In September 2010, the American Council on Exercise (ACE), America's leading authority on fitness and the largest fitness certification, education and training organization in the world, announced a partnership with the NuVal Nutritional Scoring System to combat the growing obesity epidemic, promote small steps to a healthier lifestyle, empower Americans to make healthier choices, and provide tools and education to improve quality of life. NuVal is a joint venture formed by Topco Associates, LLC and Griffin Hospital to take the ONQI (Overall Nutritional Quality Index) food scoring system to market. The ONQI was developed under the direction of PRC Director, Dr. David Katz, and a team of leading nutrition, public health and medical experts.
The Valley Council for Health and Human Services, a partnership network of nonprofit health and human service agencies serving residents of the lower Naugatuck Valley, recently announced the release of the Valley CARES Summary Report on the quality of life in the Valley. The report covers the towns of Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Derby, Oxford, Seymour, and Shelton. In 2007 the Council began planning an initiative to track key indicators of community well-being. The quality of life indicators included in the Valley CARES report cover eight key areas of well-being, including education, health, safety, natural environment, and community engagement.