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Federal Funds Change CNY Lives


ACR Health’s annual “Paint the Town RED” awareness campaign launched this morning in Clinton Square with a spotlight on federally funded initiatives that have brought new services and jobs to Central New York, and greatly improved the health of ACR Health consumers.


ACR Health now offers a Nutrition Health Education Program and beginning, July first, a Behavioral Health Education that will help guide people into care for mental health or substance concerns when needed.


“Before the nutrition program, our consumers had no solid concept about how eating habits affected their health.  We’ve been able to educate them about food basics, and thanks to this federally funded program, have been able to supply them with fresh, nutritious food,” said ACR Health Executive Director, Michael Crinnin.


“The work ACR Health does is so important, and I applaud their efforts to improve the health and wellbeing of people across Central New York,” said Rep. Maffei. “These federal dollars go a long way to help our community and support critical nutrition services.”


The Nutrition Health Education and Food and Meal Program is one of the most needed support service programs at ACR Health and multiple referrals are submitted to the program each week.  We have a waiting list of 70 referred who are all in need of our service.  Last year alone, ACR Health served 106 individuals throughout our 15 county region.


“A variety of individuals who walk into our doors everyday have severe chronic conditions who would benefit from our nutrition program,” said Jennifer Cook, Support Services Program Coordinator.  “We hope someday we are able to provide services to all individuals we serve at ACR Health.”


Among those who have graduated from the Nutrition Health Education program is 50-year-old Brian Cowden, who was one of the first to enroll and says what he learned enhanced his health and life.  “Paying attention to what I eat is one of the reasons I feel well today.  You feel better when you eat right.”


Paint the Town RED activities will continue all week, and conclude Sunday, June 1 at the 22nd Annual AIDS Walk/Run at Beaver Lake Nature Center.  Since 1993, the AIDS Walk/Run has raised $2.3 million, all of which has supported ACR Health’s Adolescent Health Programs and emergency client needs.