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Greenway can improve health and reduce disparities, impact study finds
Among the more than 16,000 miles of trails in New York State, the Genesee Valley Greenway State Park—a 90-mile corridor spanning from Rochester to almost the Pennsylvania border—is one of the longest, most scenic stretches. It is a natural resource perfect for hiking, walking, biking and other physical activities that research shows can help lower rates of obesity, high blood pressure, stroke and cancer.
And it has tremendous potential for encouraging more people to improve their health, according to a new Health Impact Assessment of the Greenway from Common Ground Health and the Genesee Transportation Council. Read more.
The survey has been shared at libraries, festivals, clinics, workplaces, churches and via social media, among other places. More responses are needed to identify barriers to optimal health, and answers are confidential. Respondents can enter for a chance to win a $500 gift card. If you haven’t participated, please take the survey and share it with others. Read the Democrat and Chronicle's front page story here.
Foodlink's Curbside Market
“There are some people who say they wouldn’t be eating healthy if it wasn’t for Curbside," says Matt DeLaus, a driver for Foodlink's Curbside Market.
In 2013, Foodlink started its mobile market as a way to give people living in communities without traditional grocery stores access to fresh, affordable fruits and vegetables. Curbside now has three trucks serving 85 different locations in six different counties, many of them all year long.
"It's pretty important we be on time each week so that people can trust that we’re going to be there consistently,” says DeLaus. Read on.
Eight reasons to stay focused on high blood pressure
Analysis of data from the high blood pressure registry and other sources shows that hypertension continues to be a leading driver of premature mortality across Rochester and the Finger Lakes region. As this data graphic shows, African Americans are particularly vulnerable to the chronic illness, experiencing premature morality rates from hypertension-related illnesses that are three times higher than for whites.
The good news is that the region's many clinical and community hypertension initiatives have led to double digit improvementsin high blood pressure control rates and other measures over recent years.
Practice staff from across New York are invited to join us in a webinar at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 31 for Addressing Hypertension - 2017 Guidelines: Evidence Based Team Strategies for Care Plan Development and Adherence. Review how to apply the 2017 ACC/AHA Blood Pressure Guidelines to classify, evaluate, and formulate a treatment plan using a case example. Register here.
Hundreds of kids played July 21 during Healthi Kids' third annual PlayROCs Your Neighborhood at 32 sites across the City of Rochester. The event raises awareness of the importance of safe and accessible play spaces for all kids. Read news coverage here and here, and view a photo gallery of some sites here.