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Health Commissioner Collaborates with Local Businesses for Health-Conscious Events

Putnam County Health Commissioner Allen Beals, MD, spearheaded the efforts of his department to reach out to the business community at the Putnam Business Expo. The event was held at Putnam Hospital Center. 

Dr. Beals was promoting three new initiatives of the PCDOH—the Workplace Wellness Pilot program, the Run 4 Your Life event on September 7, and the Eat Smart Restaurant Week. 

The Workplace Wellness Program offers lunchtime presentations, health and wellness displays, employee blood pressure screenings, flu vaccines, exercise and smoking cessation programs.

The first annual Run 4 Your Life is a 5K that takes place on Sunday, September 7, 2014. It is three events of various distances organized by the Putnam County Department of Health (PCDOH). A 5 kilometer (3.1 miles) race starts at 10 a.m., followed by a 1 mile walk and a kids’ half-mile fun run. 

The events start and finish by the main PCDOH office at One Geneva Road in Brewster, and will be held rain or shine. The first 125 runners or walkers to register will receive a performance t-shirt, a commemorative 16-ounce race glass and a one-month membership at New York Sports Club. 

Awards will be given in the following categories: First overall male and female and top three in each age category. Commemorative medals will be given to all walkers and kids’ fun run finishers. 

To register please visit  www.putnamcountyny.gov/health

Eat Smart Restaurant Week is a collaboration with various Putnam food establishments with the goal of healthy eating while supporting local businesses. The event will run from September 7 through 21.

The Health Department’s mission is to improve and protect the health of the Putnam County community, composed of nearly 100,000 residents. Core services include community health assessment, disease surveillance and control, environmental health protection, family health promotion and health education. 

For more information, please visit our website atwww.putnamcountyny.com/health; or visit our social media sites on Facebook at www.facebook.com/putnamhealth and Twitter @PutnamHealthNY.

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