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2018

  • LAKE COUNTY GENERAL HEALTH DISTRICT LAUNCHES THE FOOD SAFETY NINJA May 21, 2018NEWS RELEASE                                                                                                                                             CONTACT:  Cady Stromp (440) 350-2835 May 21, 2018                                                                                                                                                 LAKE COUNTY GENERAL HEALTH DISTRICTLAKE COUNTY GENERAL HEALTH DISTRICT LAUNCHES THE FOOD SAFETY NINJA          Lake County General Health District (LCGHD) is pleased to announce the official release of its Food Safety Ninja program on May 28, 2018. The Food Safety Ninja program is an educational tool for the food service industry that is funded through a grant from the United States Food and Drug Administration. The program also has a data collection feature that will provide public health officials with information to determine the program’s impact on food safety. Information gathered will serve as baseline data on the implementation of food safety improvement strategies for the Lake County Community Health Survey that will take place in 2020.In order to create the program, LCGHD turned to the students of the Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA). CIA students designed the Food Safety Ninja characters and materials, including animated videos, folders, posters, stickers, and magnets that will be distributed to food service industry staff. “The collaboration of LCGHD sanitarians and CIA staff and students provided a combination of food safety knowledge and art and design expertise to make an effective food safety tool,” commented Environmental Health Director Dan Lark.To preview the Food Safety Ninja program, visit foodsafetyninja.org. For more information on the program, please call Cady Stromp at (440) 350-2835 or email cstromp@lcghd.org. ###

  • LAKE COUNTY KICKS OFF LOCAL CLICK IT OR TICKET CAMPAIGN ON MAY 24, 2018 May 18, 2018PRESS RELEASE                                                                                       CONTACT: Haley Russo (440) 350-2844May 15, 2018                                                                                                 LAKE COUNTY GENERAL HEALTH DISTRICTLAKE COUNTY KICKS OFF LOCAL CLICK IT OR TICKET CAMPAIGN ON MAY 24, 2018The Lake County Safe Communities Coalition, in collaboration with the Painesville Farmers Market and law enforcement partners, will hold its local Click It or Ticket Campaign Kickoff on Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. at Veterans Park, 1 Liberty Street in Painesville. The presentation will take place right in front of the gazebo. “Currently, Lake County has seen three traffic fatalities in 2018. Two of them involved persons who were not wearing seatbelts. The point of the Click It or Ticket Campaign is to raise awareness about the importance of seat belt usage. Many know the dangers of riding without using a seatbelt, but still choose to do so,” said Haley Russo, the Lake County Safe Communities Coalition Coordinator.Speakers at the Kickoff include Lieutenant Lawrence Roberts of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Sergeant Larry Armstrong of Painesville City Police Department, and Sheriff Daniel Dunlap or a representative from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.Click It or Ticket is a national enforcement mobilization that will be taking place across the country from May 21 to June 3, 2018. The Click It or Ticket program began in North Carolina in 1993, which later expanded to include eight states in a regional campaign in 2001. Ohio became involved in a national pilot program in 2002. As of 2004, all states and United States territories participate in Click It or Ticket annually. The mobilization is supported by national and local paid advertising and earned media campaigns aimed at raising awareness. The primary audience for the campaign continues to be men ages 18 to 34, as research shows they are less likely to wear seat belts.In addition to the presentation, Lake County Safe Communities Coalition will be hosting a booth at the Farmers Market, engaging shoppers with the Seatbelt Safety Prize Wheel and the “Drunk and Impaired Goggles.” There will be several booths with fresh fruits and vegetables at the Farmers Market, as well as different vendors that include Paps Kettle Korn, Drizzled Dipped & Dunked, Joyce’s Doggy& Cat Treats, BackAttack Almonds and food trucks from all over Lake County. All news media, public officials and the general public are invited to attend. ###

