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Chamber launches goods drive for Northern Kentucky homeless

The Northern Kentucky Chamber Foundation will partner with regional family resource coordinators this season to help identify the needs of local homeless populations and to collect and distribute personal hygiene products for those groups.
More than a dozen organizations from around the region are joining in the effort, with groups like Anthem, Staffmark, General Cable, L’Oreal, TANK and others providing support.
The initiative will help the more than 1,000 families across Northern Kentucky school districts who have been identified as homeless and/or in need of basic essentials.
“We have been overwhelmed by the response from our community,” said Tiffany Osborne, Vice President of Workforce at the NKY Chamber Foundation. “What started as a small project has turned into a regional effort to provide these products to a growing number of homeless here in Northern Kentucky. It has been great to see businesses getting involved, organizing their own collections, and doing whatever they can to serve these families.”
Read the full NKY Tribune story here.


Boone County breaks ground on $2.7M YMCA expansion

Community leaders gathered last week in Burlington to break ground on an expansion project at R.C. Durr YMCA that will feature a St. Elizabeth Healthy Living Center.
“The idea is that we’ll renovate our existing fitness center and add about 3,000 square feet,” said YMCA executive director Jacob Brooks. “What’s really exciting about the Healthy Living Center and that concept is all of the health and wellness programs that St. Elizabeth and the YMCA will collaborate on. We plan to maximize each other’s expertise to provide some really unique and innovative programs for our members and our community.”
St. Elizabeth Health Care contributed a $1M gift to make the expansion possible; total cost is projected at $2.7M.
In addition to expanding the fitness center, the expansion project’s first phase will include a 1,500-square-foot expansion of the center’s group exercise room, additional 800 square feet of space to accommodate new specialty exercise programs and an additional 3,250 square feet for licensed childcare and early-teen programs.
Read the full NKY Tribune story here.


Fort Mitchell seeks volunteers for heroin awareness campaign

The City of Fort Mitchell is teaming up with Kenton County, the Northern Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy, police and the health department to combat heroin use in Northern Kentucky.
St. Elizabeth Medical Center reported handling more than 1,100 overdoses in 2015, over 200 drug-related deaths and more than 100 babies born to addicted mothers.
The campaign kicked off with a door-to-door drive last month, distributing 4,000 informational flyers to residents throughout Fort Mitchell.
Our families and schools are dealing with the effects of heroin and we must work harder to create awareness about the dangers of heroin and provide assistance for our communities about resources available,” said Fort Mitchell Mayor Jude Hehman. “We are grateful for the support we have received from Judge-Executive [Kris] Knochelman and the Kenton County agencies who are on the front lines of the heroin crisis.”
Volunteers are still needed to support the ongoing campaign. Interested parties should email jpatterson@fortmitchell.com.
Read the full NKY Tribune story here.


Teens gain positive experiences through Outdoor Adventure Clubs

A group of 44 local high school students from across the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati region recently got the chance to join a kayaking expedition, thanks to the Outdoor Adventure Clubs of Greater Cincinnati (OACAGC).
The nonprofit OACAGC was founded in 2011 by retired Cincinnati Public Schools teacher and outdoor enthusiast Dennis “Denny” McFadden. It started in three CPS schools with the simple goal of offering students a chance at outdoor fun for free.
“There are so many benefits in getting these students outdoors,” explains McFadden. “The adventurers not only learn how to kayak or hike or bike; they learn conservation and our experience, as well as research, shows that it stimulates creativity, reduces stress, improves academic performance and so much more.”
The OACAGC now has active clubs in 19 area schools — four in Northern Kentucky — and will receive support from Interact for Health, United Way, Seligman Family Foundation and the PNC Charitable Trust for upcoming events that include an October bike ride, a hike in November and ice skating in December, as well as planned outings for spring and summer of 2017.
Visit www.outdooradventureclubs.org for more info.

Read the full NKY Tribune story here.


Historic drop in youth smoking attributed to KY smoke-free policies

Kentucky saw a significant decrease in the number of high school students currently smoking, according to a 2015 Kentucky Youth Risk Behavior Survey.
Officials think the drop may be due to Kentucky’s efforts in recent years to enforce strict tobacco-free policies in campus environments across the state. Thirty-five percent of Kentucky’s school districts are now tobacco-free, with many more districts expected to adopt policies in the coming year.  
“School districts want to hear from their peers and hear from colleagues who have gone through the process already,” said Elizabeth Anderson-Hoagland, youth policy analyst with the Kentucky Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program in DPH. “By demonstrating that others have successfully adopted the policy and experienced positive results, we are able to encourage more school administrators to consider going tobacco free.”
Read the full River City News story here.

