County Installs Water Bottle Filling Stations and Implements Healthy Meeting Policy
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Chautauqua County Office of the County Executive
Chautauqua County was recently awarded funding from Chautauqua County Health Network (CCHN) to install new water bottle filling station fountains. The award was issued through the “Creating Healthy Schools and Communities” grant program, which included funding available to employers located in participating school districts to encourage healthier lifestyles and options in the workplace.
“It has been a goal of mine since taking office to install water bottle filling stations in our county facilities to encourage everyone to drink more water while reducing the use of disposable water bottles,” said George Borrello, Chautauqua County Executive. “However, we had minimal funding which would only cover a few units so I cannot thank Ann and the CCHN team enough for helping us close the gap to install them in all of our major office locations. Not only is this good for our employees and visitors but it is good for the environment as we use less plastic water bottles.”
The new stations have been installed and are located on all floors of the South County Office Building and at the Chautauqua County Airport in Jamestown, all floors of the North County Office Building in Dunkirk, and on the first and third floors of the Gerace Office Building and Hall R. Clothier Buildings in Mayville. County Employees were also given Chautauqua County logo reusable cups during the annual employee recognition events last December, in anticipation of the fountain installations.
“The Chautauqua County Health and Wellness Committee supports these efforts by the County Executive to promote a healthy environment within the county,” said Jessica Wisniewski, County Human Resources Director and wellness committee member. “We are glad to have partnered with CCHN in the purchase of these fountains and truly appreciate these initiatives to improve the health of our workforce.”
As part of accepting the grant funding, Borrello also issued a new Executive Policy Bulletin instituting a “Healthy Meeting Policy.” This policy promotes healthy eating by requiring healthier alternatives or smaller portions, and lower calorie or sugar-free drinks be offered when refreshments are provided to county employees and customers.
“CCHN has been thrilled to partner with the County on the adoption of its Healthy Meeting Policy and purchase of additional filling stations,” said Ann Abdella, former CCHN Executive Director. “More than half of our waking hours are spent at work. As a major employer in the community, the County is setting a great example of creating an environment that supports individuals to make healthier choices.”