Healthy Pittsfield

Healthy Pittsfield The Partnership promotes healthy lifestyle through four key action areas: Active Living, Healthy Eating, Tobacco Free Living & Mental Well-Being.

Through collaborative initiatives, partners work to fulfill its mission by organizing resources, events, outreach, education, and advocacy efforts to increase community members’ access to no-cost and low-cost opportunities to improve health outcomes via the four key action areas. Healthy Pittsfield Partnership is under the guidance of the City of Pittsfield Health Department and Board of Health.

Mission: The mission of the Healthy Pittsfield Partnership is to develop and implement community-based initiatives that will measurably improve the health and quality of life of Pittsfield’s residents and work force.

01/03/2020

The City of Pittsfield Recreation Program and the Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires invite the first 100 people through the door during the Public Skate at the Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires to free admission for skating as well as free skate rental (limited size availability) if needed on the following dates:

Saturday, January 11 from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 25 from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 1 from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 15 from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 18 from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

February 1 is sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union and February 15 by The Pittsfield Cooperative Bank.


The Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires is located at 16 Melville Street.

12/17/2019

Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC) needs input for a Berkshire County outdoor recreation plan. Please take some time to fill out the survey, and share with any and all contacts who participate in outdoor recreation here in the Berkshires. Here is the survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BRKOutdoorRec

Also, there will be a Public Form on Berkshire County Outdoor Recreation on Wednesday, January 8th, from 5-7pm at Hotel on North. It is an opportunity to share what you want from outdoor recreation experiences in the Berkshires.

10/03/2019
07/30/2019
makesmokinghistory.org

Own any properties❓Thinking about going Tobacco-free⁉️ We can help‼️ Support for creating a smoke-free housing policy is available to all Pittsfield landlords and tenants at no cost! 🚬💨💸🤑🚭

The work is already done… there are sample letters, lease addendums, notices, signs, and policies ready to use! We are here to help you develop a plan and throughout the process.

Learn more in this toolkit or Landlord’s Guide below, or feel free to message us for more information!
http://makesmokinghistory.org/smoke-free-environments/smoke-free-housing/how-to-go-smoke-free-a-toolkit-for-multi-unit-housing/
http://makesmokinghistory.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/landlord_Guide.pdf

Hey Pittsfield! I heard some excitement is brewing for August 10th.. Better save the date! Keep an eye out for our Healt...
07/25/2019
The Bach Project Yo-Yo Ma

Hey Pittsfield! I heard some excitement is brewing for August 10th.. Better save the date!

Keep an eye out for our Healthy Pittsfield raffle at the Roots Rising farmers market in the Commons!

More information on that coming soon.. I even heard there may be a special musician hosting some activities in the park too!
Here's your hint below 🤫😍

https://bach.yo-yoma.com/

Our next monthly Healthy Pittsfield partnership meeting is Tuesday, July 16th,  9:00 – 10:30 a.m.  City Hall, 70 Allen S...
07/09/2019
Healthy Pittsfield

Our next monthly Healthy Pittsfield partnership meeting is Tuesday, July 16th, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. City Hall, 70 Allen Street, Room 203.

Join us to learn more about current initiatives and to share your ideas! Take a look at what our partnership has accomplished so far! ⤵️https://www.cityofpittsfield.org/city_hall/health_and_inspections/healthy_pittsfield/index.php

All are welcome and we'd love to meet some new faces, hope to see you there! 🍎😄

Healthy Pittsfield is a community partnership comprised of various city, school, business and health service representatives, launched under the guidance of the City of Pittsfield Health Department. The mission of the partnership is to develop and implement community based initiatives that will meas...

07/08/2019
www.cityofpittsfield.org

Looking for a presenter on a health topic?

The Healthy Pittsfield Partnership has launched a Health & Wellness Speakers Bureau! Local partner organizations are offering over 40 topics for work-site and community groups interested in having a speaker present on a health topic.

Learning about natural stress busters, inspiring nutritional improvements, and tips on how to stay young are just a few of the topics that can motivate us to improve our self-care. 👣🧠🌷💦🎨🌅🙌📚

Check out the link to our list below!

https://www.cityofpittsfield.org/city_hall/health_and_inspections/healthy_pittsfield/docs/Health%20&%20Wellness%20Speakers%20Bureau%202018.pdf

06/18/2019
YouTube

One of our primary goals this summer is to remind everyone to practice healthy eating habits! One person we take notes from in the kitchen is Anna Gershenson!

