September 2017 Newsletter
Each month, Get Healthy CT develops a newsletter that contains information about upcoming local healthy eating and physical activity events. Our monthly newsletter also contains links to our monthly resources such as our Monthly Health Features, Workplace Wellness Ideas and Daycare Wellness Features.
GHCT News for September
- 12 Healthy Recipes: Every month, GHCT features a healthy recipe in our Monthly Health Feature. Over the past year, these recipes have all been contributed by a local chef, Raquel Rivera-Pablo from A Pinch of Salt, LLC. Chef Raquel is passionate about educating youth groups, families, seniors and communities on the importance of healthy cooking, understanding nutritional information, stretching food dollars and utilizing farmers’ markets and community gardens. Click here to download and print 12 of her healthy and delicious recipes and be sure to check our Monthly Health Features each month for even more of Chef Raquel’s creations.
- National Healthy Lunch Day is September 19: Join the American Diabetes Association’s annual National Healthy Lunch Day on September 19. This is the perfect opportunity for companies, organizations and communities to highlight their commitment to promoting good nutrition as part of a healthy lifestyle counter rising rates of type 2 diabetes and obesity-related illnesses. Be a part of this movement to help people make better food choices on September 19, and every day. Click here to download the free e-toolkit today, which includes:
- Sample e-newsletter and email content
- Customizable posters
- Social media messages and images
- Tip sheets and infographics to share
- Delicious and healthy lunch recipes
- Follow us on Twitter: Get Healthy CT is now on Twitter. Click here to follow us for even more healthy living tips, recipes, upcoming events and more.
Greater Bridgeport Region Events for September
- Fresh Connections (Stratford/Bridgeport): Get your fresh produce from Fresh Connections all year long. This program, offered by Life Bridge Community Services, is a cost-effective approach to providing residents with fresh produce and offers participants the opportunity to purchase a box of fresh fruits and vegetables twice a month or the ability to shop for individual items from the “pop-up” stand. Anyone can purchase 10 to 12 pounds of produce for $10 or 20 to 25 pounds for $20 at any of their locations in Stratford or Bridgeport. Pop-up items will vary in price. SNAP accepted. Click here for more information.
- A Pinch of Salt: Restaurant Edition (Bridgeport): A Pinch of Salt: The Restaurant Edition is a culinary training pilot and is voluntarily executed by Chef Raquel Rivera-Pablo to support aspiring chefs achieve their culinary goals. The 12-week culinary course is at no cost to students and each week an aspiring chef will lead their classmates through the preparation of a menu item they would like to feature at their future food business. Guests may join the class for the day for $25 per person and will have the opportunity to participate in the preparation of the meal. Guests will enjoy earning new culinary techniques as well as provide invaluable feedback to the aspiring chef regarding the meal of the day. The long-term goal this program is to create community networks that will support future local Bridgeport-based food business and all proceeds will be invested back into the program. Email Raquel@apinchofsalt.com or click here for more information.
- Local Food, Local Places (Bridgeport): The Bridgeport Food Policy Council and the Bridgeport Farmers Market Collaborative invite you to attend “Local Food, Local Places” on Thursday and Friday, September 7-8. This 1.5-day workshop will focus on how to use the local food system as a catalyst to strengthen our economy, support healthier people and neighborhoods, and revitalize our city. You will also be able to hear about all the great work that is already making a significant local impact and help in laying out a vision and goals for our community. The outcome of the workshop will be an action plan that attendees agree to move forward under the leadership of the Food Policy Council and Farmers Market Collaborative.
- Two Sessions: Thursday, September 7 from 6:00 PM-8:30 PM at the B:Hive in downtown Bridgeport and Friday, September 8 from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM at Burroughs Community Center in the Black Rock neighborhood. If you can only make it to one event, it is suggested that you attend on Thursday evening, which will be an open community discussion about vision, values, and goals for this work. Friday will be working sessions to discuss strategies and action steps to achieve those goals.
- Register: Contact Rachel Zanfardino at (203) 227-5320 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or click here to fill out the online form.
- Free Prostate Cancer Screening (Bridgeport): Join Yale New Haven Health and the Yale Cancer Center on Thursday, September 14 from 4:00 PM-7:00 PM for a free prostate cancer screening at the MedEase Unit at Bridgeport Hospital, located at 267 Grant Street. Men at risk for prostate cancer include men between the ages of 55-69. Those with an increased risk are African-American men over age 40 and men over 40 with a family history of the disease. To register, call (888) 357-2396 or click here to register online or for more information.
Greater Greenwich Region Events for September
- Taking Medication Properly (Greenwich): 60% of Americans take prescription drugs, and 125,000 Americans die each year due to medication non-compliance. Join this free educational seminar to learn about how to take a newly prescribed medication, common drug reactions and side effects and general medication guidelines on Thursday, September 7 at 10:30 AM at the Greenwich Senior Center, located at 299 Greenwich Avenue. Click here for more information.
