The Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness Partnerships to Improve Community Health (PICH) Program encourages everyone to participate in the #0to60 campaign created by the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition (President’s Council) and the National Foundation on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. For 60 years, the President’s Council has worked to create a healthier America. The recently announced #0to60 campaign is a public education effort to inspire Americans to accelerate their journey to leading healthy, active lifestyles, in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the President’s Council. Get more information at www.0to60fitness.org.
Similarly, the PICH Program and its partners are working to increase education about, opportunities for, and access to physical activity, healthy nutrition, and tobacco-free environments. By encouraging Fulton County residents to join the #0to60 campaign’s healthy habits and activities, together with its own programmatic efforts and those of its partner agencies, PICH supports Fulton County’s strategic mission to ensure that all people are healthy.
PICH entered an agreement with Fulton County Schools to fund the implementation of innovative, creative Physical Education curricula in all Fulton County elementary and middle schools. At the pre-school level, PICH is sponsoring training and follow-on program support provided by HealthMPowers, a non-profit, evidence-based public health organization, for leaders and staff of more than 40-day care centers in developing and implementing healthy weight protocols incorporating good nutrition, physical activity and screen-time limits for the youngsters they oversee. PICH and partner Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) are working to bring bikeshare programs to areas of Fulton County and to promote the benefits of Complete Streets that create walkable, livable communities. Additionally, PICH community partner Health Promotion Action Coalition (HPAC) holds Pitch and Play events that educate community participants on current nutritional and active living childhood guidelines, combining a community café style discussion for parents with an active, fun jamboree for children. The PICH Program and HPAC are also collaborating on the recruitment of faith-based organizations to join the PICH Interfaith Active Living Initiative that provides educational materials, programming support and other resources to help the congregations launch or expand walking programs for youths and adults, set healthy living guidelines for all services and events, and facilitate fellowship with other faith-based groups around health-related activities.
The PICH Program is made possible by funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under cooperative agreement #IU58DP005568-01. For more information, please visit www.fultoncountyga.gov/partnership-to-improve-community-health.To learn more about Fulton County Health and Wellness, please visit www.fultoncountygahealth.org.