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May 2, 2017

Jefferson County Board of Health Honors 2017 Public Health Heroes

In celebration of National Public Health Month 2017, and in recognition of their efforts to promote community health, Jefferson County Public Health is proud to announce its 2017 Public Health Heroes. Seven recipients were honored at the April Board of Health meeting.

Teresa Hoffmann of the Port Townsend Athletic Club was honored with the Community Health Promotion award for her work welcoming and motivating people of all fitness levels to be  physically active in their daily lives. Teresa shares her knowledge, passion and certifications to get people moving. Additionally, Teresa volunteers to support high school sports teams through the SOS foundation that raises funds and increases awareness about scholarships for youth. She also runs senior seminars on living well with chronic conditions.

Local food retailers received the Business Merit award for promoting healthful food choices in the retail setting. They are: The Food Co-op and QFC were honored for policies that encourage parents to help children make healthful choices in the retail food setting by providing them with fruit while shopping. These policies help create an environment that increases consumption of fruits and vegetable among youth.

Safeway’s “Fruit & Vegetable Prescription program offers eligible SNAP (Food Stamps) participants prescriptions for fruits and vegetables. These prescriptions come in the form of $10 off voucher for fruit and vegetables when using SNAP benefits (Food Stamps) at Safeway. Participant can receive these vouchers when they participate in the YMCA Empowering Women for Wellness program. This program increases the amounts of fruits and vegetables that low income families take home to their dinner tables.

The YMCA is honored for the Fruit and Vegetable Prescription partnership with Safeway. The partnership includes YMCA delivering Empowering Women for Wellness classes that include 30 minutes of walking and an hour of lessons on nutrition, menu planning, and cooking tips. New recipes are taste tested, relationships are formed among mothers, and regular physical activity is fostered through these weekly classes. Eligible participants receive prescription vouchers for fruit and vegetable to be used at Safeway. This is a joint project with Safeway and the YMCA and it originated from a grant written by Jefferson Healthcare’s Dr. Molly Parker.

The Jefferson County Farmers Market (JCFM) and Amanda Milholland received special recognition for identifying the struggle low income families have affording fresh produce and then working toward a resolution. The Gimme5 and Fresh Bucks are programs that encourage low income shoppers to buy fresh produce at the local farmers markets. Gimme5 and Fresh Bucks encourage WIC and SNAP participants to use their EBT cards or WIC/Senior Farmers Market checks to buy produce at the farmers market by offering matching funds, leveraging their WIC or SNAP benefits and increasing their buying power, resulting in increased affordability of fruits and vegetables. .

Programs that increase daily consumption of fruits and vegetables and daily physical activity work to move us closer to achieving JeffersonCounty chronic disease prevention goals.

Also receiving special recognition is Linda Atkins, JCPH On-site sewage/Operation and Maintenance Inspections programs. Linda is a knowledgeable and passionate public servant who works tirelessly to protect people’s health by protecting and ensuring the operational safety of on-site septic systems. Linda makes tough decisions while balancing the needs of homeowners with the requirements of the state and local regulatory framework.

 

April 4, 2017

Teen Artist Raises Funds for Dove House

Alora Remy is a teen with a conscience. The thirteen year-old Port Townsend native is donating 50 percent of her sales of paintings and crafts to Dove House. The art display is hung at Elevated Ice Cream in Port Townsend. It is on view through the month of April. Many are focused on natural subjects such as birds and fish and are produced with colored pencils or pastels.

 

March 29, 2017

CEA Sponsors a new Lecture Series

Community Enrichment Alliance (CEA) brings you “Memory and the Human Lifespan” a nine-week Great Course Lecture Series at the Bay Club starting on Wednesday, April 12 at 2:30 p.m. The first Wednesday in both May and June will start at 3:00 p.m., but all other weeks will start at 2:30 p.m. All nine sessions end at 5:00 p.m.

Fee for the series, which runs through June 7, is $10 ($15 for couples).
Registration/Information:  Call June at 360-302-1037 or email lajudemers@cablespeed.com

 

March 20, 2017

Online Community Produce Market Opens

On March 21, 2017 an online community marketplace for local, homegrown produce launched in Port Townsend. To access the market go to www.veggievinder.com. Users can list and discover delicious produce being grown in their own communities on this site.

The startup is bootstrapped by the founder and CEO, Sam Lillie, a group fitness instructor at the Port Townsend Athletic club. The idea was begun on foot and bicycle operation in July of 2016 for $18.56. Within the first three months, over 300 pounds of produce was exchanged between community members.

The vender aims to strengthen communities across the nation, both economically and nutritionally by promoting a transparent, sustainable agricultural system and making it accessible to people everywhere.