As part of the National Public Health Week celebration with the theme “Healthiest Nation in One Generation by 2030”, the Central Connecticut Health District is celebrating by highlighting local initiatives in the community that promote health and wellness.   These partners work tirelessly to serve the local communities and engage in creating an atmosphere to encourage residents to maintain active, healthy lifestyles.  Some of these initiatives include the following:

Berlin: UpBeat Program

The Berlin Upbeat program is the school district’s drug and alcohol prevention program, overseen by Alice Mitchell.  This program is a comprehensive school and community-based character development and leadership training for program for students.  Upbeat encourages the entire community to live up to the standard of saying “no” to drugs and alcohol and teaches students what to do after the “no” happens, creating an atmosphere and attitude of wellness for the next generation of students.

Newington:  Eversource

Eversource, formerly known as Connecticut Light and Power, offers a comprehensive health enhancement program called “WellAware” to all employees and their spouses.  These programs are designed to encourage participants and their families to adopt and maintain healthy lifestyle habits.  Some of these programs include: health screenings, stress management, weight loss and online training programs on other health-related topics. 

Rocky Hill: Smoke-Free Initiative

In June 2013, the Rocky Hill Town Council proposed and adopted a motion to make all Rocky Hill municipal properties smoke-free, a decision that is still being enforced today.  This policy has been maintained during the summer concerts since its adoption and these efforts have influenced other towns to jump on board. Rocky Hill’s efforts to stop smoking on town property has had a lasting effect on the community and created a ripple effect in other communities.  Since then, towns such as Colchester, Columbia, Guilford, Groton, Montville, Wallingford and most recently, Southington, have all followed suit. 

Wethersfield:  95210 Program

Webb Elementary School in Wethersfield recently partnered with the Tri-Town YMCA to implement the 95210 program.  This program was created by Team Wellness Challenge in Tallahassee, Florida to create more awareness of the importance of health.  95210 stands for 9 hours of sleep,  5 fruits and vegetables, 2 hours or less of screen time daily, at least 1 hour per day of physical activity and 0 sodas or sugary drinks.  This is a national initiative that has taken off to help families and employees to create healthy habits and live a healthier lifestyle.  Due to great success with the program pilot during the afterschool program in the 2013-2014 school years, officials thought it would be ideal to officially kickoff the program with the Kindergarten students.  The goal of working with this population of students is to grow with these children as they advance through school and become active and healthy. 

In an effort to promote health and wellness to all four District towns of Berlin, Newington, Rocky Hill and Wethersfield, the Central Connecticut Health District is hosting a six-week walking competition for the employees of each town.  The goal of this competition is to encourage town leaders and community members to embrace physical activity and health in whatever way works best for them.  

For more information on National Public Health Week and the Health District initiatives, please contact the Central Connecticut Health District by visiting www.ccthd.org or by finding us and clicking “like” on Facebook.