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Herkimer County HealthNet’s Creating Healthy Places Facebook Page Ranks 3rd in NY State


May 7, 2012

HERKIMER – Herkimer County HealthNet is pleased to announce that its Creating Healthy Places to Live Work, and Play Facebook page is ranked third among the Creating Healthy Places to Live, Work, and Play contractors in NY State. The page has received 185 LIKES since June, 2011 while Healthikids of Rochester has 733 LIKES and St. Lawrence County Health Initiative, Inc. has 323. This was reported at the May 2nd Statewide Creating Healthy Places Contractors’ Meeting held in Albany hosted by the New York State Department of Health.


Thomas Curnow, Executive Director of Herkimer County HealthNet said, “Besides our Twitter page @hchealthnet, we decided that investing more time and effort in social media would allow us to reach a new audience, but also stay cost conscious. We are surprised to learn that 24% of our LIKES are between the ages of 35-44, which is much higher than the age group of 18-24. This gives us a benchmark to focus our efforts.”

The Creating Healthy Places to Live, Work and Play grant is funded by the New York State Department of Health and was granted to 38 of the 62 counties through 2015. Locally, the grant is administered by Herkimer County HealthNet. In an effort to save money in regard to health care costs and productivity losses, Herkimer County HealthNet along with other organizations throughout New York State are working to prevent obesity and type 2 diabetes by making it easier to be physically active and making healthier food choices.


For more information about Herkimer County HealthNet, LIKE them on Facebook by linking to, follow them on Twitter @hchealthnet, check out their website, or call them at (315) 867-1499.


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, (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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