FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 10, 2020
City of Kingston Releases 2019 Health & Wellness Annual Report
KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Noble and the City of Kingston’s Director of Health and Wellness Emily Flynn are pleased to release the department’s 2019 Annual Report.
“The Department of Health and Wellness was established in 2018, and I am so proud of the work that has been accomplished in just two years,” said Mayor Noble. “Quality of life in our City starts with the health of our residents and that often goes beyond medical care. We want our community members to thrive in all aspects of their lives and I believe that starts with creating a culture of wellness.”
The Department of Health and Wellness is charged with coordinating the Live Well Kingston Commission and its five subcommittees, being a community health liaison, and supporting projects that increase health in the City of Kingston. Along with coordination, the department is tasked with communicating about health, community organizations, and LWK initiatives via social media and online, radio interviews, and networking.
The Live Well Kingston Commission’s five focus teams: Eat Well, Play Well, Travel Well, Age Well, and Heal Well, have built coalitions with over 40 community organizations and 312 participants during 40 meetings in 2019. The department has managed grant projects, expanded community connections, added capacity to ongoing City projects, implemented many Focus Team projects, and continued Live Well Kingston communications and outreach.
“Together with our community partners, we have offered programming, hosted events, changed policy, and encouraged systems change,” said Director Emily Flynn. “Much of the work we do is coalition building and our connections with our community has never been stronger. In 2020, we plan to strengthen those relationships, identify gaps in resources, and create shared goals. We would like to improve the daily life for everyone in Kingston by increasing healthy options.”
To read more about the 2019 accomplishments and 2020 goals for the City’s Health and Wellness department, please see the 2019 Annual Report.