Sunday, April 15, 2012

Breakfast series makes homes healthier

 While many people on the West Side live in older homes, they may not be aware of the health hazards that are commonly associated with them.
 The “No Place Like Home” breakfast series looks to inform residents on housing issues in the area. The series began on March 14 and continues through May 9.
 The first breakfast in the series focused on health issues in the home and how to prevent and correct them. Stephanie Simeon, director at Heart of the City, coordinated the event. Her goal is to make everyone aware of the solutions to issues some people on the West Side face on a daily basis.
 “This series is about us looking at the community as a whole,” Simeon said. “Where we live is important and we need to be concerned about the quality of life.”
 The speaker at the first event, Kate Grimm from the University at Buffalo, focused on healthy homes, and how an unhealthy home can have a major effect on the health of children.
  “Home is where we first learn health,” she said.
  Stephanie Kellner of Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, ended the lecture by providing the audience with tools and resources for making the homes in their community healthier and safer places.
 Upcoming topics include “There Goes The Neighborhood: Misconceptions of Affordable Housing” and “Boarding Up Our Burdens: How Vacant Houses Are Draining Our Neighborhoods.” Lectures include breakfast and are free of cost, but pre-registration is required.
By Ann Hendricks and Miranda Ruckdeschel