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Wednesday October 24, 2012

St. Clair County 4th Annual Health Policy Summit
Save the Date for the 2012 St. Clair County Health Policy SummitThe Power of Collective Impact
Keynote Speaker: Monte Roulier
Thursday, November 29, 2012 8:00am to 1:00pm
Cost $15 with Morning Refreshments and Lunch provided
Location - The Hett Theatre at McKendree University-
701 College Rd, Lebanon, IL 62254
View the 2012 Summit Flyer
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(Online Signups through November 27th)

Please join us as we continue our journey towards becoming the Healthiest County in America through a county-wide effort to influence policies in the areas of healthy living. This years’ Summit will introduce our 2012 theme of Creating Safe Communities and help us learn how we can work together towards improved environmental change in the places where we live, learn, work and play.

Welcoming Keynote Speaker Monte Roulier:
Co-Founder and President of Community Initiatives (CI) , a network of professionals and partner organizations dedicated to building healthy and whole communities. As a consultant, coach, and facilitator he has helped a wide range of communities, coalitions, and national initiatives us collaborative approaches to achieve and sustain desired results.
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We Choose Health for St. Clair County
In August 2012, the St. Clair County Health Department was awarded a 4-year grant to promote safer streets, tobacco-free multi-unit housing, and school health and safety. The grant was awarded by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Get Up & Go!
is proud to be a part of this grant, along with the YMCA of Southwest Illinois, East Side Health District, and McKendree University. Many more partners will join our work as We Choose Health!
Three working groups will carry out the grant activities:
Complete Streets
Tobacco-free Multi-unit Housing
School Health and Safety

Complete Streets
“Complete Streets” means that most streets should be designed and built for everyone who uses them – bicyclists, walkers, young, old, and people of all abilities. Streets and sidewalks are built with public funds, so they belong to all of us. A community with “complete streets” makes it easier (and safer) for people to be active.

The goal of this working group is to work with municipal leaders and city planners to create a network of “Complete Streets” in St. Clair County. The 2012 Health Policy Summit on November 29 provides a unique opportunity for this working group to talk to community leaders about “Complete Streets.”

Over the next year, the working group will:
• Assess the conditions of local roads and ordinances
• Train local county and city leaders how to create “Complete Streets”
• Develop a county-wide “Complete Streets” proposal and plan

For more information, contact:
Rita Arras, SIUE School of Nursing,
Emily Fultz, City of Belleville,

Tobacco-free Multi-unit Housing
Residents of multi-unit housing are often forced to breathe tobacco smoke that travels through hallways and vents, even though they aren’t smokers themselves. Breathing secondhand smoke has many bad side effects. It also damages the housing – it sticks to wall, appliances, and carpeting – and makes it difficult and costly for housing managers to clean for new tenants. Everyone has the right to breathe clean, safe air. Our community needs to have smoke-free multi-unit housing.

The goal of this working group is to protect St. Clair County multi-unit housing residents from secondhand smoke by giving them opportunities to live in a smoke-free environment. Their first activity is to contact and meet with the St. Clair County Housing Authority and the East St. Louis Housing Authority.

Over the next year, the working group will:

• Organize a smoke-free multi-unit housing coalition
• Collect information on smoke free multi-unit housing policies and practices
• Talk with housing residents, owners, and property managers about smoke-free housing

For more information, contact:

Doug King, East Side Health District,
Latasha Ward, East Side Health District,
Jan Douglass, St. Clair County Health District,

School Health and Safety
The goal of this working group is to help St. Clair County schools support healthy behaviors for children & teens, and to work with neighborhoods and communities to provide a safe environment for children to travel to and from school.

Over the next year, the working group will:

• Work with school and community leaders to integrate a health curriculum and a safe school travel plan into schools
• Develop health and safety resources for schools and the community
• Host a workshop to help schools implement a health curriculum and a safe school travel plan

For more information, contact:

Karan Onstott, McKendree University,
Jared Beard, YMCA of Southwest Illinois,
Lamont Jones, East Side Health District,

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Holiday Food Safety Tips
The holiday season is the time of year when we get to catch up with family and friends over potlucks, casual dinners, and cookie exchanges. It’s also the time of year when we may be trying to prepare food in a hurry, especially if we’re cooking for a crowd. Pay extra attention to food safety over the next few weeks. You want your holiday party to be remembered for the tasty food, and not for the one where all the guests got sick!

