Coalition hopes to make Harford the healthiest

April 09, 1995

Healthy Harford Inc., a nonprofit coalition of public, not-for-profit and private businesses, wants to make Harford County the healthiest area in Maryland by 2000.

Healthy Harford's plans for 1995 will concentrate on nutrition and education. A nutritional guide to the county's fast-food restaurants is in the works and scheduled to debut in July at the Harford County Farm Fair. Copies will also be available at the restaurants, recreation centers and fitness clubs, schools and elsewhere.

The goal is to produce a booklet that consumers can keep in their cars to consult when they are eating on the run.

The group will also be working with Harford County public schools to develop programs to generate excitement and enthusiasm about fitness.

Constance F. Row, president and chief executive officer of the Upper Chesapeake Health System, is president; Mary Lou Teel, director of Harford County outreach programs for the YWCA, is treasurer; and Thomas Thomas of the Harford County Health Department is secretary.

Three vice presidents are: Roger Ralph, owner of the Bel Air Athletic Club, representing private business; Richard Przywara, executive director of the Harford County YMCA, representing nonprofit businesses; and Paul Yanney, chief of recreation, Harford County Department of Parks and Recreation, representing the public sector.

In addition to the officers, organizations and individuals participating in Healthy Harford include Pam Mones, Harford Business Ledger; Joanne S. Parrott, president of the Harford County Council; Susan B. Hesleton, Harford County Council; Diane Troyer, vice president of academic and student affairs, and Key Ramach, director of community services, Harford Community College; James Macgill, director of the Harford County Office on Aging; Don Morrison, director of information, Harford County public schools; Jayne Klein, Klein's Super Markets; Diane Ford, executive director of the Susquehanna Region Private Industry Council; and Allan Acton, vice president for planning, marketing and system development, Upper Chesapeake Health System.

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