Wednesday, February 24, 2010

City of Austin Awarded Gold Medal Recognition in State Heart & Stroke Healthy Program

The city of Austin has been recognized by the Texas Department of State Health Services and the Texas Council on Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke with Gold Medal recognition. The Texas Department of State Health Services and the Texas Council on Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke coordinate a state-wide recognition program called the “Heart and Stroke Healthy City Program.” The recognition program is an assessment of 10 different community-based policy and environmental change indicators that are vital to reducing the burden of heart disease and stroke. Heart disease is preventable and yet it is the leading cause of death in our city, county, state, and nation.

Multiple organizations in our community collaborate to provide prevention programs, effective response systems and policies, and treatment of cardiovascular diseases. More than 21 organizations participated in the assessment, including the Austin Fire Department, EMS, and hospitals to Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services, Sustainable Food Center, and Austin Parks and Recreation, to name a few. The indicators assessed include the following topic areas:
  • Ongoing Public Information Campaigns
  • Physical Activity
  • Access to Healthy Food
  • Healthy Schools and Healthy Worksites
  • Comprehensive Tobacco Control
  • Addressing Disparities
  • CPR and AED Use
  • Cardiac Event Response
  • Stroke Event Response
  • Health Care Quality
We should all feel very proud of our city, and its health care and wellness providers!