  • BOY SCOUTS ‘DO SOMETHING’ TO RAISE TOBACCO AWARENESS April 24, 2018PRESS RELEASE                                                                                                                                       CONTACT:  Cathy Hewitt (440) 350-2442 April 24, 2018                                                                                                                                            LAKE COUNTY GENERAL HEALTH DISTRICTBOY SCOUTS ‘DO SOMETHING’ TO RAISE TOBACCO AWARENESS Boy Scouts of America- Troop 383 of Headwaters District perform clean-ups of local public areas as part of their public service, but their latest project had an additional focus. On April 12, 2018 the Boy Scout Troop 383 of Headwaters District, was educated on the hazards that tobacco product waste pose to the environment. In addition to the large amount of trash collected, the troop also focused on cleaning up tobacco product waste, such as cigarette butts and containers, throughout the Mentor Civic Center area in Mentor, Ohio. Tobacco product waste was mostly found near the playground, street and grassy curb. The Boy Scout Troop had been approached by the Lake Geauga Ashtabula Tobacco Prevention Coalition (LGATPC) to focus on tobacco product waste as a way to raise awareness of how widespread the problem is and gather data in support of the Coalition’s goal of encouraging government officials and businesses to adopt tobacco-free environmental policies.‘Do Something’ is a campaign by the Truth Initiative in Washington DC to ‘Get the Filter Out’ of the environment and cleanup tobacco product waste that is littered. “What people are not aware of is the toxic harm these tobacco waste products have on our environment,” stated Cathy Hewitt, Health Educator with the Lake County General Health District and member of LGATPC. According to Hewitt, 4.95 trillion cigarette butts are thrown away each year and account for 30% of the total waste on shore lines in the United States. Tobacco waste does not quickly break down in the environment, pollutes our water supply, creates a fire hazard, impacts wildlife, and contributes to lost tourism and revenue. It also hurts land and water animals when they mistake tobacco waste as food.“The LGATPC would like to thank Boy Scouts of America- Troop 383 of Headwaters District and the Lake Erie Council, as these types of projects support us in helping organizations adopt tobacco-free policies.” According to surveys conducted by LGATPC, 55% of Lake County residents strongly agreed that parks, playgrounds, outdoor sports facilities, beaches, and fairgrounds should be tobacco-free environments, while 61% of Lake County residents felt that tobacco use of any kind should not be allowed in outdoor public spaces. Lake County General Health District has recently assisted Fairport Harbor Exempted Village School District and Lake County Metroparks to adopt 100% tobacco-free policies.LGATPC offers assistance to all Ashtabula, Geauga, and Lake county organizations who would like to go tobacco-free. Individuals are also encouraged to, “Support 100% tobacco-free environmental policies at schools and colleges, work with area businesses to support 100% tobacco-free outdoor work spaces, and support Tobacco 21 laws (https://tobacco21.org/) to make tobacco products illegal for purchase to individuals under the age of 21,” said Hewitt. For more information on tobacco and tobacco-free polices, contact Cathy Hewitt at (440) 350-2442 or Shaelin Hurley at (440) 350-2464. Boy Scouts of America- Troop 383 of Headwaters District perform clean-ups of local public areas as part of their public service, but their latest project had an additional focus. On April 12, 2018 the Boy Scout Troop 383 of Headwaters District, was educated on the hazards that tobacco product waste pose to the environment. In addition to the large amount of trash collected, the troop also focused on cleaning up tobacco product waste, such as cigarette butts and containers, throughout the Mentor Civic Center area in Mentor, Ohio. Tobacco product waste was mostly found near the playground, street and grassy curb. The Boy Scout Troop had been approached by the Lake Geauga Ashtabula Tobacco Prevention Coalition (LGATPC) to focus on tobacco product waste as a way to raise awareness of how widespread the problem is and gather data in support of the Coalition’s goal of encouraging government officials and businesses to adopt tobacco-free environmental policies.‘Do Something’ is a campaign by the Truth Initiative in Washington DC to ‘Get the Filter Out’ of the environment and cleanup tobacco product waste that is littered. “What people are not aware of is the toxic harm these tobacco waste products have on our environment,” stated Cathy Hewitt, Health Educator with the Lake County General Health District and member of LGATPC. According to Hewitt, 4.95 trillion cigarette butts are thrown away each year and account for 30% of the total waste on shore lines in the United States. Tobacco waste does not quickly break down in the environment, pollutes our water supply, creates a fire hazard, impacts wildlife, and contributes to lost tourism and revenue. It also hurts land and water animals when they mistake tobacco waste as food.“The LGATPC would like to thank Boy Scouts of America- Troop 383 of Headwaters District and the Lake Erie Council, as these types of projects support us in helping organizations adopt tobacco-free policies.” According to surveys conducted by LGATPC, 55% of Lake County residents strongly agreed that parks, playgrounds, outdoor sports facilities, beaches, and fairgrounds should be tobacco-free environments, while 61% of Lake County residents felt that tobacco use of any kind should not be allowed in outdoor public spaces. Lake County General Health District has recently assisted Fairport Harbor Exempted Village School District and Lake County Metroparks to adopt 100% tobacco-free policies.LGATPC offers assistance to all Ashtabula, Geauga, and Lake county organizations who would like to go tobacco-free. Individuals are also encouraged to, “Support 100% tobacco-free environmental policies at schools and colleges, work with area businesses to support 100% tobacco-free outdoor work spaces, and support Tobacco 21 laws (https://tobacco21.org/) to make tobacco products illegal for purchase to individuals under the age of 21,” said Hewitt. For more information on tobacco and tobacco-free polices, contact Cathy Hewitt at (440) 350-2442 or Shaelin Hurley at (440) 350-2464. ###

