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Herkimer County HealthNet Announces Incentive Awards for Herkimer County Municipalities


September 16, 2011


HERKIMER –Herkimer County municipalities can apply for Incentive Awards from Herkimer County HealthNet to support the efforts of the Creating Healthy Places to Live, Work, and Play grant initiative funded by the New York State Department of Health. Herkimer County HealthNet is offering four-$5,000 awards to be used for municipal projects that promote extracurricular physical activity, access to outdoor recreational facilities, areas that support bicycling and walking, and safety in areas where persons are or could be physically active. Projects that qualify should take place between the dates of April 1, 2011 and March 31, 2012.


The Creating Healthy Places grant’s purpose is to assist communities with infrastructure improvements that will decrease rates of childhood obesity and Type 2 Diabetes by increasing opportunities for physical activity for Herkimer County residents.


Recommended municipal improvement strategies and measures to help communities tackle the problem of obesity through environmental change and policies that promote physical activity include but are not limited to:
• Sidewalks and Sidewalk Improvements
• Lighting (promoting safety for pedestrians/cyclists)
• Signage (promoting pedestrian/bicycle safety)
• Crosswalks and Crosswalk Devices
• Bridge Construction (friendly for pedestrians/cyclists)
• Highway Improvements (friendly for pedestrians/cyclists)
• Parking Areas and Parking Area Improvements to promote pedestrian safety (adjacent to sidewalks, bicycle routes, trails and trail heads)

The deadline for submitting the grant applications is Friday, September 30, 2011. Applications are available by e-mailing Alison J. Swartz, or calling (315) 866-1499.


For more information about Creating Healthy Places to Live, Work and Play in Herkimer County, please visit
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, (315) 867-1499

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