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Health Education/Health Promotion Program

Eat Well - Healthy Restaurant Program

In 2017, the Fairfield Health Department along with the Norwalk Health Department and the Westport Weston Health District launched the Eat Well Program, a healthy restaurant initiative. This is a voluntary program for restaurants in these communities to highlight healthy options on their menus. For more information on this program and to see which restaurants are participating in Fairfield please visit the program webpage.

Healthy Living Program 

The Healthy Living Program is based off the CDC's Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) intended to help individuals who are at high risk for developing Type 2 Diabetes. The program is free, but participants must be able to and commit to attending regularly. This is a 12-week program. The program will be led by Nancy Ryan, MS, RD, BC-ADM, CDE and Santina Jaronko, DrPH, CHES, Health Educator.

Pre-Registration is required. Contact Santina Jaronko at 203-256-3150 at sjaronko@fairfieldct.org.

Diabetes and Chronic Disease Support Group

The Fairfield Health Department and partners, Fairfield Senior Center and Rehabilitation Associates Inc., will launch the Diabetes and Chronic Disease Support Group for the 2022-2023 year. The purpose of this group is to have participants receive support from one another, have the ability to ask questions, and participate in group discussions. Each month will focus on a different health topic and includes guest speakers.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 6 in 10 adults in the United States have at least one chronic disease such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer, obesity, and arthritis. Additionally, the CDC states that chronic diseases are the leading cause of death and disability in the United States.

The group meets on the second Tuesday of each month (September through June) from 1-2pm at the Fairfield Senior Center (100 Mona Terrace). The group is facilitated by Courtney Sansonetti, RD, CDE from Rehabilitation Associates Inc., and Santina Jaronko, DrPH, CHES from the Fairfield Health Department. All sessions are FREE and registration is recommended through the Senior Center. For more information please visit www.fairfieldct.org/health or visit the Fairfield Health Department’s Facebook page to stay up to date on monthly topics and speakers.

2022-2023 sessions dates: 

October 11, 2022 - Memory Supporting Strategies!

November 8, 2022

December 13, 2022

January 10, 2023

February 14, 2023

March 14, 2023

April 11, 2023

May 9, 2023

June 13, 2023

Matter of Balance

Our Health Educator is a Master Trainer for the Matter of Balance program which is an evidence-based program that was developed by the Partnership for Healthy Aging. This program is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. Comprised of eight two-hour sessions, participants learn how to view falls as controllable, set goals for increasing activity, make changes to reduce fall risk at home, and exercise to increase strength and balance. For questions or more information please contact Santina Jaronko at 203-256-3150 or sjaronko@fairfieldct.org.

Class starting September 22, 2022 at the Senior Center is currently BOOKED, but if you are interested, please contact Santina Jaronko to be placed on the wait list. 

Food Safety Training Program

Every year the Environmental Health Program staff conducts our Food Safety Program to train food service managers and workers in safe food handling practices. Each year training is offered to all school food service staff and another is offered to all managers and staff of licensed food service facilities The training is 3-4 hours long and includes a comprehensive exam that is a State approved, nationally recognized exam.

Since 1976, the Health Department has required all full service food service facilities to have at least one manager who has passed this level of exam. These courses have been offered by the department since 1976. Four staff member are certified and trained to offers The National Registry of Food Safety Professionals Food Safety Manager Certification Course and exam. Call 203-256-3020 for more information.

Dental Health Education

Dental Health Education sessions of school aged children are conducted by the department’s Dental Hygienist in all K through 2 classrooms in all schools. The Hygienist typically conducts over 115 education sessions per year, reaching more than 2,300 children.

For question please contact Wendy Kovacs at wkovacs@fairfieldct.org.

PbSafe Lead Poisoning Prevention Program

The Environmental Staff conducts our PbSafe Lead Poisoning Prevention Program utilizing grant funds. At community events such as Earth Day, they provide educational material and ask parents to sign our PbSafe Pledge which asks them to conduct any home renovation activity in a lead-safe manor. Parents who sign the pledge are provided an item such a tee-shirt, hat, travel mug or umbrella with the PbSafe logo on them. When asked about it, they are asked to share their pledge and discuss preventing lead poisoning by doing any home renovations in a lead safe manor. The goal is to create hundreds of PbSafe Educators spreading the message about lead poisoning prevention in the community. Look for the PbSafe logo at the next community event or sign our PbSafe Pledge now by clicking  here.

Know Your Numbers Program

This is one of our newer programs that we have started in collaboration with the members of Get Healthy CT. In an effort to get people to better understand their “heart health” we encourage residents to know the numbers that are the key to understanding your heart health. If you don’t know your numbers, click here to find more information on what those numbers are and how you can figure some out on your own and get tested for others. This program also provides resources on how you can work to lower your numbers if they are not where they should be.

Upcoming Screening Dates, Locations, and Times:

 No dates and locations at this time. 

 All above dates are by appointment only, please call 203-256-3150 to schedule and appointment. 

Bike/Walk Promotion

Our Health Educator is an adviser for the the Fairfield Bicycle & Pedestrian Committee advocating for a safer and more sustainable walking and biking environment in Fairfield.

To support these efforts, the Health Department applied for and received state grant funds to pay for the shoulder striping and signage to create the Town’s first bike route from the Brookside/Mill Plain area to the Unquowa/Post Rd. area.Since 2015, two more bike routes have been created, the Shoreline Bike Route and the Library to Library bike route. In addition, 4 bike repair stations, 3 bike air pumps, and 6 bike racks have been installed or are pending installment along these designated bike routes and popular destination in Town. These groups are committed to improve the Town's biking and walking environment. Here's more information about the implemented and planned bike routes

First Aid Training

Several of our nursing staff members are certified to offer our own First Aid Course. This training is provided to several groups through out the year. Contact our Public Health Nursing Office for more information at 203 256-3150.