Keep them clean
• Wash your hands with soap before and after touching any food.
• Clean any surface that food touches – cutting boards, dishes, utensils, counters – after preparing each food item.
• Rinse fruits and vegetables and use a produce brush to remove dirt.

Keep them separate
• Keep foods that won’t be cooked separate from raw eggs, meat, poultry or seafood. Do this when grocery shopping, storing food in the refrigerator, or cooking.
• Use one cutting board for foods that will be cooked (such as raw meat, poultry, and seafood) and another one for those that will not (such as raw fruits and vegetables).
• Don’t put cooked meat or other food that is ready to eat on an unwashed plate that has held any raw eggs, meat, poultry, seafood, or their juices.

Keep them hot
• Use a food thermometer to make sure meat, poultry, and fish are cooked to a safe internal temperature. To check a turkey for safety, insert a food thermometer into the innermost part of the thigh and wing and the thickest part of the breast. The turkey is safe when the temperature reaches 165°F. If the turkey is stuffed, the temperature of the stuffing should be 165°F.
• Cook eggs until the yolk and white are firm. When making your own eggnog or other recipe calling for raw eggs, use pasteurized shell eggs, liquid or frozen pasteurized egg products, or powdered egg whites.
• Don't eat uncooked cookie dough, which may contain raw eggs.

Keep them cold
• Refrigerate leftovers and takeout foods – and any type of food that should be refrigerated, including pie – within two hours.
• Thaw frozen food safely in the refrigerator, under cold running water, or in the microwave – never at room temperature.
• Leftovers should be used within three to four days, unless frozen.

Adapted from “Holiday Food Safety Tips” by

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Simple French Lentil Soup with Bacon
Is there anything better than a hot bowl of soup on a chilly day? This lentil soup comes together quickly, and then you can leave it alone while it simmers.
Serve it with a crisp salad and crusty bread. Leftovers also taste great the next day for lunch!

2 cups French lentils (green lentils)
4 strips of bacon, diced
2 medium onions, diced
2 carrots, diced
8 cloves garlic, finely chopped
6 cups chicken or vegetable stock
1½ teaspoons dried thyme
1 bay leaf
Sea salt and pepper to taste

1. Place a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add bacon and cook for about five minutes.
2. Add onions and carrots and season with a pinch of sea salt. Sauté about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook another minute.
3. Add lentils to the pot. Cover with stock and add thyme and bay leaf. Season with salt and pepper and bring to a simmer. Cover and simmer on low for 1½ to 2 hours or until lentils are tender.

From The Simple Food {for winter} Cookbook
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The Gift of Good Health
Why not buy your family and friends gifts that will help them enjoy being active? Sometimes some new gear is all it takes to perk up a tired fitness routine.
Here are a few ideas:
• New sneakers or workout clothes
• A basketball  
• A balance ball
• Hand weights
• A pedometer (a tool that counts the number of steps you take)
• A reflective vest
• A new water bottle
• A “coupon” for free babysitting
• Gift certificate to a gym or exercise class

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MetroBikeLink Trail Opens New Section
MetroBikeLink Trail Opened in Mid October for Cyclists, Walkers, & Runners in Belleville ILGood news for cyclists, walkers, and runners in Belleville! A new section of the MetroBikeLink trail opened in mid-October.

It’s especially beautiful in the Fall. The leaves on the trees show a kaleidoscope of colors, and those already on the ground make a satisfying crunching sound underneath your feet (or your tires).

Go for a walk or ride on the trail this weekend and savor the mild weather while it lasts.

The new 2.2-mile section connects the Memorial Hospital MetroLink Station to the Swansea MetroLink Station. The trail is paved and can be used year-round.

To learn more, read this article from the Belleville News Democrat:
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