Check out her show on Youtube, “The Natural Cook with Anna Gershenson” featuring delicious and healthy summer salads and recipes perfect for any BBQ now! Also be sure to keep an eye out for some new recipes coming soon! #HealthyEating #HealthyPittsfield #HealthyLiving #ShopLocal #intheBerkshires

🍓🥗🥔🥕🥦🍚🍅
Link to her channel below:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpO8dbOIyjU_ObYL5AsPThw

Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube.

What a great way to get outside, learn something new, and incorporate one of our main goals of Active Living! ⛳️#ActiveL...
06/18/2019

What a great way to get outside, learn something new, and incorporate one of our main goals of Active Living! ⛳️

#ActiveLiving #HealthyPittsfield #intheBerkshires

There are still some spots available in the Sticks for Kids program!

Sticks for Kids will be a FREE, 3 day program June 26 to June 28, 2019 for Pittsfield children ages 6 to 11. The program will run from 9:00 to 11:00 am that Wednesday thru Friday at Pittsfield High School, 300 East Street. Junior golf clubs will be available if participants do not have them. Pre-registration is required, and is first come, first serve. Due to the popularity of the program, the number of participants will be limited to 100; flyers with registration forms should have been sent home through Pittsfield Schools.

Sticks for Kids is a program meant to introduce and teach youth the basics of golf including the fundamentals, rules, and etiquette. It also is a program meant to ensure youth would have the opportunity and access to learn the game of golf.

This program is made possible by the Golf Course Builders Association of America Foundation (GCBAA), the National Recreation and Park Association, and local support of Pittsfield Public School’s Athletic Director Jim Abel.

For more information, please call 499-9371.

Thank you to everyone engaged in the forum!!!
05/16/2019

Thank you to everyone engaged in the forum!!!

Nonotuck staff Sandy and Jannelle (and baby Meadow!) were proud to represent Nonotuck at the Healthy Pittsfield Partnership Forum yesterday. The Partnership is working hard to meet the health and wellness needs of Pittsfield, MA.

The people in attendance were all passionate leaders who serve the local community. From yoga to pickle ball to opioid recovery to nutrition - every aspect of health and wellness in the community was represented. It was great to hear about all the different resources that are available and to discuss what work needs to be done.

Thank you to Healthy Pittsfield Partnership for bringing us all together. We look forward to working together to serve our community!

Congratulations to 5th grade students at Crosby Elementary and  Silvio O. Conte Community School who  completed  the Hil...
04/04/2019

Congratulations to 5th grade students at Crosby Elementary and Silvio O. Conte Community School who completed the Hillcrest Commons Healthy Hero task book. The program is a fun interactive project that conveys a range of positive health messages to young people. The messages include the importance of keeping physical active and leading a healthy lifestyle. Healthy Pittsfield is a proud supporter of Hillcrest Commons Healthy Hero Program

11/13/2018

Are you a landlord who has been thinking about implementing a no-smoking rule? Here is a link for an upcoming information session about implementing this policy. Nov 28th, 6-7:30 in Pittsfield

https://www.cityofpittsfield.org/city_hall/health_and_inspections/docs/Tobacco/NOOP%20Smoke-free%20Policy%20Flyer.pdf

09/18/2018
06/14/2018
TickPSA

While you enjoy summertime outdoor activities, don't forget about tick-bite prevention! If you do find a tick attached to you, here is the proper removal technique.

https://youtu.be/7l8R6-HGOKY

First cut of Health Department Tick PSA

Pittsfield's Mayor's Fitness Challenge
04/20/2018

Pittsfield's Mayor's Fitness Challenge

Save the Date!

The official Kick-Off for 2018's Mayor's Fitness Challenge is Saturday, May 19th from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm in conjunction with the Downtown Pittsfield Farmer's Market at the Common!

More details to come!

Registration is now OPEN! Do you have your team ready?
Register at www.berkshiremfc.com

04/19/2018
Healthy Pittsfield's cover photo
03/22/2018

Healthy Pittsfield's cover photo

Do you spend your day sitting at a desk? Whether you're a student, you work from home or in an office, it's important to...
03/22/2018
9 Office Stretches You Can Do at Your Desk | The Beachbody Blog

Do you spend your day sitting at a desk? Whether you're a student, you work from home or in an office, it's important to get up and stretch. Here are 9 quick and easy stretches to keep you flexible and help get you through you day.

