November 30, 2012

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Putnam, Dutchess health departments survey residents about local health issues

CARMEL – The Putnam County Health Department wants to know about the health of county residents so it is asking them to take an online survey at

At the same time, the Dutchess County Health Department is going to survey residents of that county by telephone about the same issues.

The “Live Healthy Putnam” survey is a follow up to a previous survey conducted in 2010, which asked about nutrition and physical activity.

The data collected will help the department as it plans on how to address the county’s health priorities, said Health Commissioner Dr. Allen Beals.

Other topics in the survey include mood, depression and substance use and abuse.

As an incentive for taking the survey, county residents will be offered a free pedometer.

The Dutchess phone survey will help determine county residents’ needs so the department can plan for the future, “but it will allow us to understand how their needs are changing over time,” said County Health Commissioner Dr. Michael Caldwell.

A company hired by the county will conduct the actual phone survey. The Dutchess County Integrated County Planning Workgroup, which consists of health and human services public and private agency representatives, is spearheading the survey, which is a follow up to a 2008-2009 county survey into the health issues of local residents.

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