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Jefferson County Board of Health Honors 2017 Public Health Heroes

April 21, 2017

 

For Immediate Release
Contact: Department of Public Health
Karen Obermeyer, 360.385.9400

Pictured from Left to Right: Amanda Milholland- Jefferson County Farmers Market, Brett Payseno- Safeway, Teresa Hoffmann- Port Townsend Athletic Club, Laura Hulsey- QFC, Vicki Kirkpatrick – Jefferson County Public Health, Sarah Grai- YMCA, Linda Atkins- Jefferson County Public Health.



Jefferson County Board of Health Honors 2017 Public Health Heroes
Jefferson County Farmers Market, Safeway, Teresa Hoffmann of the Port Townsend Athletic Club, QFC, Olympic Peninsula YMCA, Linda Atkins, The Food Co-op



Port Townsend --In celebration of National Public Health Month 2017, and in recognition of their efforts to promote community health, Jefferson County Public Health is proud to announce its 2017 Public Health Heroes.  Based on this 2017 theme, “Healthiest Nation 2030: Create the Healthiest Nation in one Generation.” the Board of Health honored seven recipients at its April Board of Health meeting.

Teresa Hoffmann of the Port Townsend Athletic Club was honored with the Community Health Promotion award for her work welcoming and motivating people of all fitness levels to be  physically active in their daily lives. Teresa shares her knowledge , passion and certifications to get people moving. Additionally, Teresa volunteers to support high school sports teams through the SOS foundation that raises funds and increases awareness about  scholarships for youth. She also runs senior seminars on Living well with chronic conditions.

Local food retailers received the Business Merit award for promoting healthful food choices in the retail setting. The Food Co-op is honored for it’s ABC Club policy that encourages parents to help children make  healthful choices in the retail food setting, by offering children membership into the club  which entitles them to a free apple , banana, or carrot while shopping. QFC is honored for it’s “Healthy Kids Snack” policy that encourages parents to help children make  healthful choices in the retail food setting, by offering them a free apple , banana, or orange while shopping. These policies helps create an environment that increases consumption of fruits and vegetable for youth by making it easy to make healthy food choices.

Safeway’s “Fruit & Vegetable Prescription” program offers eligible SNAP (Food Stamps) participants prescriptions for fruits and vegetables. These prescriptions come in the form of $10 off voucher for fruit and vegetables when using SNAP benefits (Food Stamps) at Safeway. Participant can receive these vouchers when they participate in the YMCA Empowering Women for Wellness program. This program increases the amounts of fruits and vegetables that low income families take home to their dinner tables.
 
The YMCA is honored for the Fruit and Vegetable Prescription partnership with Safeway. The partnership includes YMCA delivering Empowering Women for Wellness classes that include 30 minutes of walking and an hour of lessons on nutrition, menu planning, and cooking tips. New recipes are taste tested, relationships are formed among mothers, and regular physical activity is fostered through these weekly classes. Eligible participants receive prescription vouchers for fruit and vegetable to be used at Safeway. This is a joint project with Safeway and the YMCA and it originated from a grant written by Jefferson Healthcare’s Dr. Molly Parker.

The Jefferson County Farmers Market (JCFM) and Amanda Milholland received special recognition for identifying the struggle low income families have affording  fresh produce and then working toward a resolution. The Gimme5 and Fresh Bucks are programs that incentivize low income shoppers to buy fresh produce at the local farmers markets. Gimme5 and Fresh Bucks encourage WIC and SNAP participants to use their EBT cards or WIC/Senior Farmers Market checks to buy produce at the farmers market by offering matching funds, leveraging their WIC or SNAP benefits and increasing their buying power, resulting in increased affordability of fruits and vegetables. .

Programs that increase daily consumption of fruits and vegetables and daily physical activity work to move us closer to achieving Jefferson County  chronic disease prevention goals.

Also receiving special recognition is Linda Atkins, JCPH On-site sewage/Operation and Maintenance Inspections programs . Linda is a knowledgeable and passionate public servant who works tirelessly to protect people’s health by protecting and ensuring the operational safety of  on-site septic systems.  Linda is a tireless protector of our health, making tough decisions while balancing the needs of homeowners with the requirements of the state and local regulatory framework in order to protect citizens and our valuable water resources .

“I really appreciate what these Public Health Heroes do, because it takes  the efforts of many different individuals and organizations to improve the health of the entire community.,” said Vicki Kirkpatrick, Director of Jefferson County Public Health. “It is especially important, in this time of change, to have people who really care and really work to set priorities that will have positive impacts on the future health of Jefferson County.”

About National Public Health Week
National Public Health Week, held each  April, brings to light important  contributions made by the field of public health. This year’s vision, to create the healthiest nation in one generation, focuses on transforming the way our country approaches health, with greater attention placed on prevention and wellness. More information, as well as a helpful Healthiest Nation 2030 Partner Toolkit, can be found at http://www.nphw.org/tools-and-tips/toolkit.



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