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HealthQuest Northeast Connecticut

We put the "unity" in "community."

HealthQuest - Northeast Connecticut - Click to download Hi-res imageHealthQuest Northeast Connecticut is a regional health and wellness partnership working to make northeastern Connecticut a healthier place to live, work, learn, and play. The coalition, formed in 2007, is coordinated by the Northeast District Department of Health and meets quarterly from 7:30 am to 9:30 am via an online platform or at NDDH as conditions allow.

2022 meeting dates are Wednesdays, January 26, April 27,  July 27, and October 26. Additional meetings are held as needed.

Leadership Team partners include:


Health Prevails on the Trails!

Get a leg up on what ails you by putting one foot in front of the other. Walking works to reduce anxiety, stress, depression, and fatigue. It increases energy, improves your mood and sleep quality…and reduces the risk of chronic illness. Your HealthQuest Northeast CT partners have great ideas to get you moving. Click the poster below to discover the many opportunities the National Heritage Corridor offers to walk the walk and step into a healthy lifestyle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Put a Spring in your Step - Explore the National Heritage Corridor!

Our HealthQuest friends at The Last Green Valley invite you to walk, hike, bike, and paddle your way through the seasons with popular programs like their annual Spring Outdoors and Walktober events. The physical, emotional, and mental health benefits of being physically active will amaze you as much as the scenic beauty of the places we call home.


Connecticut Trail Finder

Want to learn more about trails in Connecticut? The most popular? Secret hidden gems?

Discover the CT Trail Finder, a new, one-stop, growing web resource that provides easy, fast, and centralized access to maps and reliable information about Connecticut’s terrific trails! CT Trail Finder and the CT Trail Census are developed and administered by the UConn Cooperative Extension. HealthQuest is partnering with the CT Trail Finder to populate their new interactive site with hundreds of miles of trails in the National Heritage Corridor. Check their site often for updates!

 


HealthQuest successes include:

When is Your 10? Walking Campaign

We're off...and walking! It doesn't get any easier than HealthQuest's When Is Your 10? campaign...just go for a 10-minute walk each day. Morning, afternoon, evening...anytime! Here's how you can move right along with us:

  • Take the kids. Take your parents. Take your friends. Take your colleagues. Take the dogs! Go for a 10-minute walk each day. Try to build up to three times a day.
  • Take your walk, take a picture, and post it with #WhenIsYour10.
  • Plan friendly walking challenges with others.
  • Encourage employees and students to walk during breaks and recess.
  • Like the HealthQuest Northeast CT Facebook page to learn more about the many ways HealthQuest partners, schools, businesses, town leaders, students and citizens are walking the walk.
  • When you're ready for more than a 10-minute walk, check The Last Green Valley's Spring Outdoors calendar for hundreds of walks.

When Is Your 10? also memorializes the dear HealthQuest partner we had in national walking expert Robert Sweetgall, who inspired millions of people across the United States to take up the lifelong health benefits of walking by starting with just 10 minutes a day.

Put your best foot forward and take a 10-minute walk toward wellness!

 

 

 


Smoke-Free/Tobacco-Free Campuses

HealthQuest Leadership Team partners NDDH, Day Kimball Healthcare (with 1200+ employees), Generations Family Health Center, QVCC, and TEEG have all implemented and/or expanded smoke-free/tobacco-free policies for their organizations. Also, the towns of Putnam and Killingly have adopted smoke-free parks and outdoor spaces campaigns.

 


The WriteSteps School Walking Initiative

A 10-minute start-the-school-day-with-a walk-program. To maintain instructional time, students discuss an academic topic while on the walk and journal upon return to the classroom. The campaign has been introduced to more than 6,500 students in 13 area schools.

 


The Dr. Robert R. Johnston Community Garden in Putnam

A 150’ x 150’ community garden located at 41 Smith Street in Putnam and the home of “Hamelton” the Cabbage. Ground-breaking took place on June 21, 2012.


TEEG Community Garden and Mobile Raised Garden Bed Campaign

TEEG broke ground on a community garden in June, 2013. HQ collaborated with TEEG’s Youth Advisory Board and Tourtellotte Memorial High School technical education students to design, build, and place “portable” gardens at area senior centers, day care centers, businesses, and other community sites.


Killingly Community Garden

A partnership of HQ, the Killingly Agriculture Commission, Board of Ed, Windham Gardeners Guild and multiple community partners, this garden, located on the grounds of the former Killingly High School on Westfield Avenue, went from concept to ribbon-cutting in just 5 months!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Day Kimball Healthcare’s Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative

This initiative is a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to encourage and recognize hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for infant feeding.


Worksite Wellness Toolkit

An on-line worksite wellness toolkit developed by the NE CT Chamber of Commerce is available here.


Putnam Rivertrail “Storywalk”

An interactive story path for children and families that promotes walking and reading along a nearly one-mile stretch of the Putnam Rivertrail.

 

 


The Follow the Fifty: Models of Heart Health Campaign

To promote The Heart Truth ® Community Action Program, HealthQuest launched a community counter-attack against heart disease - the number one killer of women. The program kicked off in February 2012 and 130 women in northeastern Connecticut became (role) models of heart health...achieving heart healthy lifestyles by improving their blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar. This high-profile, high-energy initiative captured the hearts of our communities as well and produced countless stories of inspiration. The campaign earned national attention and was featured at The Heart Truth’s Red Dress Collection 2013 Fashion Show in New York City on February 6, 2013.

 


Community-Clinical Linkages Initiative

This campaign is designed to connect patients, physicians and other clinical partners with community resources to help individuals better manage their chronic conditions. The Follow the Fifty Campaign was a prime example of a Community-Clinical linkage.


HealthQuest has been grant-funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through a National Association of Chronic Disease Directors ACHIEVE grant and the State of CT Department of Public Health Community Transformation Grant. These initiatives prevent chronic disease and improve health by implementing healthier policies related to tobacco-free living, increased physical activity, access to better nutrition, and expanding clinical and community preventive services.

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