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January 2013 Health Email from Dr. Paul


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January 2013

HEAL Summit

The Metro Public Health Department, in partnership with the Nashville Civic Design Center and community partners held the 4th annual Healthy Eating, Active Living Summit (HEALS) on January 17th at the Downtown Public Library. Over 150 city leaders, transportation, public planning, public health and education officials, educators and students and non-profit leaders were in attendance at this year’s HEAL Summit.  
The keynote address was delivered by internationally renowned livable city strategist Gil (Guillermo) Penalosa. Penalosa is the Executive Director of 8 - 80 Cities, a Canadian non-profit organization dedicated to transforming cities into places where people can walk, bike, access public transit and visit vibrant parks, streets and other public places.  
For the second year in a row, NashVitality Awards were presented in the following categories: Innovator, Pioneer, and Leadership. They were presented to Nashville Civic Design Center, Mark Deutschmann and Sandy Bivens, respectively.

Volunteers needed to test MPHD’s emergency response plans

Want to see how your Metro Public Health Department would respond if there was a release of Anthrax in to the environment?  Nashville’s Health Department will conduct the biggest POD (Points of Dispensing) exercise to be done in the state of Tennessee on March 15! Two PODs will be opened to test the Health Departments plans. The PODs will be opened and operated by Health Department employees. We need VOLUNTEERS to act as patients going through the POD to receive medications. Come be a part of this very important community exercise!
Anyone interested in volunteering or who would like more information should contact Todd Baker, our Volunteer Coordinator, at 615-340-0535 or at .

Pest Management Services

Staff started looking at potential mosquito breeding locations in December, inspecting some 296 sites for the month. This early inspection helps develop strategies for treatment and abatement.

Thanks for your commitment to a healthy Nashville!

Bill Paul

William S. Paul, MD, MPH
Director  |  Metro Public Health Department
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