If you suffer from tension or pain in your neck, shoulders, back, or hips from working behind a desk all day, try these office stretches for relief.

03/15/2018
Front Lawn Food - Greenagers

Are you interested in growing your own food? Would you like to give back to the community while encouraging young people to do the same?

"The Front Lawn Food program, in collaboration with Berkshire Community Action Council, encourages local families to grow their own organic veggies. Garden beds are constructed and installed by Greenagers staff and youth, with summertime advice and periodic garden check-ins available to garden owners. Included in the purchase price of a garden, is the donation of a garden to a local family in need. Each garden is composed of one 4’x8′ raised bed, built from locally-sourced wood and filled with an organic soil/compost mix. Garden beds are planted with organic seeds and starts of your choice. Each bed converts into a winter greenhouse for year-round growing. The total cost of the two beds (one to be donated), fully installed and planted out, is $600. We are now accepting orders for the 2018 growing season."

https://greenagers.org/portfolioitem/front-lawn-food/

The Front Lawn Food program, in collaboration with Berkshire Community Action Council, encourages local families to grow their own organic veggies. Garden beds are constructed and installed by Greenagers staff and youth, with summertime advice and periodic garden check-ins available to garden owners...

01/18/2018

Let’s Clear the Air!

The home is where most people are exposed to secondhand smoke, resulting in elevated levels of lung cancer, stroke, heart disease and respiratory problems, SIDS and other health problems. There is no safe level of secondhand smoke exposure.

How does a rental property go smoke-Free?
Technical Assistance Support for creating smoke-free housing policies is available to Pittsfield landlords and tenants. Contact the Tobacco Free Community Partnership for information and guidance. (413) 236-2145

Why go Smoke-Free in multi-unit rental properties?
• Over 96% of tenants in MA who currently live in a smoke-free building support it.
• About 80% of residents are immediately less interested in a unit if they smell smoke when viewing the property.
• Save money by reducing the need for smoke related repairs.
• Reduce conflict between tenants.
• No-smoking rules reduce the risk of fires, injury and death and potentially reduce owner insurance premiums.

What you can do during extreme cold weather-Continue to check the media for emergency information.-Follow instructions f...
01/04/2018
Extreme Cold Safety Tips

What you can do during extreme cold weather

-Continue to check the media for emergency information.

-Follow instructions from public safety officials.

-Reduce outdoor activities for the whole family, including pets.

-Dress in several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight clothing instead of a single heavy layer. Outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent. Wear a hat, mittens (not gloves), and sturdy waterproof boots to protect your arms, legs, hands and feet. Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs.

-Follow recommended safety precautions when using space heaters, a fireplace, or a woodstove to heat your home. Keep a fire extinguisher handy.

-Make sure emergency generators or secondary heating systems are well ventilated.

-If you lose heating, move into a single room. At night, cover windows and external doors with extra blankets or sheets.

-Wrap pipes in insulation or layers of newspapers covered in plastic to prevent them from freezing. Let a trickle of warm water run from a faucet to keep water moving through your pipes.

-If your pipes freeze, open all faucets all the way, remove any insulation, and heat the frozen pipe with a hair dryer or wrap with towels soaked in hot water. Never use an open flame to thaw pipes.

-Check with your local authorities or Call 2-1-1 to find warming centers or shelters near you.

-In the event of a power outage, you may need to take extra precautions or go to an emergency shelter to stay warm.

-Know the symptoms of and watch out for cold-related illnesses. Call 9-1-1 to report emergencies.

-Be a good neighbor. Check on family, friends, and neighbors, especially the elderly, those who live alone, those with medical conditions, and those who may need extra help.

For more information: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/extreme-cold-safety-tips

Extreme cold is generally defined as a prolonged period of excessively cold weather. Extreme cold conditions are often, but not always, part of winter storms.

“This free event will feature information and demonstrations to improve your health and well-being. There will be food a...
12/30/2017

“This free event will feature information and demonstrations to improve your health and well-being. There will be food and drink samples, professional fitness trainers, blood pressure testing, various workshops, and much more! Don't miss out, pre-register today for free at berkshireeagle.com/healthexpo. Your pre-registration also includes a chance to win door prizes!”
Here is the event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/524571384577785/

As the weather gets colder it becomes more and more important to stay safe and dress warm! Here are some tips and inform...
12/29/2017

As the weather gets colder it becomes more and more important to stay safe and dress warm! Here are some tips and information from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA).

