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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 19, 2006

Center for Healthy Communities gives Thanks and Recognition to
Two Community Health Programs

DAYTON, OHIO--The efforts of two local health promotion programs will be recognized during the 14th Annual Meeting of the Center for Healthy Communities (CHC). The awards will be presented on June 21 at 10:30 a.m. at the Dayton Cultural Center. The awards recognize community-based health promotion programs that serve the citizens of the Greater Dayton area. To be eligible, programs must have been developed and implemented by two or more groups or organizations.

The established program award will go to "Healthfest," a collaborative program led by the Cancer Prevention Institute and the Life Enrichment Center. The Cancer Prevention Institute's outreach was developed to reach the medically underserved and reduce barriers to cancer prevention and screening. Located on the east side of Dayton, the Life Enrichment Center is a faith based, non-profit organization developed to provide families in need with necessary social services. The Healthfest has become a semi-annual health fair, which includes mammograms, PSA blood testing, and health screenings, as well as patient education programs.

The new program award goes to "Feeding the Children," at Community Action Partnership of the Greater Dayton Area, which includes Sinclair Community College, St. Vincent Supportive Housing, faith-based organizations, and others. This program teaches people how to prepare low-cost, nutritious meals to counteract the poor diets consumed by many Americans, who eat too much fat, sugar, and salt. Individuals living in poverty are at risk of inadequate nutrition and growing rates of chronic diseases beginning in childhood.

"These awards recognize the amount of work, organization, and collaboration that local partners put toward serving the people of this area," says Kate Cauley, Ph.D., director, Center for Healthy Communities. "Although two programs were chosen for recognition this year, many programs have been developed over the years which have become established health resources for our communities."

The Center for Healthy Communities is a local partnership that was developed to ensure healthy lives by: developing strong partnerships and expanding existing ones among the community, educators and providers; educating students and providers to improve healthcare service delivery; and, support and encourage community advocacy and programs that empower community members to become active participants in improving their own health and the health of the community. The annual meeting will also share highlights and accomplishments of the center and include a poster session highlighting the work of multiple health and human services organizations throughout the community.

For more information about the meeting, call 775-1114.