Chenango Health Department walking to educate on dangers of lead poisoning

NORWICH – Staff and volunteers for the Chenango County Department of Public Health will stroll the streets of Norwich and different villages throughout the county this summer during the department’s first-ever Lead Walk Project, a door-to-door campaign to educate residents on the hazards of lead poisoning.

The project, set to begin June 5, is a two-fold program designed for mass education and outreach to the community, and the promotion of exercise and a healthier lifestyle, explained Marianne Kirsch, director of patient services for the health department.

The department staff, joined by volunteers, will visit Norwich, as well as Afton, Bainbridge, New Berlin, Oxford, Sherburne, Earlville, Smyrna, South Otselic and Greene, talking with locals and leaving behind door hangers that outline the potentially devastating affects of lead poisoning, along with tips to avoid it; all while tracking the number of homes visited and miles walked along the way.

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