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Public Education Radio Campaign Shows Californians Working Together to Make Their Communities Healthier

How can Californians live healthier when their communities make it difficult to make healthier choices in their daily lives? According to a new radio campaign from CA4Health and aired by the California Broadcasters Association, the solution is to work together at the local level to make changes that will make it easier for people to make healthier choices when it comes to their diet, physical activity, where they live, and how they manage their health.

The two organizations recently launched a public education radio campaign suggesting several ways that Californians can make that happen. Each of the spots in the campaign, which will air in both English and Spanish, opens with the same question: “How can we make healthy choices, when those choices are out of reach?”

The radio spots focus on the goals and strategies of CA4Health, a project of the nonprofit Public Health Institute funded by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s (CDC) Community Transformation Grant program to work with local health departments and community partners to make California’s rural and less populous counties healthier places to live:

•  reducing consumption of sugary drinks by increasing access to healthier beverages including water,

•  increasing physical activity through Safe Routes to Schools programs and more walkable/bikeable communities,

•  reducing exposure to secondhand smoke by increasing access to smoke-free multi-unit housing,

•  strengthening linkages to clinical services by increasing access to Community Health Workers and workshops for individuals living with high blood pressure and/or high cholesterol to help them better manage their chronic conditions.

“People living in rural and more remote parts of our state face unique challenges in terms of access to resources and information that can improve their health,” said Robert Berger, Program Director for CA4Health. “Our new partnership with the California Broadcasters Association and its member stations will play a critical role in using the power of local radio to inform and inspire community involvement and action.”

The issues highlighted in the education campaign are among the most important facing our state.

•  Approximately nine million Californians live in apartments and other multi-unit housing, and studies show that being subjected to drifting secondhand tobacco smoke is a significant health hazard. The CDC estimates that exposure to secondhand smoke increases heart disease and lung cancer risk for adults by 20-30% and causes more severe and frequent asthma attacks for children.

•  Sugary drinks are the leading source of added sugar in the American diet, a leading cause of the diabetes and obesity epidemics.

•  The number of California students that walk or bike to school has declined by nearly half over the past forty years, depriving millions of children of a healthy source of daily physical activity.

“We are happy to help spread the word about how communities can become healthier places to live and work,” said Stan Statham, President and CEO of the California Broadcasters Association. “Our member stations serving these rural markets play a vital role in informing and educating their listeners and are embracing this opportunity to make a healthy difference in people’s lives.” Since the campaign began in January, more than 55 member stations have aired the English and Spanish language spots.

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Aboriginal Jobs Together Partnership Announces Traineeships And Cadetships In NSW Care Sector

Aboriginal job seekers can now apply for a range of training and job opportunities in the disability services sector as part of the National Disability Services – Aboriginal Jobs Together partnership initiative.

This project supports the placement of 155 Aboriginal Trainees and Cadets with individual pre-employment and vocational training support, while building the capacity of non-government organisations in the disability and community services sector to employ Aboriginal people.

NDS is the national peak body for disability services, representing 700 non-government organisations nationally. Through the Aboriginal Jobs Together partnership, NDS has been working with its members throughout NSW to develop and increase the availability, level of training and jobs in the NSW disability services sector.

In NSW, the rate of Aboriginal unemployment is currently more than four times the rate of non-Aboriginal job seekers. Through dedicated Aboriginal Regional Coordinators, NDS is working closely with all partner organisations to develop innovative localised approaches to support these exciting employment opportunities for Aboriginal job seekers.

Dylan Reynolds, Indigenous Programs Manager at National Disability Services – Aboriginal Jobs Together, said the initiative provides a vital connection between employers, Aboriginal job seekers and disability service providers.

“Today’s advertisement of traineeship and cadetship positions with 30 providers will increase Aboriginal employment, help build a more culturally diverse workforce and better support Aboriginal people seeking disability services,” he said.

“Successful trainees will receive individual assistance in making the transition into training and building skills for turning training into future employment. Aboriginal people will emerge from this traineeship prepared for promising and fulfilling careers, and obtain certificate qualifications recognised by the NSW Department of Education.

“The disability sector provides an ideal opportunity for learning new skills as part of a dedicated team making a difference in people’s lives. More than 26,000 people work in community and disability support in NSW and demand is growing.

“We’ve had an overwhelming response from employers ready to close the gap in Aboriginal employment, with more than 282 expressions of interest for trainee positions across NSW.

“I encourage all Aboriginal job seekers to visit our Aboriginal Jobs Together website for more details on starting a new and rewarding career today,” he said.

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Blair Rewards Across The Nation Spur Community Growth Amid Troubled Times

Our economy definitely requires us to think out of the box when it comes to helping our local communities get back on their feet from the current economic downturn. Local cities are pulling their people together to do their part in generating hope for the economy.

