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New website promotes healthy living in the North Country

— The Get Out & Live North Country website is launched by the Creating Healthy Places (CHP) contractors in Essex, Franklin & St. Lawrence counties.

The website is a portal for people to share their stories about why they like to walk and bike and inspire others to do the same.

Essex County Public Health - Creating Healthy Places (CHP) grant funded from NYS Department of Health supports creating, revitalizing and promoting places for people to be active as a strategy of preventing chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

Essex County Public Health, North Country Healthy Heart Network, and the St. Lawrence Health Initiative have been working on such strategies in the communities they serve for the past three years. Activities have included assisting communities in adopting complete streets policies, developing traffic calming projects, revitalizing trails and playgrounds and planning community projects.

“Our strategies focus on improving access, safety and convenience of public spaces like sidewalks, trails and playgrounds so all members of our communities have the opportunity to be more active,” said Meg Parker, the CHP Coordinator in Essex County. “Get Out & Live North Country promotes active living through stories. These stories on the getoutandlivenorthcountry.org site show that people walk and bike for a number of reasons – transportation, recreation, family time, enjoying the outdoors, de-stressing and staying healthy.”

Walking and biking may be critical to keeping a father off high blood pressure medication, helping a mother de-stress or a college student to get to a job. Being active is good for people, and beneficial for communities. Areas where people are walking and biking are more vibrant, attractive and economically sound.

Stop in at one of these upcoming community events where CHP staff will be collecting stories and sharing information about community projects:

Youth Farmers Markets - Saturdays in July to early August – Ticonderoga

Essex County Fair Aug. 2

Visit the getoutandlivenorthcountry.org website or Facebook page to view stories, get inspired and share your story/

Contact Meg Parker, CHP Coordinator in Essex County, at 873-3500 or visit the Public Health website to learn more about Creating Healthy Places impacts in your community.

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