  • PROJECT OPIATE: PEER TO PEER EDUCATION IN LAKE COUNTY April 5, 2018PRESS RELEASE                                                                                                                                CONTACT:  Haley Russo (440) 350-2844 April 4, 2018                                                                                                                                         LAKE COUNTY GENERAL HEALTH DISTRICTPROJECT OPIATE: PEER TO PEER EDUCATION IN LAKE COUNTY In order to help prevent prescription opioid misuse, the Lake County General Health District, in collaboration with the Ohio State Extension Office, successfully launched Project OPIATE (Opiate Prevention Initiative-Action Through Education), an innovative program that utilizes youth leaders to educate their school-aged peers regarding the risks of prescription opioid misuse. After attending “Lead & Seed”, a two-day training program provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), six adult facilitators and eighteen youth leaders recruited from both Willoughby-Eastlake (North and South) High School and Mentor High School hosted “pHARMING Effects”, an interactive peer-to-peer educational presentation outlining the dangers of prescription opioid misuse. These presentations occurred at Mentor High School on March 8, 2018, and at Willoughby South on March 9, 2018. A two-day “pHARMING Effects” presentation is also scheduled at Eastlake North High School on April 11 and 12, 2018. As a follow-up to these presentations, the project team will revisit the students in attendance throughout the remainder of the semester, utilizing Generation Rx, an educational prescription drug website, to revisit prescription opioid misuse topics.Unintentional deaths attributed to prescription opioid misuse remain a considerable issue in the United States1, and the misuse of prescription opioids often leads to riskier drug behavior and initiation2, as evident from the current opioid epidemic sweeping through communities across the country3. Opioids, a class of drugs that include the prescription medications oxycodone, codeine, and morphine, as well as the illegal drugs heroin and fentanyl, are highly addictive, and recovery from opioid addiction is a lifelong effort. Despite these concerns, upwards of 45 percent of high school students have been exposed to prescription opioid misuse4. “We have to look at every resource and solution available to us in order to reduce the number of lives lost to opiate misuse,” stated Ron Graham, Lake County General Health District Health Commissioner.Project OPIATE was developed by Dr. Andrew Wapner, Director of the Center for Public Health Practice at the Ohio State University’s College of Public Health. By connecting local public health departments and the Ohio State Extension Offices, efforts to fight the opioid epidemic have improved. In 2014, collaboration began between Health Commissioner Graham and Dr. Wapner to create optimal, evidence-based practices to benefit Lake County residents, and these efforts continue today.For more information about this project, please contact to Haley Russo at (440) 350-2844, or hrusso@lcghd.org. ###

  • ARE YOU READY TO RUN YOUR FIRST 5K? March 28, 2018NEWS RELEASE                                                                                                  CONTACT:  KATHY MILO (440) 350-2447MARCH 28, 2018                                                                                                  LAKE COUNTY GENERAL HEALTH DISTRICT     ARE YOU READY TO RUN YOUR FIRST 5K?JUST RUN is an annual school-based youth running program that helps promote fitness and healthy lifestyle choices, while combating childhood obesity and its related illnesses. Throughout the course of a six to eight week program, students train to run a 5K race, which culminates in the JUST RUN Lake County 5K held on Saturday, May 26, 2018, at Fairport Harbor Lakefront Park in Fairport Harbor, Ohio. For this year’s JUST RUN event, a total of 30 public schools, four private schools, and one homeschool group are participating.All of the JUST RUN preparation and training is completed at each participating school and these activities include the recruitment of students, scheduling and planning practices, as well as training before or after school. While most students involved in JUST RUN have never run a 5K, a number of returning participants look forward to training in the spring each year. Most schools have already started training, and others will begin after spring break.JUST RUN started in 2010 with only 60 students, and has grown to roughly 1,000 student participants. More parents have also started running, as there is a family and friends option available on race day. The JUST RUN registration cost is $12 (t-shirt included), and registration is available at register.chronotrack.com/r/37170. There is NO COST to the students.As the program has grown, so have our sponsors, and this program would not be possible without them! A sincere thank you is due to all of our 2018 sponsors, which include: Lake Health, Lake MetroParks, Lake County YMCA, Greater Cleveland XC, Second Sole, CareSource, Applebee’s, Chick-Fil-A, Lake County Captains, Buckeye Health, Lakeland Foundation, Paramount Advantage, Mentor Police Athletic League, Fair Housing Resource Center, and Lake County United Way.Last week, Chick-Fil-A in Mentor sponsored a “Spirit Night,” and $133 was raised for the JUST RUN event. Thank you to everyone who came out and supported JUST RUN!On April 14, Applebee’s in Mentor is hosting a “Dine and Donate” event from 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Please mention JUST RUN, or show the flyer on our JUST RUN Lake County, Ohio Facebook page. Also, please “like” our Facebook page, and let us know what your family likes best about JUST RUN! ###