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The PICH Program collaborates with community and technical partners to sponsor events featuring officials from the County and its municipalities to educate stakeholders and promote initiatives to lower chronic disease incidence, reduce health disparities and encourage healthier lifestyles.



National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing, and Media  

The PICH Program's Communications Team  participated in  the National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing, and Media from August 15-17, 2017. During the last day of the conference, three members of the team  presented papers during the "Session on Healthier Communities: Addressing Chrionic Disease Through Communication Efforts and Stakeholder Partnership Building."  They discussed  PICH's successful use of  social marketing and health promotion  to support community outreach efforts and to engage diverse stakeholders in creating smoke-/tobacco-free environments, building healthy nutrition habits and increasing physical activity opportunities.    



Tools for Success: Part III  Creating Your Sustainability Plan Workshop

During July 2017, the PICH Program hosted a workshop titled “Tools for Success: Part III Creating Your Sustainability Plan." The workshop provided the necessary tools to promote healthy eating and safe, exercise options by utilizing local resources and planning for sustainability. It was the final workshop in a series providing educational tools, training, and knowledge to help guide and motivate interfaith groups to better health through physical activity.



Growing Fit Recognition Ceremony

The PICH Team and HealthMPowers held a ceremony on July 7, 2017 to celebrate and recognize the participants in  PICH's Early Care and Education Program who have successfully developed and implemented  Growing Fit wellness policies that instill healthy habits in toddlers and preschool students in day care settings.  



Smoke-Free Atlanta Night Out

The Fulton County PICH Team joined the Smoke-Free Atlanta Coalition in celebrating 2017 World No Tobacco Day on May 31, 2017 with the Smoke-Free Atlanta Night Out event at Fado Irish Pub-Midtown. The event gave residents a chance to experience eating and drinking in a smoke-free environment and to share their reasons for supporting a smoke-free city. View the video starring attendees sharing why they support a smoke-free Atlanta here.



Final HPE Teacher Workshop of School Year

A group of 20 Health and Physical Education (HPE) teachers serving 6,854 students from Fulton County Schools learned about evidence-based childhood obesity prevention strategies and new tools to assess and improve student fitness during a Professional Learning Workshop on May 5, 2017.



Healthy Kids and Walking/Biking To School Event

The PICH team and Amerigroup Community Care celebrated Healthy Kids and Walking/Biking To School with the College Park Elementary School Community on May 16, 2017. Students, parents and faculty received tips for healthy summer living, and for starting a Bike/Walk to School Program next term. They also received bike helmets from Amerigroup and walking and biking safety supplies from PICH.



GSU Bike Summit

The PICH team co-sponsored the 2017 Georgia State Bike Summit held at the GSU College of Law Conference Center. Charles Brown, program manager of the New Jersey Bicycle and Pedestrian Resource Center, as well as the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, and the Atlanta Regional Commission gave presentations about improving bicycling opportunities and pedestrian facilities around GSU and Atlanta.



Fulton County Sheriff's Office Bicycle Rodeo

The PICH Team supported the Fulton County Sheriff's Office Bicycle Rodeo. It was a wonderful community event promoting health and safety. The 100 kids who attended received free bikes, helmets, backpacks and other supplies, as well as safety classes from the Sheriff’s Office. Supporters included Quincy L. A. Springs IV, Panther Bikes, Blayne Alexander NBC, Phoenix Leadership Foundation and City of Atlanta Police Department .



Health Promotion Action Coalition, Inc. (HPAC) Better Health Exchange

HPAC and the PICH Program held a Better Health Exchange Forum to promote healthier people and communities. The presentation topics and exhibitors included Positive Primary Care Doctor Relationships, Bloodless Medicine (emerging medical practice), Community Service Providers, Ask the Pharmacist and others.



Heart Month and Wear Red Day

The PICH team and its partners accepted a proclamation from the Fulton County Board of Commissioners declaring February as Heart Month in Fulton County and February 3 as Wear Red Day. The Commissioners also recognized the County’s progress in improving heart health for women and families, and the need to do more to safeguard community health for generations to come.


On Wear Red Day, the PICH Program hosted a Lunch and Learn event for Health Department staff that included educational presentations and cooking and exercise demonstrations.



FitnessGram Workshop for Atlanta PE Teachers

The PICH Program provided the instructional resources for workshops to train all Atlanta Public School Health and Physical Education teachers in State-approved techniques to assess and improve student fitness.




Complete Streets Video

The Fulton County PICH Program, the Atlanta Regional Commission, and the City of Atlanta produced a video highlighting the health, safety and lifestyle benefits of Complete Streets. The video will be used by public officials and the PICH Program in discussing transportation infrastructure projects designed to make roadways less congested and more pedestrian-friendly.



BOC Great American Smokeout Day Proclamation

The PICH team accepted a proclamation for the Fulton County Board of Commissioners proclaiming November 17, 2016 as Great American Smokeout Day in Fulton County.  The proclamation recognizes the parks, recreation facilities, bars and  restaurants that have adopted smoke-free policies through the work of the PICH Program and its partners.



