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Posted on: February 9, 2023

Catholic Charities Steuben/Livingston is First to Sign Healthy Meeting Policy


Mount Morris, N.Y., Feb. 9, 2023 – Be Well in Livingston is a community-led effort of the Genesee Valley Health Partnership. This is also a vital initiative of the Livingston County Community Health Improvement Plan.  The objective of this initiative is to reduce obesity in children and adults by coming together to create healthier places to live, work and play.  The focus is to eat better, move more and stress less.

Be Well in Livingston is well-established in the Nunda community and has expanded into Mt. Morris.  One component of this initiative is to assist a local worksite to complete an assessment and develop a policy or practice to improve the health of its employees. Catholic Charities Steuben/Livingston is leading the community as the first in Mt. Morris to sign the new Healthy Meeting Policy.   The organization’s policy focuses on the following goals at all meetings and events: 

  • Offering water and/or healthier beverages;
  • Providing one fruit or vegetable option at activities, events, and meetings in which food is served;
  • Providing a stretch/stand break to reduce sedentary behavior at all meetings lasting at least one hour; and
  • Leadership commitment to encourage employees to be active in overall wellness, role model wellness activities such as walking breaks, and support the Healthy Meeting Policy. 

“We applaud Catholic Charities Steuben/Livingston for making the healthy choice the easy choice for their employees. We encourage other worksites to join them by implementing a similar policy or practice,” stated Lisa Kenney, chairperson of Be Well in Livingston.

If your organization is interested in adopting the Be Well in Livingston Healthy Meeting Policy/Practice, please contact the Department of Health at or 585-243-7299.   To view the sample policy/practice and/or learn more about GVHP, please go to: If you have questions or are interested in learning more about Be Well in Mt. Morris, join the Facebook page at: Be Well in Mt. Morris or email

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