NKU partners with St. Elizabeth and others to serve athletes

"The health of our student-athletes is a top priority. St. Elizabeth and Commonwealth Orthopaedics join us in our commitment to enhancing the experience of our student-athletes through world-class care," said NKU Director of Athletics Ken Bothof, in a recent announcement regarding the school’s plan to extend medical services to its more than 250 student-athletes.
St. Elizabeth Healthcare and Commonwealth Orthopaedic Centers will bring their collective sports medicine and athletic training expertise to NKU’s Division I teams. The partnership will add two additional full-time athletic trainers to the staff covering the Norse, while also providing a physical therapist who will be on campus three times per week.
Meanwhile, a registered dietician will be on hand to help education NKU’s student-athletes in maintaining balanced nutrition while juggling study and sports.
St. Elizabeth has engaged the university in partnership extensively in recent years; just this past year, the organization contributed $8 million to support the design and construction of simulation facilities in NKU’s new Health Innovation Center, which is set to open in 2018.
Read the fully NKY Tribune article here.

Free festival brings bikes, music, art to Boone County August 20-21

Dave Huff, Executive Director of the grassroots nonprofit Riding Forward, has a lifelong passion for all things bike. In recent years his focus has turned toward instilling that same passion in Northern Kentucky’s young people.
That’s what Huff hopes to achieve with the first-annual Broken Spoke Festival, a free, two-day event that will feature local music, art, food trucks and a bike racing showcase. All festival proceeds will fund Riding Forward’s ongoing initiatives designed to inspire outdoor engagement through bike riding.
“Our tag line, 'creating a better future through wheeled sports,' will ring loudly throughout the event,” said Huff. “The idea to mix bikes, music, art and food together for a two-day festival is an attempt to bring the community together and build a stronger bond between cycling and the Tristate."
The festival has secured a number of corporate sponsorships, including support from regional candy maker, Airheads.
Broken Spoke kicks off Saturday, August 20 at Burlington’s England-Idlewild Park with 8 a.m. registration and racing events beginning at noon. Music will follow shortly after, featuring local acts like Young Heirlooms and 500 Miles to Memphis.
To learn more about the organization and the festival, visit RidingForward.org and BrokenSpokeFestival.com.


NKY Health Dept begins testing for Zika virus

The Zika virus has captured international attention from health officials and residents alike, and it recently made its first appearance in Northern Kentucky after arriving stateside earlier this year.
In response, the Northern Kentucky Health Department has announced that it will begin trapping and testing the region’s mosquitoes in an effort to understand and ultimately prevent the illness.
So far, all report Zika virus cases in the United States have appeared in individuals who were infected while traveling or contracted it from a person who traveled, but officials are concerned that the virus may eventually be transmitted to mosquitos and, subsequently, to humans in the region.
The health department will employ measures similar to those used in the past to monitor West Nile virus, namely, traps that contain dry ice, CO2 and special lights to aid in isolating the Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus species known to carry Zika.

Read the full River City News article here

Northern Kentucky to host River Cities Relay race

This summer brings a brand-new event to NKY’s riverfront that promises both a health and an economic boon for the region.
The River Cities Relay, a new event presented by St. Elizabeth Healthcare, will start and end under Newport’s Purple People Bridge. The finish line will feature a celebration complete with local food, drink and live music.
The Leadership Northern Kentucky Class of 2016 created the race event, adding a charitable component with a list of beneficiaries that includes the Brighton Center, Parish Kitchen and the Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky.
The 15-mile race will begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 27, with registration now open for individuals as well as two- and four-person relay teams.
Read the full River City News story here.

NKY Health Department honors Williamstown Mayor with Award of Excellence

Williamstown Mayor Rick Skinner will be the 2016 recipient of Northern Kentucky Health Department’s Award of Excellence in Public Health.
Skinner, who chairs the Fitness for Life Around Grant County (FLAG) coalition, is being recognized for milestone c
  • Development of a comprehensive master plan for Williamstown;
  • Improved opportunities for healthy eating with the implementation of a healthy food policy for city meetings and events; and
  • Outdoor opportunities that include revitalized local trails, playgrounds and sidewalks.
 “Mayor Skinner has been a long-time partner on health initiatives,” said Lynne M. Saddler, MD, MPH, District Director of Health. “He knows firsthand how creating a culture of good health, and creating an environment that makes healthy choices easy can go a long way to improving the health status of a community.”
Grant County’s efforts mirror the goals of a LiveWell NKY health initiative that rolled out in five pilot communities earlier this year.
Read the full NKY Tribune story here.

