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Overview

Steps To A HealthierNY :: A Healthier Broome County, One Step at a TimeSteps To A HealthierNY is part of a national health promotion and disease prevention initiative entitled Steps To A HealthierUS, launched by the Department of Health and Human Services in 2003. This five year cooperative agreement program aims to help Americans live healthier, longer, and better lives by reducing the burden of diabetes, overweight, obesity and asthma and addressing three related risk factors- physical inactivity, poor nutrition and tobacco use.

Broome County is part of a four county project lead by the New York State Department of Health through funding from the Centers for Disease Control. Only 12 projects in the nation were awarded funding in the first year of the Steps initiative to implement school and community-based initiatives that enhance and expand existing, evidenced based efforts in our community to promote policy development, implementation and environmental change. As a result of this initiative, it is hopeful that Broome County residents will take personal responsibility for their health and empower the community to take social responsibility to adopt healthy lifestyles and reduce the burden of chronic diseases.

Featured:
In celebration of Broome County's Bicentennial, The Broome County Health Department - Steps to a Healthier NY and United Health Services presents BC Walks for the Gold. Starting March 28, (the actual date of our County's 200th anniversary) 100 pairs (200 shoes) of gold shoes will be hidden along walking trails (indoor and outdoor), county parks and down Main Streets through towns, villages and cities throughout the County.
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Events

Fruits and Vegetables help ring in the New Year

On Saturday, December 31, visit United Health Services’ First Night venue at the Broome County Forum beginning at 5:00 p.m. and meet Barry Banana, Suzie Strawberry, Gordy Grape, Cathy Corn and Carl Carrot! The Fruit of the Broome are made possible by the Broome County Health Department and the Steps to a HealthierNY initiative. One of the programs supported by the Steps to a HealthierNY initiative is the Give Me 5 campaign that promotes eating five or more fruits and vegetables a day for better health. “Since United Health Services has ‘adopted’ Cosmo B. Healthy, it is important to remind kids (and adults) of all ages to make sure that they eat a variety of five or more servings of fruits and vegetables every day,” explains Mary McFadden, Supervising Public Health Educator for the Broome County Health Department.

Scientific findings continue to support the importance of eating a colorful array of fruits and vegetables each day because they can reduce the risk for chronic diseases such as heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, certain types of cancer and other diseases. Although eating more fruits and vegetables is a relatively simple lifestyle change that could have a profound impact on the nation's health, approximately 70 percent of American adults and children are still not eating enough.

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It's Fun to "SWIM" at the YMCA

Broome County Health Department Steps to a HealthierNY and the Broome County YMCA celebrate the installation of two grant funded pool chair lifts for the disabled and elderly residents to take advantage of.

The Broome County Health Department's Steps to a HealthierNY initiative and the Broome County YMCA held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate one of the newly installed pool chair lifts at the Binghamton YMCA on August 19th, 2005.

The Broome County Steps to a HealthierNY program aims to reduce the burden of obesity, diabetes and asthma through community based intervention strategies, as well as through various collaborative partnerships that will enhance a person's ability to engage in physical activity, better nutrition and reduce tobacco use. One of the premiere partners of the Broome County Steps to a HealthierNY initiative is the Broome County YMCA. The local Steps program and the YMCA collaboratively wrote for the funding of two pool chair lifts to enhance the physical activity options for disabled and elderly residents of Broome County. The pool chair lifts were installed at the YMCA in Binghamton and the YMCA in Johnson City. The funding came from the National Steps to a HealthierUS partnership with the YMCA USA. The YMCA USA has joined efforts with National Steps to a HealthierUS through a 4-year cooperative agreement program aimed at strengthening the capacity of Steps-funded communities. This was accomplished, in part, by providing $10,000 mini-grants to local YMCA's to implement projects that enhanced the local YMCA-Steps partnerships.

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Charles F. Johnson Elementary School Children and Their Parents Create Walking School Buses to Promote Walking

In recognition of the national "Walk your Child to School Day"; Wednesday, October 5, 2005, some students and their parents living in the Union Endicott's Charles F. Johnson Elementary School area walked to school using the idea of a walking school bus.

The Walk your Child to School day event embraces the idea of children walking in groups to school accompanied by adults and relies on the community efforts to bring about neighborhood change, which makes walking an enjoyable part of everyone's lives.

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The Town of Conklin Honored for Becoming a "Walkable Community"

The Broome County Health Department's Steps to a HealthierNY Program honored the Town of Conklin, Wednesday, September 28, 2005 at 1:00 p.m. in Schnurbush Park as the town unveiled the new Town of Conklin Life Walk, and announced its plans to make their community more "walkable."

