Welcome new members of Live Well Allegheny!
The campaign to make Allegheny County the healthiest county in the nation continues to grow! In September Children’s Hospital of UPMC joined us as a Live Well Allegheny Workplace. We also welcomed Duquesne University’s Hogan Dining Center to the campaign as a Live Well Allegheny Restaurant.
It’s the beginning of October which means fall is finally here! With the chilly autumn air comes the inevitable: flu season. A yearly flu vaccine is the most important step to protecting yourself against the flu. Protect yourself and your family by getting a flu shot by the end of October. For more information about the flu, visit: http://www.achd.net/flu/.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In the United States about 1-in-8 women will get breast cancer at some point in her lifetime. Talk to a doctor if breast or ovarian cancer run in your family. https://healthfinder.gov/HealthTopics/Population/women/health-conditions-and-diseases/talk-with-a-doctor-if-breast-or-ovarian-cancer-runs-in-your-family.
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
First Graders at Curtisville Primary Center, a Live Well Allegheny School, learned about locally grown apples! Check out our October Live Well Story for the details!
Interested in highlighting a health initiative in your organization? Please reach out to Kristen Rodack (Kristen.Rodack@AlleghenyCounty.us) with details.
Join Live Well Allegheny Community, Ross Township as they kick off their active transportation plan! A public meeting is scheduled for Nov. 5 to discuss ways to make the township friendlier to pedestrians and bicyclists.
Attention all students grades 6-12. Check out Allegheny Quits for Life’s Public Service Announcement Video Contest! Contestants will create a factual and fun PSA about smoking for youth in their own age group.
Are you looking for ways to fight diabetes and live healthier? Are you up for a wellness challenge? Join us on Nov. 2, at the Make a Choice Wellness Challenge, featuring fitness motivator Shaun T!
The American Diabetes Association of Western Pa. is hosting the Pittsburgh Diabetes Expo on Nov. 4. The Expo will focus on diabetes prevention and management, as well as ways to lead a healthy lifestyle.
Congratulations to Live Well Allegheny Community Partner, 412 Food Rescue, on their recent expansion!
412 Food Rescue will now be bringing rescued food to food insecure families in Beaver, Butler, Westmoreland, Fayette and Washington counties!
Do you have a Port Authority ConnectCard? Now you can get more for your money! Healthy Ride and Port Authority have partnered to give ConnectCard users unlimited 15-minute bike rides!
Need help finding the fastest and least expensive route to an appointment, work or school? Heritage Community Transportation’s Travel Navigator Center can help you find the best way to get around Allegheny County. Service is available Monday-Friday 8 a.m. –5 p.m. Just call 412-562-5104.
Every Child Inc. is encouraging families from Allegheny and surrounding counties to give every child the chance to grow up in a safe and nurturing home.
To become a foster parent, contact the recruitment coordinator at 412-728-8920 or visit https://everychildinc.org/.
What’s Happening in Public Health
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the second-most common kind of cancer in women. Approximately 1-in-8 women born in the United States will get breast cancer at some point in her lifetime.
Talk with a doctor if breast or ovarian cancer run in your family:
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 49 communities, 13 school districts, 167 community partners, 42 restaurants, and 14 workplaces united in our efforts!