News Release


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William R. Steinhaus
Dutchess County Executive
Telephone:  (845) 486-2000
, FAX: (845) 486-2021,

May 31, 2001


Healthy Heart Program Announced by County Executive

Poughkeepsie... Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus has signed an agreement for this year’s portion of a State grant for $57,000 received by the Dutchess County Department of Health for the Healthy Heart Program.Steinhaus said the grant will be used specifically to reduce the risk factors of cardiovascular diseases at twelve designated worksites in the Dutchess/Putnam area. St. Francis Hospital of Poughkeepsie has been recruited to administer the program as a subcontractor.

County Executive Steinhaus noted, “The purpose of the grant is to work with and encourage employers to implement environmental and policy changes that will address issues of nutrition, physical activity and other cardiovascular disease risk factors.  This is an excellent opportunity to improve employee health and morale and increase productivity, as well as reduce the chances of employee injury and illness. Since a good portion of our day is spent at the workplace, the Healthy Heart Program recognizes the opportunity to enlist employers as advocates to increase employee awareness and contribute to a healthier workforce.”

Based on certain stipulated criteria, fifty worksites chosen from a list supplied by the State Department of Health will be identified and surveyed.  From the results of the survey, twelve worksites will be chosen, based on their need and readiness to participate in the program. Wellness Committees, consisting of management and employees from all levels, will be

established to develop, coordinate and implement suitable activities geared to employee needs and the available infrastructure at the worksite.

“The goal is to have maximum employee participation in these activities,” said the County Executive.  “Even small changes, such as adding ‘heart-healthy’ snacks to vending machines and increasing physical activity during the day can make a difference in our health.  Hopefully, active participation on the Wellness Committees will increase employee enthusiasm and awareness and contribute to the success of the program.”


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