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Catskill Regional Medical Center Supports Sullivan County Workplace Wellness Summit

Catskill Regional Medical Center is proud to announce the upcoming Sullivan County Workplace Wellness Summit being held on Friday, October 4, at 5 New Hope Community Drive located in Loch Sheldrake, NY.

“Sullivan County and its leaders remain committed to improving the health and well-being of its employees and residents,” said Catskill Regional Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Schiller.

The program will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This one-day training is a collaborative effort among Catskill Regional Medical Center, the American Heart Association, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Eat Smart New York, HealtheConnections, Public Health, Sullivan 180, Sullivan Renaissance and Tobacco Free Action Communities that have all teamed up to provide a comprehensive day of education, information and inspiration to those who wish to grow a culture of health at their business or organization.

“To date, we have trained over 70 wellness champions and many of them have started wellness committees, educated co-workers, implemented policy and made change at their worksite,” said Director of Community Health for Greater Hudson Valley Health System, Amanda Langseder. “These worksites have adopted healthy meetings guidelines, become water friendly worksites, implemented healthy vending standards, created lactation spaces, formed teams for local walks and races and have provided resources for employees struggling with mental health and substance abuse disorders.”

This training will feature speakers from regional and local offices who specialize in wellness committee development, health policy implementation and turn-key worksite wellness programs.

This year Peter C. Cary will be the keynote speaker. Mr. Cary is an award-winning corporate health, marketing-communications/public relations professional with more than 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector and 13 years of experience in the corporate sector (banking/financial and marketing/advertising agency). He is currently Senior Director, Corporate Health and Mission Engagement, for the American Heart Association Eastern States region.

The training will include Sullivan County workplace wellness success stories and will conclude with a commitment exercise and a very exciting challenge being offered up to all in attendance.

This Summit is part of a larger regional movement entitled “Health Means Business” which works in conjunction with chambers of commerce to engage the business sector in health improvement initiatives.

While Sullivan County has struggled historically with low placement in the Robert Wood Johnson County Health Rankings, these partners are working on creating a community that actively embraces healthy living by promoting wellness and influencing policy change in the place most people spend the majority of their time, the workplace. By working together, the organizations are utilizing a Collective Impact Model–a best practice for solving complex, pressing social issues such as the ones facing Sullivan County.

Pre-registration for the training is required. Registration is $15 to cover the cost of a healthy lunch and materials. For more information, or to register, call Cornell University Cooperative Extension Sullivan County at 845-292-6180 or email sullivan@cornell.edu. To register online, visit www.sullivancce.org.

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