The Town of Conklin concerned about the health and safety of their residents and businesses established a Walkable Communties Advisory Board eight months ago. With the support of local leadership, the advisory board engaged the community in a public visioning process, assessing and identifying opportunities to implement walkable community concepts, and develop an over all "connectivity" strategy for bikeway and pedestrian linkages to schools, neighborhoods, parks and commercials areas.

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Childhood Asthma Program Training

Breathe Better In Broome provided a free ninety-minute training for daycare providers in the American Lung Association's Childhood Asthma Program (CAP). There were nineteen childcare providers that participated in the one-day training at the Stay Healthy Center located in the Oakdale Mall on August 21, 2004. Partners included United Health Services, Community Services Asthma Team, the American Lung Association, and the Broome County Health Department.

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Mission Meltaway Events at the Broome County Office for Aging Senior Centers and Union Center Christian Church

Mission Meltaway is a nationally recognized program originally founded by the Broome County Office for Aging. This eight-week healthy weight management education program utilizes a group approach to weight loss. In one representative Mission Meltaway session 91 of the 100 participants lost weight after the 4-week "jump start" program. Sixty-five percent increased their physical activity levels, and 100 percent increased their knowledge of good nutrition and exercise.

The eight-week program incorporates diabetes prevention strategies related to improved nutrition and increased physical activity to initiate and reinforce lifestyle changes. Group supported meetings cover a range of topics including menu planning, nutrition, physical activity, and mental health.

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"Give Me 5" with the Binghamton Mets August 22, 2004

Our Green Acres Farmer's Market set up in the concourse of the NYSEG Stadium to provided one-hundred lucky Binghamton Mets fans with fresh produce. Fans were awarded "Give Me Five" coupons after correctly answering nutrition questions asked by the fruit and vegetable players. Fans also had the opportunity to sample fresh recipes from Cornell Cooperative Extension during the game.

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Steps To A HealthierNY Night with the Binghamton Mets August 18th Steps

Elizabeth Berberian, Assistant Bureau Director of Chronic Disease NYSDOH, threw out first pitch with Broome County Executive Jeff Kraham at the Steps To A HealthierNY Night with the Binghamton Mets. Fans also had the opportunity to sign up for BC Walks and receive pedometers during the game.

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Excellus Blue Cross/Blue Shield "Step UP" Press Conference at Otseningo Park, August 18th

Step Up is a statewide Excellus Blue Cross/Blue Shield challenge for everyone to be healthier. For most that means taking small, everyday steps, like walking more and eating a little bit smarter. With Step Up, you can challenge yourself to eat more nutritiously, be more physically active and lose weight safely. Excellus provides all the information, motivation and support - FREE.

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Binghamton Housing Authority & WSKG Latino Health and Wellness Event at Saratoga Apartments June 25, 2004

Community members had the opportunity to learn about physical activity and sign up for BC Walks for a chance to win free pedometers. Sunny Farms provided fresh produce for community members.

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Saint Patrick's Day Parade 2004 promoting the "Give Me 5" Campaign

The fruit and vegetable players marched in the parade and displayed the "5 a Day" banner created by Ms. Fiorentino 1st Grade Class from Homer Brink Elementary School.

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Steps To A HealthierNY Banner at NYSEG Stadium

The Steps To A HealthierNY tri vision sign is located on the Binghamton Mets score board and is displayed every fifteen minutes. The sign will run through the end of September.

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"Give Me 5" Challenge at United Health Services Hospitals, August and September 2004

United Health Services (UHS) hospitals ran an eight-week 5 A Day Challenge for its employees. Employees who chose to participate in the Challenge were given a score sheet to log the number of fruit and vegetable servings they ate for one day. Those who ate at least five fruits and vegetables were eligible to enter a drawing to win a gift certificate to the local farmers' markets and a voucher for the hospital cafeteria. Ten prizes were awarded each week and employees were able to participate as often as they wished! To kickoff the Challenge, Cornell Cooperative Extension provided free samples of a fresh fruit low fat smoothie and UHS Food Service provided a full week menu featuring entrees and side dishes made from fresh fruits and vegetables. The American Cancer Society was on-hand to provide employees with information and assistance in calculating their Body Mass Index to determine their percentage of body fat.

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"Give Me 5" Campaign Kickoff at the Giant Market, Rano Boulevard, Vestal, NY on April 27, 2004

The Broome County Health Department joined together with United Health Services, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Giant Food Markets, the Broome County Farmers' Market, the Family Enrichment Network, Broome-Tioga BOCES, as well as the Johnson City, Union Endicott and Binghamton School Districts to kickoff the "Give Me 5" campaign. The purpose of the campaign is to encourage Broome County residents to eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables everyday.