National Farmers' Market Week

In August 2016, PICH commemorated Farmers’ Market Week by promoting the Fulton Fresh Mobile Farmers’ Market, which gives the community better access to fresh fruits and vegetables. PICH also shared strategies to help communities increase fruit and vegetable consumption.



Policy Training Classes

In August 2016, the PICH Program sponsored free training classes for community leaders, healthcare professionals and educators on various aspects of the policy, systems and environmental change process during 2015, in partnership with the Directors of Health Promotion and Education.



Interfaith Active Living Initiative

During 2016, the PICH program recruited 26 faith-based groups for the Interfaith Active Living Initiative. The organizations adopted wellness resolutions, which included the creation of walking groups and healthy cooking demonstrations.

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Atlanta Streets Alive

Beginning in the summer of 2016, PICH co-sponsored the Atlanta Streets Alive event. It opens streets of the city of Atlanta, temporarily closing them to cars to create a whole new healthy, sustainable and vibrant city street experience.



Interfaith Kick-Off and Expo

In June 2016, PICH launched the Interfaith Active Living Initiative and hosted a kick-off and expo event that provided free resources to participants.


BOC Healthy Nutrition Month Proclamation  

On March 16, 2016, the PICH Program and its Cooperative Extension Service and Women Infants and Children Program partners ¬†received a proclamation from the Fulton County Board of Commissioners proclaiming it Healthy Nutrition Month in Fulton County, in observance of National Nutrition Month¬ģ.



CPR and AED Training

The PICH Program sponsored a series of CPR/AED training courses held at the Fulton County Department for Health and Rehabilitation. The participants learned critical skills needed to respond to and manage an emergency until medical services arrives.



C.H.O.I.C.E.S. Student Graduation

PICH also promoted and supported ¬†the work of community partners that aligned with the observance of Healthy Nutrition Month¬ģ, ¬†including ¬†a series of cooking classes for youngsters in South Fulton County conducted by the nonprofit Center Helping Obesity in Children End Successfully (C.H.O.I.C.E.S.) that culminated with a student culinary demonstration and graduation.


Photos by Noreen Cochran, Neighborhood Newspapers


Active Living Summit

The PICH Program’s February 5, 2016 Active Living Summit attracted more than 80 research, policy, education, health and urban planning professionals and community organization members who learned about new tools and winning strategies for combating chronic health problems and encouraging active and healthy lifestyles.  Summit participants  also learned about the products and services  provided by more than a dozen exhibitors.    



January 2016 Creative PE Teacher Training

The PICH Program provided financial support for the implementation of the Exemplary Physical Education Curriculum (EPEC) in all Fulton County elementary schools and the SPARK Physical Education Curriculum in middle schools. Both programs are research-based and promote healthy habits in all aspects of students’ lives. Beginning in August 2015 and continuing in 2016, in collaboration with the County Schools system, the Georgia Department of Education, Atlanta Regional Commission, Health Powers and Georgia Health Policy Center, the PICH Program sponsored a series of daylong workshops on implementing creative P.E. instruction that attracted several hundred elementary and middle school teachers. The January 2015 teacher workshop was widely covered by local media outlets.




BOC Nobody Quits Like Georgia Week Proclamation  

The PICH Team, the County Department of Health and Wellness leadership and partners from the Georgia Department of Public Health, Georgia State University, Health Promotion Action Coalition, Diabetes Community Action Coalition, American Lung Association and American Cancer Society accepted a proclamation from the Fulton County Board of Commissioners declaring the week of November 16-20, 2015 as Nobody Quits Like Georgia Week in the county, in commemoration of local, state and national smoking cessation activities during the month.



Nobody Quits Like Georgia Week Campaign  

The PICH Team joined the American Lung Association at the city of Atlanta's event on November 17, 2015 launching the ‚ÄúNobody Quits Like Georgia‚ÄĚ campaign, hosted by Mayor Kasim Reed. The event attracted local media and more than 30 state health leaders, patient and provider groups, and health care delivery systems. All month long, PICH actively participated in and promoted the campaign that included awareness events in Atlanta and across the County, focused on connecting residents with tools and resources to quit smoking. ¬†



Policy Training Classes

Workshops staged by PICH throughout the year helped County residents, community leaders and healthcare professionals build the skills necessary to implement policies and create environments that support the behaviors the Program encourages. Additionally, Program partners are building databases, conducting research and collecting information  that will inform business owners, healthcare professionals, policy planners and government decision makers as they consider new policies and regulations that  relate to the PICH Program goals around improving access to healthy nutrition options; physical activity opportunities; walkable, livable communities; and tobacco- and smoke-free environments.

The PICH Program sponsored free training classes for community leaders, healthcare professionals and educators on various aspects of the policy, systems and environmental change process during 2015, in partnership with the Directors of Health Promotion and Education.




Healthy Community Design Workshop

On  September 25, 2015,  The PICH Program sponsored a workshop presented by Mark Fenton, a recognized authority on community planning and public health. In line with the PICH Program’s goal of creating healthier communities to encourage physical activity, Fenton led Fulton County community health organization members, transportation officials and healthcare professionals through a series of interactive discussions about ideas and strategies for planning and implementing easy-to-launch initiatives to create walkable, bikeable and livable communities throughout the County.