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McKeesport Area joins health department's Live Well Allegheny campaign

| Friday, Dec. 4, 2015, 12:56 a.m.

McKeesport Area School District is one of four new entities signed on to Allegheny County Health Department's Live Well Allegheny campaign.

The health department said Thursday that McKeesport Area and West Allegheny bring to five the number of school districts involved, after Clairton City, Duquesne City and Pittsburgh, while Sewickley and Turtle Creek bring to 22 the number of municipalities.

“We're very excited to partner with the county on their Live Well initiative,” said district spokeswoman Kristen Davis. McKeesport Area's school board adopted a resolution joining the initiative on Aug. 19.

“Each new Live Well Allegheny commitment expands the impact of our collective effort to improve the health of Allegheny County residents,” said health department director Dr. Karen Hacker.

“Our goal from the beginning is to have the engagement and involvement of a vast number of stakeholders in this effort because it's only by working together that we're going to be able to help our community be healthier,” county Executive Rich Fitzgerald said.

In its resolution, McKeesport Area made a commitment to a comprehensive healthy schools program that offers fruits and vegetables at all meals in district cafeterias and 2-percent milk instead of whole milk.

“We look forward to a great partnership moving forward and continuing to offer healthy choices to our students, staff and community,” Davis said.

The district will utilize websites and social media to provide information on physical activity, nutrition, stress management, tobacco cessation and other wellness initiatives as well as promote increased consumption of water.

“Your diet, the way you live, and how you exercise are important things,” said Allegheny County Councilman Bob Macey, D-West Mifflin, whose council District 9 includes the McKeesport Area municipalities of McKeesport, White Oak, Versailles, South Versailles and Dravosburg.

“They're important for your health and well-being, but also impact your ability to learn and achieve your goals,” Macey said. “I'm thrilled to see the school district recognize that connection.”

Other communities that have signed on are the cities of Clairton and Pittsburgh, boroughs of Braddock Hills, Brentwood, Chalfant, Dormont, Etna, Forest Hills, Heidelberg and West View and townships of Collier, Findlay, Kennedy, McCandless, North Fayette, Ohio, Ross, Scott, South Fayette and Wilkins.

Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1967, or pcloonan@tribweb.com.

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