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United Way Invites Community Conversation About Health
Date:8/1/2013

(PRWEB) August 01, 2013

Every four years, United Way of Westchester and Putnam (UWWP) engages in Community Conversations to help guide its important work in its three core areas – education, income, and health. This month, UWWP opened its third and final on-line survey, Community Conversation on Health, and is seeking at least 1,000 people to respond. In the approximately 10 minutes needed to complete the survey, residents of Westchester and Putnam Counties can express their concerns about health and well-being in their own community and help UWWP to direct its volunteers and services to the places that they’re needed most.

“The Community Conversation survey on health takes the pulse of our communities regarding health care, mental health, obesity, safety, and other factors,” said Naomi Adler, United Way of Westchester and Putnam CEO and President. “Ten minutes of time now can translate into community support for important issues through United Way’s advocacy, volunteerism, and grants over the next four years.”

United Way’s health survey will run now through September 30th and can be found at http://www.uwwp.org/cc. Participants who complete the short survey can enter a raffle to win an iPad mini.

Health issues particularly impact area youth. Over one-third of surveyed children in Westchester elementary schools are overweight or at risk of being overweight. High percentages of middle school and high school students in Westchester and Putnam report drinking alcohol, coming to school drunk or high, or engaging in risky behaviors. Many experience also high levels of stress.

“As a result of the last Community Conversation four years ago, we ramped up two of our major community health initiatives,” said Susan Schefflein, SVP, Community Impact at the local United Way. “Step Up 2 Health works to reduce obesity rates through community g
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