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Herkimer County HealthNet Awards Grants to Herkimer County Playground and Trail Projects


July 9, 2012

HERKIMER – Herkimer County HealthNet’s Wellness Committee selected four municipalities and organizations this year in Herkimer County for playground and trail development and enhancement projects. The grants were funded by the New York State Department of Health’s Creating Healthy Places to Live, Work and Play grant. The awards are as follows.


• Little Falls School District - Benton Hall Academy Playground - $11,100
• Town of Ohio – Municipal Fitness Trail - $10,000
• Town of Russia – Nature Trail - $10,000
• Town of Webb – Waterfront Recreation & Revitalization - $9,903


Herkimer County HealthNet also awarded municipalities and non-profit organizations more than $28,000 worth of playground surface material as part of a program aimed to meet playground foundation codes and standards by the New York State Department of Health. The ultimate goal of the program is to increase the use of playgrounds in Herkimer County by making them safer.


Herkimer County HealthNet is a New York State Department of Health Funded Rural Health Network that administers the Creating Healthy Places to Live, Work and Play grant. Creating Healthy Places to Live, Work and Play focuses on preventing obesity and Type 2 Diabetes by supporting environmental changes in Herkimer County.


In an effort to save money related to health care costs and productivity losses, Creating Healthy Places contractors such as Herkimer County HealthNet are working to prevent obesity and Type 2 Diabetes by working on projects and promoting messages that aim to increase good nutrition and physical activity across New York State.


Herkimer County HealthNet’s mission is to improve the health and well-being of individuals who live, work, play, and learn in Herkimer County.




Karen Huxtable-Hooker, Public & Media Relations Director
Bassett Healthcare Network
Phone: 607-547-4581

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The HCHN has been in existence since 1990. Its membership has continuously expanded and has served as an effective forum for Herkimer County providers to identify, discuss, and resolve health and social service issues and concerns. As a direct result of grants by the New York State Department of Health: Office of Rural Health, the Network significantly increased levels of coordination and collaboration among health and social service providers.

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