Across the nation Blair rewards is doing its part to support the struggling economy. Blair rewards in Nebraska can help with lodging, site seeing, shopping and more. Communities are saving money through Blair Rewards. It is an indicator that local people are coming together and doing their part during our troubled economic crisis.

blair rewards in Nebraska is helping individuals with great benefits and savings. There are plenty of Blair rewards in Nebraska with golf courses, shopping and a variety of parks. Blair, Nebraska is splendor at its best. It is a beautiful place that is worth visiting time and again. The local Econo Lodge is doing its part giving incentive’s to individuals who come to their location. They provide discounts on stays and their facility is an excellent resource for finding wonderful local dining and attractions.

blair rewards in Kentucky are taking innovative methodologies. Kentucky is taking the made in America local. The city of Blair rewards in Kentucky. They have put together a Blair rewards program that helps local farmers and restaurants come together to use and showcase this program. The Blair rewards are helping the community not only use local products, but the program also helps save on transportation costs to other markets, which is good for the environment.

Students are involved with the Blair rewards in Kentucky. Universities are doing their part to help promote the buy local atmosphere. It is a great thing to see happening in rural and local communities.

The Blair rewards in Kentucky as well as the Blair rewards in Nebraska is a good start to helping the economy recover from the present downturn. The more we pull together as a community, the better chance we have at getting through this recession and moving forward as a society.

Bobby Blair is an environmentally conscious individual interested in politics, the economy and finding innovative methods for helping the community such as blair rewards. Stumbling upon Blair rewards in Kentucky as well as Blair rewards in Nebraska was a welcomed sign that people are doing things to help out their local communities.

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Bringing The Sierra To The State Capital: Sierra Nevada Leaders Honored With Vision 2020 Award In Sacramento

Some of the greatest things happen under conditions of adversity and at Sierra Business Council we’re committed to approaches that create opportunity from those exact circumstances. Community members, organizations, and businesses are still doing great work, doubling their efforts, and calling for change despite the economic downturn and the uncertainty we face.

Each year, the regional sustainability non-profit, Sierra Business Council, hosts an event to recognize and encourage leadership in the Sierra, honoring community members as their work continues to achieve excellence in projects and approaches that foster community vitality, environmental quality, economic prosperity, and social fairness.

Throughout the Sierra, we recognize the growing need to bridge the divide between rural and urban communities in California. Bringing our Vision 2020 celebration to Sacramento does just that. Steve Frisch, SBC President

As a way to highlight the issue, this year’s theme for the Vision 2020 Awards is a Sierra Getaway Party. This free event is open to anyone who wants to “escape to the Sierra” for the evening.

Sierra Business Council’s 2008 Vision 2020 Awards Celebration features presentations from Vision 2020 Award winners and appetizers and dessert sourced from the Sierra with the help of the Placer Gold Slow Food chapter.

This year’s winners include the partnership between Executive Chef Mark Estee of Moody’s Bistro & Lounge, Baxter’s Bistro and Lounge, and Founder of Burger Me in Truckee, CA and Gary Romano from Sierra Valley Farms. This duo has demonstrated support for sustainable food in the Sierra Valley, Lake Tahoe and Placer County areas. Gary and Mark’s relationship demonstrates commitment to local farmers and sustainable agriculture.

John Wentworth of Mammoth Lakes is being honored for his accomplishments with Mammoth Lakes Trails and Public Access (MLTPA). MLTPA has worked diligently to bring much-deserved focus and attention to the future of the Mammoth community and its critical relationship with environmental resources. MLTPA has engaged with Town government, federal agencies, other nonprofits, the public, and private businesses to work collaboratively toward its mission.

Paul Hardy, Executive Director of Feather River Land Trust, has been awarded for his achievement in building one of the most effective and enduring land trusts in California. Paul has demonstrated a remarkable commitment to partnership and collaboration and has imparted a strong ethic of conservation among many leaders.

Phil Carville, President and CEO of Carville Sierra Inc., a family owned and operated development company, is being awarded for his outstanding work on the Loma Rica Ranch project in the City of Grass Valley. Phil has become one of the region’s most determined spokesmen for New Urbanism, Traditional Neighborhood Design, and Smart Growth within the Sierra Nevada.

SBC’s 2008 Vision 2020 Awards Celebration takes place on Thursday, March 19, 2009 from 6:00-10:00pm and is hosted at The Grand Ballroom in Sacramento, CA located at 629 J Street. Please visit www.sbcouncil.org for more information.

RSVP requested at www.sbcouncil.org/celebratesierra

Sierra Business Council is hosting a press conference for its annual Vision 2020 Awards starting promptly at 5:30pm at The Grand Ballroom the evening of the 19th. Press packet can be found online at www.sbcouncil.org Tuesday the 17th.

About Sierra Business Council
The Sierra Business Council serves the entire Sierra Nevada region. As a nonprofit association of more than 750 businesses, agencies, and individual members, Sierra Business Council is committed to promoting a new perspective on regional wealth while emphasizing collaboration in planning and policy making.

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