ADHS News Release:
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Release: State Health Department, Governor’s Council on Health,
Celebrate National Public Health Week with Awards Presentation
Release Date: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 4, 2005
Contact: Mary Ehlert, ADHS Public Information: (602) 364-1201
Carol Vack, ADHS Local Health Liaison: (602) 542-7395
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The Arizona Department of Health Services and the Governor’s Council on Health, Physical Fitness and Sports will present awards to individuals and programs in six Arizona counties that exemplify the theme of National Public Health Week – Empowering Americans to Live Stronger, Longer! – at an event to be held on April 5, 2005 at the Arizona State Capitol and the State Department of Health Services. National Public Health Week is April 4-10, 2005.

The Governor has made an official proclamation of Public Health Week in Arizona. On April 5, the Arizona Local Health Officers Association will present success stories in public health at the Governor’s cabinet meeting. Then, at 11:00 a.m., the Governor’s Council on Health, Physical Fitness and Sports award recipients will be honored by the State Health Department at a lunch provided by Phoenix Health Plan Community Connection.

The award recipients are:

Claudia Reynoso, Physical Activity Program Coordinator for the Cochise County Health Department
Reynoso is responsible for increasing physical activity among seniors by launching a “Walk Everyday Live Longer” (WELL) program for seniors.

Marty Eckrem, Program Manager for the Coconino County Health Department
Eckrem is dedicated to Tobacco Education and Prevention and has worked on a Smokefree ordinance for Coconino County and was instrumental in establishing the city of Flagstaff’s Smokefree Air Ordinance.

Lee Ann Anderson, Program Coordinator for La Paz County Health Department
Anderson is the Tobacco Education and Prevention Program coordinator for La Paz County and has arranged numerous workplace health fairs as well as providing 11-week smoking cessation classes and tobacco cessation mentoring programs.

Kingman Regional Medical Center in Mohave County
The Kingman Regional Medical Center opened its Del E. Webb Wellness and Rehabilitation Center in Kingman in 1999. Today it has 2,800 members benefit from swimming, aerobics, group exercise classes and cardiovascular machines that are integrated with important hospital services.

Mary Stoute, Program Coordinator for Coalition for African American Health and Wellness in Pima County
Stoute acquired funding and initiated a program including twice a week sessions for education, socialization and line dancing for African Americans age 50 years and over in Pima County.

Gheral Brownlow from Yavapai County
As a Yavapai County Supervisor, Brownlow worked to develop vacant property into walking and running trails, a new soccer field and a softball complex. He organizes and participates in numerous races including the Whiskey Row Marathon, which he helped establish and the Man Against Horse race. He is a model for physical fitness and encourages older adults to be physically active

The Arizona Governor’s Council on Health, Physical Fitness and Sports, established in 1980, is administered by the Arizona Department of Health Services, and encourages Arizona citizens to be more active so that they can lead healthier lives through the promotion and sponsorship of sporting and physical activity events in which the public participates. This year the award criteria emphasized programs for adults and seniors in conjunction with the goals of Public Health Week.

During the week, the American Public Health Association, the Arizona Local Health Officers Association, the Arizona Department of Health Services and county health departments are encouraging older adults to prevent, protect and plan -- prevent many common health problems, protect themselves through screening, and plan to stay healthy. More information about Public Health Week is available at www.apha.org . For more information about healthy aging, visit www.azdhs.gov ; type in healthy aging and click “go.”