Family First Health launches Starts With Apples to increase health literacy
Central PA (Oct. 1, 2014) – Good health starts with an apple a day. What’s next? Being an informed patient. Family First Health, a federally qualified health center in York and Adams counties, will be celebrating National Health Literacy Month — which is also National Apple Month — with a series of events called “Starts With Apples.”
Health literacy is the ability to understand health information and to use that information to make good decisions about your health and medical care. Family First Health wants to spread the message that good health can start with an apple a day, but ultimately you need to be an active partner in your health care to be well. The average person spends 90,000 hours at work in their lifetime, so we’re focusing this year on promoting health in the workplace.
In October, Family First Health will pop up in York, Gettysburg and Hanover. Passers-by and employees at select businesses will receive a free apple and information on how to make good decisions in their health care.
- Pop-up in Continental Square and with surrounding local businesses
Noon to 1 p.m. Oct. 21, 2014
- Pop-up with local businesses
Near Family First Health’s Hanover Center
1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 22, 2014
- Gettysburg Open House
Family First Health
1275 York Road, Suite 17, Gettysburg
4:30 to 6 p.m. Oct. 22, 2014
The public can visit www.startswithapples.com for more information on becoming health literate and working with their health care team, and employers can download a free, digital “Get Healthy At Work” kit including posters, a health pledge and a templated award for employees committed to their health.
Signers of the pledge, which asks workers to get active over their lunch break, are encouraged to snap a photo of themselves with their pledge and share it on the Family First Health Facebook page or on Twitter with the hashtag #startswithapples. And, follow Family First Health on Facebook and Twitter for tips on being an informed patient all month long.
About Family First Health
Founded in 1970, York Health Corporation, now Family First Health, is a non-profit, federally qualified health center dedicated to providing a broad range of primary health, dental care and social services at its sites on South George Street in York, Hannah Penn Middle School, Lewisberry, Hanover and Gettysburg. As a FQHC, Family First Health offers a reduced fee program for the uninsured and accepts most other health insurances. For more information, please visit www.familyfirsthealth.org. Se habla espańol.