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Designing a healthy community

Posted on: July 23rd, 2018 by Glenn

Mark Fenton, left, with North Country Healthy Heart Network Project Coordinator Grace Mayhew.

North Country Healthy Heart Network staff had the pleasure of attending the Adirondack Health Institute’s “Designing a Healthy Community” conference on June 28 in Lake George.

The conference featured a full agenda that focused on smart design for healthy communities. Mark Fenton, the keynote speaker, is well-versed in creating systems that help communities build a healthier, more physically active population as well as more sustainable and enjoyable lifestyles.

“Mark spoke eloquently about community design, with a focus on how you don’t have to be in the health field to work for healthy communities,” said Ann Morgan, the Heart Network’s executive director. “He told us he was happy the Hearty Network works in non-traditional ways to do this work. A healthy community needs people from different backgrounds to build strong foundations. Mark promotes cross-sector coalitions to help communities be more walkable and pedestrian friendly.”

Local organizations that work with the Heart Network, like the Malone Complete Streets Advisory Board, were also in attendance.

“The folks from Malone learned a lot,” said Grace Mayhew, project coordinator for the Heart Network. “The Advisory Board was able to connect with other people in the community and learn about what everyone is working on, and now they’re looking to bring Mark Fenton to Malone to speak there.”

To learn more about Mark Fenton, visit www.markfenton.com.

To learn more about AHI and future events, visit www.ahihealth.org.

Thanking a dedicated community champion

Posted on: July 23rd, 2018 by Glenn

Donna Andre leads a yoga session for faculty and staff at Brushton-Moira Central School.

At the North Country Healthy Heart Network, we work to build foundations for healthier communities. A key component of our work are the community champions we partner with across the region — we can’t create systems change without these dedicated individuals.

Brushton-Moira Central School District Superintendent Donna Andre retired at the end of the 2017-18 school year, leaving behind a legacy of championing wellness initiatives that have benefited faculty, staff, and students.

Andre has been a leader and champion for policies that improve health for the entire school community. She participated on the school’s Wellness Committee, offered yoga sessions during staff wellness days, and led by example, providing nutritious snacks during meetings and speaking frequently with staff and students about ways she stays active during her free time. Andre brought creative insights about wellness to the table every day, and truly cares about the whole person when it comes to their health and general well-being.

The healthiest schools are made possible by strong administrative support and leadership. We thank Andre for the passion and commitment she brought to her school community, and wish her the best of luck as she begins the next chapter of her life.

Bare Hill makes healthy strides

Posted on: June 26th, 2018 by Glenn

Malone’s Bare Hill Correctional Facility recently made a commitment to healthy meeting and vending policies.

The Executive and Security Departments both added two water bottle filling stations, which were funded by the New York State Creating Healthy Schools and Communities program as incentive for policy change.

Pictured here is Jessica Jacques, filling her water bottle from one of the new stations.

Mobile Farmers’ Market makes its premiere

Posted on: June 25th, 2018 by Glenn

The new Mobile Farmers’ Market, a project of the Joint Council for Economic Opportunity with support from the North Country Healthy Heart Network, made its premiere on June 18.

The first week was a big success, with stops drawing crowds of over 50 people. Patrons praised the Mobile Market for the variety and freshness of the produce offered.

Produce available at the market includes:

  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Corn
  • Cucumbers
  • Fresh Herbs
  • Leaf Lettuce
  • Peppers
  • Potatoes
  • Radishes
  • Scallions
  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes
  • Yellow Squash
  • Zucchini
  • Fresh Baked Breads

The Mobile Market’s schedule throughout the summer is as follows:

  • Mondays: Franklin County Courthouse in Malone, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and Tallon’s parking lot in Constable, 1 to 2:30 p.m.
  • Tuesdays: Yando’s in Malone, 10 a.m. to noon, and Rainbow Park in Fort Covington, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesdays: UVM-Alice Hyde in Malone, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the former Catholic Church in Owls Head, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
  • Thursdays: McCadam in Chateaugay, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the adult center in Burke, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
  • Fridays: Department of Social Services in Malone, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and 4 Corners in Brainardsville, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

The program is made possible by a grant from Excellus BlueCross BlueShield’s Community Health Awards. Partner agencies include Cornell Cooperative Extension and its Eat Well NY program and the New York State Department of Health’s Creating Healthy Schools & Communities program.

Giving renters a choice to live smoke-free

Posted on: June 25th, 2018 by Glenn

In the past year, the following housing providers have created no-smoking buildings and grounds, giving their residents healthier, cleaner and safer homes:

  • Behavioral Health Services North
  • Harrietstown Housing Authority
  • Plattsburgh Housing Authority

“The North Country Healthy Heart Network applauds systems changes like this that promote community health,” said Ann Morgan, executive director of the Heart Network.

For information about smoke-free living, contact Tobacco Free CFE: (518) 570-7784 or tobaccofree@cvfamilycenter.org.

