LivingWELL in Lancaster County
Like all Lancaster City playgrounds, Musser Park has been a Young Lungs at Play tobacco-free zone since spring 2012. Sue Lackmann, left, a health educator for Lancaster General Health, and Angela Trout, communications and advocacy coordinator for the Lancaster YWCA, work with local municipalities to adopt similar ordinances.
Thanks to Young Lungs at Play policies now in place in 12 Lancaster County municipalities, more area children are enjoying smoke-free environments where they play. The program aims to protect young lungs from second-hand smoke and, at the same time, promote healthy behavior.
This is just one of the initiatives resulting from a $233,577 Community Transformation Grant Lancaster General Health received from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in September 2011. The grant program, called LiveWELL Lancaster County, is helping the health system address three leading causes of death and disability in our community: heart disease, cancer and stroke.
To address the identified health issues, LG Health established four areas of focus: tobacco-free living, active living and healthy eating, clinical preventive services, and healthy and safe physical environments.
Click here for information about Lancaster General Health’s prevention and wellness programs or contact Alice Yoder at 717-544-3283.
Overall, the CDC awarded approximately $103 million in prevention grants to 61 communities, reaching more than 120 million Americans. LG Health and the Philadelphia Department of Public Health were the only two organizations in Pennsylvania to be awarded these grants.
“The CDC was especially interested in LG Health because of the leadership model we have developed, along with our well-documented engagement with community partners,” said Alice Yoder, LG Health Director of Community Health.