- Prostate Cancer Screening (Greenwich): Join Greenwich Hospital on Thursday, September 7 from 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM for a prostate cancer screening at 5 Perryridge Road in the Outpatient Lab on the Ground Floor. This screening will include a blood draw. Men ages 40 – 75 years of age who have not had a prostrate screening in the last 12 months and have never had prostate cancer are encouraged to register and attend. Click here for more information.
- Heart Health Education (Greenwich): Join Greenwich Hospital on Tuesday, September 12 from 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM for Heart Health Education at the Noble Conference Room, located at 5 Perryridge Road in Greenwich. This session will provide information on heart health and will focus on topics like angioplasty, cardiac cauterization, pacemaker and valve repair. All are invited to attend. Click here for more information.
Greater New Haven Region Events for September
- Get Healthy Walk ‘n Talk (New Haven): Join and chat with local physicians from Yale New Haven while getting healthy and taking a walk every Saturday through September at 9:00 AM. Everyone is welcome to attend; there is public transportation, and parking available at New Freedom Missionary Baptist Church, located at 280 Starr Street in New Haven. Walks last about an hour and you are encouraged to walk at your own pace. Click here for more information.
- American Heart Association-Free Hands-Only CPR Training (New Haven): Register today for this 30-minute training on Hands-Only CPR on Monday, September 11 from 10:00 AM-2:00 PM at East Shore Park, located at 337 Woodward Avenue in New Haven. Not only will you learn a skill that can save lives, this event will also feature music and fun for the entire family. Click here for more information.
- Free Prostate Cancer Screening (New Haven): Join Yale New Haven Health and the Yale Cancer Center on Thursday, September 14 from 5:00 PM-7:30 PM for a free prostate cancer screening at Yale New Haven Hospital, located at 330 Orchard Street, Suite 164, in New Haven. Men at risk for prostate cancer include men between the ages of 55-69. Those with an increased risk are African-American men over age 40 and men over 40 with a family history of the disease. To register, call (888) 700-6543 or click here to register online or for more information.
- 26th Annual Sickle Cell Disease 5K Walkathon (New Haven): Bring your RED umbrella and join this fun filled family day on Saturday, September 16. Registration will begin at 8:00 AM, with the walk kickoff starting at 9:00 AM. Stick around for the post walk celebration which will begin at 11:00 AM. This event is rain or shine and will also feature lunch, raffle prizes and entertainment. For more information, call Delores Williams at (203) 385-2253 or click here for more details.
- Healthy Walk ‘n Talk (North Haven): Join the Quinnipiack Valley Health District for their first Healthy Walk ‘n Talk on Saturday, September 16 from 9:30 AM-10:30 AM at the Quinnipiac River State Park, located at 10 Banton Street in North Haven. Inspired by the recent Get Healthy Walk ‘n Talk series taking place in other locations, this walk will feature a healthy walk with the opportunity to interact with local healthcare professionals. Click here to register for the walk and click here for more information on this and additional upcoming walks being sponsored by the Quinnipiack Valley Health District.
- 4th Annual R.E.A.C.H. Out for Recovery (Milford): Register today for this fun-run and wellness walk by the sound, taking place on Saturday, September 30 from 5:00 PM-9:00 PM at the Walnut Beach Pavilion in Milford. The goal of the R.E.A.C.H. Out project is to raise awareness, reduce discrimination and provide recovery support and resources to communities in New Haven and Fairfield Counties. Click here for more information.
September Get Healthy CT Monthly Health Feature
- The Get Healthy CT Monthly Health Feature, located on our website, focuses on a different health topic each month and creates a packet which can be downloaded and printed online. Each packet of information contains simple healthy eating and physical activity tips. Most information is available in English and Spanish.
- Monthly Health Feature: Food Safety and Meal Planning
Information for Employers
- Get Healthy CT aims to provide businesses with ideas that will facilitate healthy behaviors for their employees to improve employee satisfaction, productivity and showcase the employer as a role model for health. To support this, GHCT has created 30+ Workplace Wellness Ideas that employers can implement at low or no cost.
- Click here to view our featured Workplace Wellness Idea #24: Healthy Food Donations and to download and print all 33 ideas.
Information for Daycare and Early Childhood Programs
- Get Healthy CT is happy to share our Monthly Daycare Wellness Feature. This packet of information is meant to provide useful, educational materials to daycare providers and parents. We aim to support early childcare and education centers to encourage healthy eating and physical activity among our youngest residents ages 0 to 5. Please share with local daycare center staff, children and parents.
- September Daycare Wellness Feature: Safe Sleep for Babies
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