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Health District honors healthy programs, policies

Everett Housing Authority, Head Start and ECEAP receive awards

May 19, 2014

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Health District honors healthy programs, policies - Everett Housing Authority, Head Start and ECEAP receive awards

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. - The Everett Housing Authority was honored with a Healthy Communities Award from Snohomish Health District on May 19. The award is presented to honor organizations that have adopted health promotion programs or policies that support healthy choices for the populations they serve or employ.

Dr. Gary Goldbaum, Health Officer & Director of Snohomish Health District, and Scott Murphy, Everett City Council Member and Board of Health member, presented the award to Everett Housing Authority Board Chair Lyle Ryan.

Everett Housing Authority first adopted a 100% no-smoking indoor policy for all its housing inventory effective July 2011. The original policy was amended and expanded in July 2013, and now also includes no e-cigarette use in common areas and outdoor spaces where smoking is already not permitted. Such policies go beyond what is required by law and provide a healthy smoke-free environment for all residents.

Earlier this year, Head Start and ECEAP (Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program) received Healthy Communities Awards from the Snohomish Health District for the work they have done to promote oral health for children and families. More than 90% of families in the county Head Start and ECEAP programs have a regular dentist for check-ups and issues. This rate is in the top 5% of Head Start/ECEAP programs in the nation.

In addition, both Head Start and ECEAP routinely support daily toothbrushing practices, the use of fluorides and fluoride toothpastes and offer healthy meals and snacks. These practices are conducive to good oral health as well as healthy living in general.

ECEAP and Head Start are state and federally-funded preschool programs that provide free services and support to low-income children and their families.

Incorporated in 1959, the Snohomish Health District works for a safer and healthier community through disease prevention, health promotion, and protection from environmental threats.