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Health Education/Health Promotion Program

Eat Well - Healthy Restaurant Program

In 2017, the Fairfield Health Department along with the Norwalk Health Department and the Westport Weston Health District launched the Eat Well Program, a healthy restaurant initiative. This is a voluntary program for restaurants in these communities to highlight healthy options on their menus. For more information on this program and to see which restaurants are participating in Fairfield please visit the program webpage.

Diabetes Prevention Program

The Department of Health has pending recognition from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for its Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP). The DPP is an evidence-based program for people at high risk for developing diabetes. The program is free, but participants must be able to and commit to attending regularly. This is a 16-week-long program with monthly follow-up after the 16 weeks is completed. The program will be led by Nancy Ryan, MS, RD, BC-ADM, CDE and Santina Jaronko, MS, CHES, Health Educator.

Pre-Registration is required. Contact Santina Jaronko at 203-256-3150 at sjaronko@fairfieldct.org.

Diabetes and Chronic Disease Support Group

New this Fall, the Diabetes Support Group will widen its base of topics to address prevention and treatment of all chronic disease. According to the CDC, chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer, obesity, and arthritis are responsible for 7 out of 10 deaths in the United States. Furthermore, 1/2 of American adults have at least one chronic condition whiles almost 1 in 3 have multiple chronic conditions.  

The group meets on the second Tuesday of each month, September through June, from 1 pm to 2 pm at the Fairfield Senior Center, Room 14. Pre-registration is not required and the program is free. If the Fairfield Public Schools are closed or delayed due to bad weather, the Senior Center will be closed and programs will be cancelled. Please call 203-256-3150 for further information about this program, which is sponsored by the Health Department in collaboration with the Senior Center. Please see the diabetes page for the schedule of dates, topics and speakers. For questions please contact Santina Jaronko at 203-256-3150 or at sjaronko@fairfieldct.org.

Upcoming meeting dates:

March 14, 2017 - "High Blood Pressure Part 2"

April 11, 2017 - "Food Safety"

May 9, 2017 - "The Thyroid Truth Part 1"

June 13, 2017 - "The Thyroid Truth Part 2"

Matter of Balance

Our Health Educator is a Master Trainer for the Matter of Balance program which is an evidence-based program that was developed by the Partnership for Healthy Aging. This program is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. Comprised of eight two-hour sessions, participants learn how to view falls as controllable, set goals for increasing activity, make changes to reduce fall risk at home, and exercise to increase strength and balance. For questions or more information please contact Santina Jaronko at 203-256-3150 or sjaronko@fairfieldct.org.

Please check back for upcoming classes and locations

Food Safety Training Program

Every year the Environmental Health Program staff conducts our Food Safety Program to train food service managers and workers in safe food handling practices. Each year training is offered to all school food service staff and another is offered to all managers and staff of licensed food service facilities The training is 3-4 hours long and includes a comprehensive exam that is a State approved, nationally recognized exam.

Since 1976, the Health Department has required all full service food service facilities to have at least one manager who has passed this level of exam. These courses have been offered by the department since 1976. Four staff member are certified and trained to offers The National Registry of Food Safety Professionals Food Safety Manager Certification Course and exam. Call 203-256-3020 for more information.

Dental Health Education

Dental Health Education sessions of school aged children are conducted by the department’s Dental Hygienist in all K through 2 classrooms in all schools. The Hygienist typically conducts over 115 education sessions per year, reaching more than 2,300 children.

For question please contact Wendy Kovacs at wkovacs@fairfieldct.org.

PbSafe Lead Poisoning Prevention Program

The Environmental Staff conducts our PbSafe Lead Poisoning Prevention Program utilizing grant funds. At community events such as Earth Day, they provide educational material and ask parents to sign our PbSafe Pledge which asks them to conduct any home renovation activity in a lead-safe manor. Parents who sign the pledge are provided an item such a tee-shirt, hat, travel mug or umbrella with the PbSafe logo on them. When asked about it, they are asked to share their pledge and discuss preventing lead poisoning by doing any home renovations in a lead safe manor. The goal is to create hundreds of PbSafe Educators spreading the message about lead poisoning prevention in the community. Look for the PbSafe logo at the next community event or sign our PbSafe Pledge now by clicking  here.

Know Your Numbers Program

This is one of our newer programs that we have started in collaboration with the members of Get Healthy CT. In an effort to get people to better understand their “heart health” we encourage residents to know the numbers that are the key to understanding your heart health. If you don’t know your numbers, click here to find more information on what those numbers are and how you can figure some out on your own and get tested for others. This program also provides resources on how you can work to lower your numbers if they are not where they should be.

Upcoming Screening Dates, Locations, and Times:

Please check back for future screening dates, times, and locations.

Bike/Walk Promotion

Our Health Educator is an advisor for the the Fairfield Bicycle & Pedestrian Committee advocating for a safer and more sustainable walking and biking environment in Fairfield.

To support these efforts, the Health Department applied for and received state grant funds to pay for the shoulder striping and signage to create the Town’s first bike route from the Brookside/Mill Plain area to the Unquowa/Post Rd. area. These groups continue their work to improve the Town’s biking and walking environment. Here's more information about the implemented and planned bike routes.

Fit Kids

Developed by the Norwalk Health Department and Sacred Heart University, this afterschool program teaches children about the importance of nutrition and engages them in fun physical activities. For more information, please contact Santina Jaronko at 203-256-3150 or sjaronko@fairfieldct.org.

First Aid Training

Several of our nursing staff members are certified to offer our own First Aid Course. This training is provided to several groups through out the year. Contact our Public Health Nursing Office for more information at 203 256-3150.