsylvania’s average of 50 students. Governor Tom Wolf’s 2020 goal is to reach 60.
What’s Happening in Public Health
On March 7th, Allegheny County Council approved the regulation of e-cigarettes in indoor public places, workplaces, and food establishments. These regulations will limit the use of e-cigarettes by food service workers during work hours and prohibit “vaping” where smoking is prohibited.
Interested in learning more about how the regulations will impact you? Please see the FAQs document available on our website.
Please consider attending the 2017 Pennsylvania Health Literacy Coalition Meeting and health literacy training on May 15-16th. The meeting will include breakout sessions led by Coalition members and a keynote presentation by health literacy expert, Andrew Pleasant, Ph.D.
For more information and event registration, please check out the website.
The United Fresh Start Foundation is now accepting applications for our new Community Grants Program. The program seeks to fund initiatives that create an environment where kids have easy access to high-quality, great-tasting and affordable fresh fruits and vegetables, ensuring kids everywhere are Growing Up Fresh. The deadline is April 20th, 2017.
For more information about the grant program and application, please visit their website.
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: https://livewellallegheny.com/about-us/live-well-allegheny-participants/partner-materials/.
We now have 45 communities, 10 school districts, 154 community partners, 31 restaurants, and 11 workplaces united in our efforts!