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) urges you to prepare for the extremely cold weather that is expected for the rest of this week and potentially into the middle of next week. Daytime high temperatures will likely not rise above the teens from Thursday through the weekend. High temperatures in some interior locations may not rise above the single digits. Overnight low temperatures will drop to 0 to -10 degrees north of the Mass Pike and to the single digits over southeast Massachusetts. Wind chills during this period could be as low as 15 to 25 degrees below zero, particularly in western Massachusetts. The coldest periods are forecast to be Wednesday night into Thursday morning and Thursday night into Friday morning. Another bout of especially low wind chills is possible Saturday night into Sunday morning and Sunday night into Monday morning.

See http://www.mass.gov/service-details/extreme-cold-safety-tips for safety and preparedness tips for yourself, family, pets, house and car. See http://www.mass.gov/keepwarmkeepsafe for information on preventing heating fires during the cold weather.

For some of us, less daylight and colder temperatures may contribute to a decrease in mood and energy, causing less moti...
12/09/2017

For some of us, less daylight and colder temperatures may contribute to a decrease in mood and energy, causing less motivation to engage in the very activities that may help us to feel better. Exposure to as much light as possible can help:
• Walk outside on your work break even if it is only for a few minutes (keeping walking shoes and layers/hats/gloves at work will help to stay active throughout the season)
• Starting a weekend walking group or engaging a friend or coworker to join you can provide the support you need to get moving even on days you feel more inclined to stay inside

Enjoyment can also be found inside. Pittsfield has many local indoor opportunities for physical activity. For ideas, check out the Active Living Resource List that Healthy Pittsfield Partners developed at www.cityofpittsfield.org/city_hall/health_and_inspections/healthy_pittsfield

Cold weather in the Berkshires should not stop you from aerobic outdoor fun. It is possible to be outside to enjoy your ...
12/08/2017

Cold weather in the Berkshires should not stop you from aerobic outdoor fun. It is possible to be outside to enjoy your run, hike, walk or any winter activity without discomfort. The key to being outside is to make sure you are protected from the elements.

When considering what to wear there are many technical fabrics that are the best for athletes. Cotton is a dangerous material to have next to your skin; it tends to hold on to moisture and makes the body work harder to maintain your core body temperature. A proper set of clothes will allow heat to escape when necessary and also to hold heat in when facing dire cold temperatures, wind and snow.

Correct outwear, base layers and footwear, including yaktraks, trail shoes and the like; will ensure your success to be a 365 day outdoor athlete. Be prepared for the inclement weather, ice and snow.

The Berkshires are as beautiful in the winter as in all other seasons; get out there and enjoy!

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As a community member of the Healthy Pittsfield Partnership Committee, I attended the wonderful forum that took place at Hillcrest Commons on Tuesday. I feel very grateful and encouraged that there are so many people and agencies working hard and providing services and activities that promote healthy living for our community. An example is the "Walking School Bus" to elementary schools, in which students will walk in a group with trained adults instead of being driven to school on a particular day of the week. Another example is the Community Bike Ride on May 25 at 10:00 am which incorporates a leisurely six mile ride (police escorted) from Controy Pavilion at Onota Lake's Burbank Park to Pittsfield State Forest and back. This would be a fun and healthy activity for the whole family!
Healthy Pittsfield Partners is a volunteer group who have organised such events as the Mayors’ Fitness Challenge, the walking School Bus, a community resource guide, a speakers’ bureau and more. We are always looking to promote local chapters dedicated to the health and well-being of our community. One of our visions is to have a more cohesive and collaborative network of health professional working together across the health fields. This includes doctors, dentists, nurses, psychologists, personal trainers, yoga teachers, addiction counsellors, chiropractors and more. It takes a village to keep a village healthy. Our first forum (May 14th, 9-11am) is an opportunity to have the different levels of health care come together and explore how we can support each other to up-level the health of our community. Isolated fixes are a fragmented approach to health care and usually are not enough in themselves to transition an individual to a truly inspired life-style change. Coming together, discussing ways to support each other and getting to know each other could be a new paradigm of potential for our community’s health and well-being.
Im hoping someone can recommend a church near downtown that is very traditional. thanks.
Spin class tomorrow. Free. Fun! Book via the free MINDBODY app, as of now, 7 bikes left. Hurry. Berkshire Running Center