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NEWS RELEASES

RAND to evaluate Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge, identify ways to expand public health innovations (April 2017)

Fifty Cities and Counties Accept Challenge to Improve Community Health (Sept. 16, 2016)

Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge to Offer $1.5 Million in Prizes (April 4, 2016)

LATEST NEWS COVERAGE

DESIGNING HEALTHY COMMUNITIES REQUIRES COLLABORATION
U.S. News & World Report

As the prevalence of chronic diseases soars and a shrinking number of Americans get enough physical activity every day, city planners and public health officials are collaborating to design healthier communities. The public health effects of urban design have become increasingly apparent over the past decade. Years can be shaved off – or added to – a person's life expectancy depending on his or her ZIP code. Neighborhoods with lower income and education levels often lack sufficient green space, sidewalks, bike routes and adequate housing, contributing to lower physical activity levels and higher rates of chronic diseases such as obesity and heart disease.

RIO RANCHO STUDENTS BECOME HEALTH AMBASSADORS THROUGH NEW INITIATIVE
KRQE News 13

A new program is being implemented in elementary schools throughout one local district that’s turning kids into health ambassadors. It’s called 10×10 or “10 Things Every Kid Should Know by the Age of 10.” An interactive and colorful booklet is designed to give kids a guide for safe and healthy behavior.

THURSTON COUNTY MAKES BEING ACTIVE EASY WITH ABUNDANT WALKING AREAS
Thurston Talk

As the year tilts toward the winter months, people spend more time indoors together, and we need simple ways to stay healthy. In addition to making sure immunizations are up to date, think about ways your family can get physical activity (30 minutes a day for adults; 60 minutes for kids) and maintain your health. Walking is the most common form of moderate physical activity. It can be done from home, work or even to school – places where you can find a ready walking partner at just about any time. We’re fortunate in Thurston County to have an abundance of walking opportunities in local parks, as well as the region’s trail system, the city centers around the county, and often our own neighborhoods.

CHESTER COUNTY COMPLETES CHALLENGE OF WALKING ONE BILLION STEPS
Daily Local News

The Chester County Commissioners and Health Department threw down the gauntlet and Chester County residents “stepped up” to the challenge – walking one billion steps before the end of 2017. In April of this year, during National Public Health Week, Chester County launched WalkWorks ChesCo!, the challenge to walk one billion steps. County residents embraced the challenge and recorded more than a billion steps in just six months – three months earlier than the challenge deadline.

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