Creating Healthy Communities is focus of May HealthQuest WNY Program

HealthQuest WNY is an initiative of Lake Erie Regional Health System of New York designed to provide health and wellness information, resources and support to the community. During May, Health-Quest WNY is hosting a program for anyone interested in learning about creating choices for better health outcomes.

The program, “Creating a Healthier Chautauqua County,” will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the SUNY Fredonia Incubator, 214 Central Ave. in Dunkirk.

Guest speakers include Chautau-qua County Department of Health and Human Services Community Trans-formation Grant staff Breeanne Agett, Project Coordinator; Kristy Kathman, Schools Coordinator; Lisa Schmidt-frerick-Miller, Community Coordina-tor; and Bonny Scott-Sleight, Child Care Resource and Referral Representative.

This program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be available.

For more information or to register for the program, call 951-7070 or email events@lakeeriehealth.org. Reservations are recommended but not required.

According to the speakers, the program will provide parents and community decision makers with tools that can help children live healthier, happier lives.

The topics to be discussed include area health statistics and how environments can influence healthy lifestyle choices. Also on the agenda are strategies for creating active environments in schools, in childcare settings, and the community. Presenters will discuss their efforts in working with the New York State Department of Health to implement a federal Community Transformation Grant and the initiative to protect the children of Chautauqua County from chronic illness.

Officials report that local efforts focus on long-term sustainable initiatives that improve access to healthy food and beverages, increase opportunities for physical activity, and limit exposure to tobacco smoke.

The Community Transformation Grant Program is provided through the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to support and enable awardees to design and implement community-level programs that prevent chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.

The program is expected to improve the health of more than 4 out of 10 U.S. citizens – about 130 million Americans.