Number of Children Reported Poisoned By Lead Continues Decade Long Decrease

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The Monroe County Department of Public Health’s most recent data on testing children for elevated blood lead levels (EBLL) indicates that Monroe County and the City of Rochester are making significant progress in the campaign to end childhood lead poisoning. The encouraging statistics regarding testing data for children under the age of six shows that the number of children diagnosed with EBLLs above 10μg/dL (micrograms per deciliter) has decreased from 900 in 2004 to 139 in 2014.

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Local Barbershops and Salons Offer Blood Pressure Screenings Throughout the Year

When you go to Visions Beauty Salon in Rochester, Master Hair Professional Cassandra McCrea can style your hair—and tell you whether your blood pressure is high. McCrea and several other stylists and barbers trained as Community Health Educators offer blood pressure monitoring year-round at select salons and barbershops in Rochester as part of the Get It Done initiative. 

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Digital 'Checkup' Helps Rochester Firms Shape up Their Wellness Programs

Does your company serve healthy food for meetings, have a designated lactation room or have a CEO who participates in wellness events? Your answers could be the first step to creating a healthier work environment. The Rochester Business Alliance and Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency have launched a new online tool, called the Worksite Wellness Checkup, which helps firms identify inexpensive and effective ways they can support employee wellness.

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In The Headlines
Tami Best: Tips for staying lean while training

Democrat and Chronicle - July 1, 2015 - Refuel with lean protein and carbohydrates if training lasts longer than an hour and cut out added simple sugars to stay lean while athletic training, writes Tami Best, a registered dietitian and healthy worksites coordinator for Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency. Read more.

Summer Meals Program Targets City Kids

WXXI News - June 29, 2015 - Free or reduced meals don't have to end when school lets out for the summer. WXXI News featured the Rochester Summer Meals program, which allows anyone from 2-18 years old living in the city to get a free breakfast or lunch at select locations. Read more.

County lead poisoning diagnoses down 85 percent

Democrat and Chronicle - June 18, 2015 - The number of children under 6 newly diagnosed with elevated levels of lead in their blood has dropped 85 percent in Monroe County over the past decade, the Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning announced Thursday. FLHSA provides staff support and administrative services to the coalition. Read more.

Also reported:

Rochester City Newspaper - Local lead-poisoning numbers continue long-term drop

Time Warner Cable News - Lead Poisoning Continues to Decline in Rochester

WROC-TV - Monroe Co. Public Health Dept. making significant progress fighting childhood lead poisoning

WXXI-News - Number of Children Reported with High Blood Lead Levels Down 85 Percent

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