Organizations often want to do more to keep kids active, but don’t have the equipment or supplies to do so.
Thanks to the Rural Health Network of Oswego County, that challenge has gotten a little easier.
The Rural Health Network’s County Health Issues subcommittee is collaborating to improve access to health care and preventative services; to improve healthy behaviors by addressing chronic disease, tobacco use, physical activity and nutrition; and decrease the impact that co-morbid conditions have on the physical health of Oswego County residents.
As part of its physical activity objective the committee surveyed every municipal and YMCA recreation program in Oswego County that serves low-income youth.
The goal of the survey was to discover how many youth are being served, what activities are offered, how to increase physical activity for the youth and what these programs would need to do so.
“We wanted to know what activities youth were involved with and what new activities they would be interested in,” said Danielle Wert, program coordinator for the rural Health Network.
“We visited the sites, spoke with staff members as well as the youth they serve to determine what their needs were,” she said. “We identified recreation programs at Selkirk Shores, Palermo, and the Oswego YMCA as programs that were need of equipment.”
“Dick’s Sporting Goods and Gopher Sports worked with us so that we were able to purchase the additional equipment these programs were in need of.,” Wert said.
“From portable basketball hoops to soccer and playground balls, soccer nets, lacrosse equipment and more, we were able to provide them a wide range of equipment that will help to increase the physical activity of the youth participating in these programs,” she said.
Wert said in addition to the benefits of increased physical activity, participation in these programs will also aid youth in their character development.
“Many of the playground balls that we purchased have positive character messages such as ‘honesty’ and ‘courage.’ Activity coordinators will be able to incorporate these character traits into the activities as a learning tool,” said Wert.
For the Rural Health Network’s County Health Issues subcommittee, chaired by Senior Public Health Educator for the Oswego County Health Department Diane Oldenburg, this purchase of recreational equipment is just the beginning of its mission to encourage and enhance physical activity for youth. “We will continue to assist recreation programs throughout Oswego County and do what we can to help them meet the physical activity needs of our youth,” added Wert.
Operating under the auspices of OCO Inc., the Rural Health Network is a consortium of health care providers and human service providers in Oswego County.
For more information on the Rural Health Network of Oswego County, contact Danielle Wert at 592-0827, or visit www.oco.org.
Oswego County Youth Works is available to help students ages 16 to 20 find summer work.
The Oswego County Youth Works Program is recruiting for the 2014 Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). This year’s SYEP is slated to run from July 7 through Aug. 15, with most youth working 25 hours per week. Continue reading →
The deadline has been extended to May 30 to register for Oswego Hospital’s MASH Camp.
This year’s MASH Camp (Medical Academy of Science and Health) is 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 30 and 31. During the camp, students will take part in hands-on activities such as learning how to suture, which is taught by the hospital surgery center staff.
There will also be tours of many departments, providing the students with a behind-the-scenes look at the hospital and the healthcare jobs available.
Students can access the online application by visiting the CNYAHEC website cnyahec.org.
Residents of Oswego County will be able to dispose of old tires at free events coming up May 17 and June 14.
The events are being held in an effort to help people get rid of waste tires, which often act as breeding ground for disease-carrying mosquitoes. Mosquitoes can transmit Eastern equine encephalitis, which killed a New Haven girl in 2010.
Oswego County residents will be able to drop off a maximum of eight tires at five locations throughout the county, with the usual $5 fee for tire-drop off being waived. Continue reading →
Friends of Camp Hollis will host a fun-filled day at Camp Hollis at its annual open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 18.
“This is a great opportunity to visit the site, ask questions, meet some of the camp staff, and experience a taste of the camping environment,” said Brandon Morey, coordinator of recreation and youth development for the Oswego City – County Youth Bureau and director of Camp Hollis. Continue reading →