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Herkimer County HealthNet Recognition Luncheon a Success


March 5, 2012


ILION – On Friday, March 2nd, 2012, over 75 attendees of the inaugural Creating Healthy Places Luncheon recognized child care facilities, farmers’ markets, municipalities, and non-profit organizations for their efforts in improving parks, playgrounds and trails; developing healthier child care/day care programs; fostering healthy eating; and enhancing places to exercise. The event was held at Francesca’s Banquets and Catering, Ilion, NY.


The format of the event was a social meet and greet followed by an awards ceremony.


Thomas Curnow, Executive Director of Herkimer County HealthNet welcomed attendees and stated that HealthNet was awarded the Creating Healthy Places to Live, Work, and Play grant from the NY State Department of Health last year. The purpose of the grant is to support environmental and population-wide efforts that accelerate improvements in individual health behaviors and outcomes. These efforts are supposed to increase physical activity and reduce sedentary behavior while increasing access to and consumption of healthy foods.

Alison Swartz, Herkimer County HealthNet’s Creating Healthy Places Grant Coordinator and planner for the Creating Healthy Places Recognition Event served as emcee for the ceremony and stated that the event marked Herkimer County’s first milestone for meeting some of their strategic goals for Creating Healthy Places in the county.

Jill Turner, Creating Healthy Places Grant Educator for Cornell Cooperative Extension, Herkimer County described working with Herkimer County Farmers’ Markets and Herkimer County food producers over the course of the year and the impact this grant has had on the their programs.





Both Jill Turner and Thomas Curnow presented the awards to the Creating Healthy Places recipients. Assemblyman Marc Butler and Marty Smith from Senator James Seward’s Office also provided certificates.


Two Raleigh Venture comfort bicycles from Dick’s Wheel Shop were given away to two lucky individuals; Regina Giacovelli of Frankfort and Lauri Unser of Little Falls.

Herkimer County HealthNet’s mission is to improve the health and well-being of individuals who live, work, play, and learn in Herkimer County.


CONTACT: Thomas Curnow, Executive Director, Herkimer County HealthNet, (315) 867-1552 or
Alison J. Swartz, Coordinator of Creating Healthy Places grant initiative, (315) 867-1499

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The HCHN has been in existence since 1990. Its membership has continuously expanded and has served as an effective forum for Herkimer County providers to identify, discuss, and resolve health and social service issues and concerns. As a direct result of grants by the New York State Department of Health: Office of Rural Health, the Network significantly increased levels of coordination and collaboration among health and social service providers.

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