Gateway hosts health careers fair April 21-22

Students, parents and others pursuing health careers are invited to attend an open house at Gateway Community and Technical College's Edgewood Campus on April 21 from 6-8 p.m. and April 22 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
The event will feature speakers and informational sessions related to professional opportunities in nursing, Emergency Medical Services (EMT), paramedic, massage therapy, Health Information Technology (HIT) and medical assisting.
Health care professionals will be on hand to answer questions about salary, education requirements and health care jobs outlook. Prospective Gateway students will also have a chance to speak with advisors and financial aid experts.
Contact Amber Carter at (858) 442-1712 or amber.carter@kctcs.edu to register.

April brings child abuse prevention events to NKY

The month of April is recognized nationally as Child Abuse Prevention Month, and in Northern Kentucky, communities are invited to take action through awareness events and “Blue Ribbon Tree” ceremonies.
Statistics show that NKY ranks higher than state and national averages in the area of child abuse and neglect. To help improve those numbers, groups like the Family Nurturing Center are hosting awareness and action events for the month of April and beyond.
Events include Wear Blue Days, a Blue Ribbon 5k/10k race on May 14 and “Kids on the Block,” a traveling series that visits area schools to discuss bullying and school safety.
Learn more about upcoming events here.

NKY water experts invited to attend White House summit

It’s no secret that areas of the country – and much of the world – are water-stressed to varying degrees. But it may surprise some to learn of the work being done by our region’s water experts to help address the problem on a global scale.
Last month Confluence, the region’s water innovation cluster, were invited to attend a White House summit where scientists, politicians and environmental advocates from all over the country discussed the challenges they face and brainstormed possible solutions.

Like many attendees to the event, which was the first of its kind hosted by the White House, Confluence representative Melinda Kruyer said more funding is needed to implement water solutions.

“We’re seeing challenges that we’ve never seen before – algae toxins and lead in the water – at degrees we didn’t realize,” Kruyer said. “We need funding to implement the solutions to those problems.”

The EPA founded Confluence in January 2011 to bring together businesses, government, researchers and other organizations to identify issues and develop programs to keep water clean in the Ohio Valley area, including Cincinnati, Dayton, Northern Kentucky and Southern Indiana.
Read the full WCPO Cincinnati story here.

Fourth round of Covington Creative Community Grants now open

The Center for Great Neighborhoods is seeking applicants for its fourth round of Creative Community Grants intended to engage and impact Covington for the better.
In its most recent grant cycle, the focus was on building an inclusive community for all. A total of $30,000 was awarded to grantees creating unique opportunities for togetherness “from incorporating personal possessions into a mosaic mural to highlighting the collective artistic talents of an entire neighborhood to learning culinary techniques in a new way alongside the blind and visually impaired,” says Shannon Ratterman, the Center's Program Manager of Community Development.
In the new round of grants, the focus is on health.
“We believe that the health of the community is dependent upon the health of its residents,” Ratterman says. “When residents have access to physical activity, healthy foods and good medical care, they are more likely to succeed in other aspects of their lives.”
Read the full Soapbox story here.


Paddlefest offers a number of changes for 15th annual splash in August

Greater Cincinnati’s Paddlefest event, which attracts 2,000 canoers and kayakers to the Ohio River each year, is undergoing a number of changes in 2016, including a new date, a different route, route guides and a new sponsor. The 15th annual Paddlefest will be held on Aug. 6, nearly a month later than usual.
Paddlefest was postponed last year due to heavy rains that flooded the Ohio River. By moving the event to later in the summer, organizers hope to avoid the rainier months.
Paddlefest will be a bit longer this year, with an 8.9-mile trip that takes participants under all six Ohio River bridges in Cincinnati. The event will start at Schmidt Recreation Complex in the East End and end with a celebration at Gilday Park in Riverside, with a mid-point stop in Covington. In previous years, Paddlefest started at Coney Island and ended at the Public Landing downtown and was 8.4 miles long.

Read the full Soapbox story here.
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