If you or a loved one needs help quitting tobacco, call a health care provider. The organizations below each have tobacco treatment specialists that can help guide you to a healthier future today:

Adirondack Health (518) 897-2274

Behavioral Health Services North (518) 563-8000 ext. 227

Citizen Advocates (518) 483-3261

Clinton County Mental Health & Addiction Services (518) 565-4060

Essex County Mental Health Services (518) 873-3670

Mental Health Association of Essex County (518) 962-2077

UVM-Alice Hyde (518) 651-2160

UVM-Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital (518) 314-3633

UVM-Elizabethtown (518) 873-3148

Walk to School Day draws big crowds

Posted on: June 19th, 2018 by Glenn

Brushton-Moira Central School hosted a Walk to School Day on Friday, June 8, attracting over 180 students.

Walk to School Day promotes independence, adventure, and most importantly, regular physical activity. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, children and adolescents should get at least one hour of physical activity every day, which can lead to health benefits later in life.

“Before school physical activity has shown to be beneficial in increasing brain activity which helps students to be ready for learning,” said Kat Haney, program coordinator at the North Country Healthy Heart Network.

Brushton-Moira’s Walk to School Day featured a raffle of prizes that promote the goals of the program, including two bikes and eight Olympia Sports gift cards for grades 3 to 12. Olympia also donated a 20% off coupon to every child that participated and a coupon for a free t-shirt.

To learn more about Walk to School days and the Creating Healthy Schools and Communities program, visit www.heartnetwork.org.

Heart Network welcomes new staff member

Posted on: June 12th, 2018 by Glenn

The North Country Healthy Heart Network has announced the hiring of a new staff member: Project Coordinator Grace Mayhew.

As project coordinator, Mayhew will support implementation of the Heart Network’s Health Systems for a Tobacco Free New York and Creating Healthy Schools and Communities programs, which are funded by New York State (the former via subcontract with Glens Falls Hospital).

“We are so pleased to have Grace join us,” said Ann Morgan, the Heart Network’s executive director. “Her background, experience and interests are a perfect fit for the team and organization. She brings experience organizing and promoting educational programs, as well as a passion for the outdoors. We’re really looking forward to getting her out to meet our partners.”

“I am excited to be at the Heart Network to help make our communities stronger and healthier,” Mayhew said.

Prior to joining the Heart Network, Mayhew worked as a substitute teacher and as a park naturalist for the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation. She has also served as a watershed steward.

The Heart Network works to build foundations for healthy communities by designing, developing, and implementing strategies to decrease the incidence of cardiac disease, stroke and related chronic disease in northern New York State. For more information about the North Country Healthy Heart Network, visit www.heartnetwork.org or call (518) 891-5855.

JCEO, Heart Network team up to offer Mobile Farmers’ Market

Posted on: May 16th, 2018 by Glenn

The Joint Council for Economic Opportunity (JCEO) and North Country Healthy Heart Network have announced the launch of a new Mobile Farmers’ Market that will provide access to fresh fruit and vegetables at 10 community-based stops in Clinton and Franklin counties.

The program is made possible by a grant from Excellus BlueCross BlueShield’s Community Health Awards. Partner agencies include Cornell Cooperative Extension and its Eat Well NY program and the New York State Department of Health’s Creating Healthy Schools & Communities program.

“We are truly excited to provide the Mobile Farmers’ Market to communities that really need our service,” said Richard Lavigne, JCEO’s food service director. “Add in the new salad bar with all fresh vegetables along with fresh bakery products and you have something for everyone.”

JCEO used Excellus funding and grant money secured by the Heart Network from the state’s Creating Healthy Schools & Communities program to convert a minibus into a mobile market. Starting June 18, the bus will make stops in communities that don’t have access to grocery stores or regular access to fruit and vegetables, or access to reliable transportation. Planned stops include:

  • Mondays: Franklin County Courthouse in Malone, 10 a.m. to noon, and Constable, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

  • Tuesdays: Yando’s in Malone, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

  • Wednesdays: Alice Hyde, 10 a.m. to noon, and Owls Head, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

  • Thursdays: Chateaugay, 10 a.m.to noon, and Burke, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

  • Fridays: Department of Social Services in Malone, 10 a.m. to noon, and Brainardsville, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

The Heart Network also provided technical assistance with acquiring equipment, promoted the market and connected the program with other community partners.

“JCEO is the perfect community-based organization to grow the idea of a Mobile Farmers’ Market,” said Andrea Goff, program coordinator at the Heart Network. “They have made a natural transition in the past few years from providing on site farmers’ markets at three sites to now reaching ten sites across northern Franklin and Clinton counties. This dream is becoming a reality and the Heart Network could not be more proud and excited to be part of this initiative.”

Excellus’s Community Health Awards support programs that have clear goals to improve the health or health care of specific populations. Grants focus on improving the health status of a community, reducing the incidence of specific diseases, promoting health education and enhancing overall wellness.

For more information about JCEO, visit www.jceo.org.

For more information about the North Country Healthy Heart Network, visit www.heartnetwork.org.