Fayette earns Healthy Ohio award 9.17

Written by David Green.

Another year, another health award.

Fayette made it two years in a row for health-related program recognition.

Through efforts coordinated by the Fulton County Health Department, the village earned a bronze award last year through the Healthy Ohioans Park and Recreation Community Awards program.

This year it’s a gold award through the Healthy Community program of Healthy Ohio.

Gold awards were presented to 14 communities across the state. Two were presented to counties, 10 went to cities and only two were awarded to villages.

The Healthy Community Award recognizes the outstanding achievements of towns that implement health-related policies and activities, explained Audra Roesti of the Fulton County Health Department. The award program seeks to honor healthy community environments that encourage employees and residents to make healthy choices.

Healthy Ohio goals focus on increased physical activity, improved nutrition and the prevention of tobacco use.

Community activities are rated and points assigned. Communities scored at least 90 points earned gold awards.

Fayette’s projects included the Movin’ Mondays walking program, the Fayette Focus monthly brochure about health topics, the children’s garden, a media campaign in which messages were presented on the Village Green, the GOLD Plate restaurant program (Greater Options in Low-Fay Dining) and the Fayette School Wellness Team.

In addition, two programs were used in area churches: “Go Red for Women,” a national movement founded by the American Heart Association; and “Stroke Sunday,” a stroke awareness month that uses the acronym FAST (Face—does the face look uneven? Arm—Ask them to raise there arms, do they drift back down?Speech—Does their speech sound strange? Time—act fast, every second brain cells die.

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