During the kickoff the Giant Market provided a tour of the store for children from the Family Enrichment Network. Dole "5 A Day" music was piped throughout the store and the Fruit and Vegetable Players were on hand to educate shoppers and the children about the importance of eating fruits and vegetables. Cornell Cooperative Extension provided taste testing of recipes made from fresh fruits and vegetables and Broome County Executive Jeffery Kraham proclaimed April 27, 2004 to be "Five A Day" in the County of Broome to honor all those participating in the "Give Me 5" campaign.

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"Give Me 5" School Campaign Kickoff June 7, 2004 at Theodore Roosevelt School Cafeteria, Ogden Street, Binghamton, NY

The Broome County Health Department joined together with United Health Services, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Giant Food Markets, the Broome County Farmers' Market, the Family Enrichment Network, Broome - Tioga BOCES as well as the Johnson City, Union Endicott and Binghamton School Districts for the "Give Me 5" campaign, to encourage Broome County residents to eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables every day.

During the school kick off event the Fruit and Vegetable Players provided education on the importance of eating fruits and vegetables, and challenged the students to eat five fruits and vegetable every day. The schools also provided a variety of fresh fruit for the children to sample during the event. A different fruit or vegetable of the week was highlighted through out the campaign on the morning announcements, in the cafeteria and on the school menu. Cornell Cooperative Extension's NY Food of the Month column was featured in the each participating school district's monthly newsletter to support the promotion.

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Programs

BC WalksBC Walks is a unique community walking campaign aimed at communicating a simple but important health message: regular walking can improve energy, help people feel better and it doesn't take much time. A new component to BC Walks is BC Walks Jr. This is a school based health promotion activity to engage children in walking as a physical activity. For more information or to enroll in BC Walks, contact 607.763.5092, or go to www.bcwalks.com.

The Farm to You :: Give Me FiveBinghamton Farmers' Market RevivalThe Farm to You community intervention relies heavily on a Give Me Five education and awareness campaign that focuses on bringing the National Cancer Institute's message of five fruits and vegetables a day to Broome County schools, worksites and grocery stores. Farm to you also promotes local farmer's markets. For more information on this intervention, contact: 607.778.3921.
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Breathe Better in BroomeBreathe Better in Broome is a multi pronged approach to the prevention, education, and management of Asthma. This intervention focuses on providing evidence based education programs in daycares, preschools, elementary, middle and middle schools, with parental involvement and opportunity for families to have home visits that will assist with identifying asthma triggers and provide them with a plan to address it. Physician education will be conducted as part of this intervention as well. For more information contact: 607.763.6060.

BC BreastfeedsBC Breastfeeds is a community intervention designed to increase the rates of breastfeeding in Broome County through components of peer counseling, provider education, a nationally adopted breastfeeding media, education and awareness campaign, and worksite breastfeeding policy guidance and implementation. For more information contact: 607.778.2845.
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Community GardensCommunity Gardens is a county wide mobilization strategy to encourage gardening with a cohesive group of participants at worksites, schools, faith based organizations and senior centers that will aid in increasing physical activity levels, consumption of fruits and vegetables, and long term goals of sustainability through lead gardening sites, stakeholder contributions, community supported agriculture programs and enhancement of local farmer's markets. For more information contact: 607.778.3929.

Mission MeltawayMission Meltaway is a nationally recognized program originally founded by the Broome County Office for Aging. It is an eight week healthy weight management education program with a group approach to weight loss. There are eight participating sites in Broome County, including worksites, faith based organizations, and community agencies. There is a weekly support group with a trained facilitator that incorporates the National Diabetes Education Program: "Small Steps, Big Rewards" strategies related to improved nutrition and increased physical activity to initiate and reinforce lifestyle changes. For more information contact: 607.778.2411. [ Mission Meltaway Sites 2005 ]

Tobacco Systems ChangeTobacco Systems Change will provide training and brief intervention strategies for smoking cessation through the University of Pittsburgh International Smoking Cessation Specialist Program for health care professionals. This training will enable healthcare professionals to easily move patients through the smoking cessation stages of change model one visit at a time until patients are quit for good. This one-day, six-hour training will be held at St. Patrick's Church in Whitney Point on September 10, 2004. Participants will leave with the tools to implement the brief cessation counseling skills in their own practices. For more information contact: 607.763.6060.

Diabetes Professional EducationDiabetes Professional Education provides an easy way for primary care physicians to receive continuing education credits through the Steps Lunch and Learn program. This program utilizes segments of the NYSDOH Diabetes Prevention and Control Program satellite broadcast, The Diabetes Epidemic: Preventing the Preventable and will be offered at primary care offices in Broome County. The purpose of the Lunch and Learn program's are to reinforce the recommended standards of care for persons living with diabetes, and screening recommendations for pre diabetes information on the DPP outcomes. The NDEP's "Small Steps, Big Rewards" Campaign materials and Health Care Provider Toolkit will also be utilized. For more information contact: 607.778.3929.


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