County Department of Health Honored by Capital District Child Care Council for Public Health Initiatives
3/15/2017 12:51:06 PM
Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy today announced that the Albany County Department of Health has been awarded the Capital District Child Care Council’s Community Collaborator Who Cares Award for its “extraordinary impact on the field of Early Childhood and School-Age Education.”
The council praised the department as a strong community resource for public policy and health programs, noting its work as a partner in improving the health of county residents. Specifically, the council noted the county’s work through the Strategic Alliance for Health on the delivery of the Physical Activity in Child Care which extended the childhood obesity prevention program of QUALITYstarsNY and for its commitment to immunization of children and adults through the Immunization Council of the Capital Region.
“I am pleased that the Department of Health has been recognized as a leader in working with kids and adults to fight childhood obesity in the county,” said County Executive McCoy. “We have made a lot of progress in this area and we are proud of the programs we’ve implemented to help kids make healthy eating and exercise a priority. This recognition affirms that the work we’re doing is making a difference in the county. ”
“We remain committed to increasing awareness about the problems associated with childhood obesity and the need for physical activity,” said Commissioner of Health Dr. Elizabeth Whalen. “This recognition demonstrates that we are fulfilling our mission and working with our partners to help kids develop good habits at an early age.”
The council also noted the Health Department’s effort to improve the public health by instituting a Healthy Meeting and Events policy and Healthy Vending Guidelines, implemented in 2014.
The award will be presented to the Department of Health at the council’s annual meeting on April 5 in Albany.