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FOR RELEASE: June 9, 2003
CONTACT: Michael Echelle, Administrative Director
Coal County Health Department  
(580) 927-2367

Teamwork Brings Coal County National Recognition

The “Foods for Good Health” nutrition education plan submitted by a team from the Coal County Health Department won first place at the National Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Association’s annual conference in New York City on May 29.

Employees of Coal County Health Department presented a creative nutrition education plan that now has won both state and national recognition this year. More than 1,350 voters attending the National WIC Association’s conference selected the Coal County entry from among 48 competitive entries.

The local health department team felt that the project was the perfect blend of nutrition information, physical activity and reading designed to provide information to parents and their children to improve their lifelong health.

“I am very proud of the team effort made by this staff and volunteer Ernie Fanning, who gives freely of his time to help with Coal County Health Department efforts. This national award shows how a local initiative for a small community health fair can grow into a nationally recognized initiative,” said Michael Echelle, administrative director of the Coal County Health Department.

Team members Cecelia Canales, Debbie Fanning, Mergie Bergman, and Ernie Fanning created the “Foods For Good Health,” as a part of the “Get Fit With WIC” statewide fitness campaign. In February this year, the team won the Laura K. Savage Creativity in Nutrition Education Award in a competition involving all county health departments in the state.

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