Key Priority

Healthy Eating & Active Living

Everyone should be able to eat healthy and be active if they choose to.

What's the problem?

Environments that support a healthy diet and physical activity are not spread equally throughout Cuyahoga County .

In Cuyahoga County, there is an unfair burden of poor health among our low-income, under-resourced communities, specifically communities of color, youth, and older adults, largely due to patterns of sprawl and population shifts. Over the past few decades, many people have moved away from the city and inner-ring suburbs, known as the urban core. As people have moved away from these places, many of the businesses and services once available to support healthy eating and active living moved as well. Residents who remain in the urban core often find themselves living without grocery stores, green spaces, and other places to exercise safely. But these issues are not limited to urban areas; other impoverished areas across the county also lack of sidewalks, bike lanes, parks, and healthy food retail options.

Why does it matter?

Everyone in Cuyahoga County deserves equitable access to fresh food resources and safe places to be active.

Where people live should not dictate their ability to eat healthy or to be physically active. Consuming healthy foods and increasing physical activity are essential for good health. A focus on nutrition and physical activity has the potential to impact all residents in Cuyahoga County, especially those who currently face barriers to being healthy.

What are we doing about it?

HIP-Cuyahoga is creating opportunities for healthy eating and active living across Cuyahoga County 

Healthy Eating Tips

 Healthier Choices are getting easier to find in neighborhood stores

Good Food Here Page

Local schools and churches are opening their doors for people to be active in their community

Shared Use Facilities

Healthcare providers are writing “prescriptions” for fresh fruits and vegetables to help patients control their blood pressure

Produce Prescriptions

New streets will be built to encourage walking and biking

These efforts are being lead by our Healthy Eating & Active Living subcommittee under the guidance of the following anchor organizations and individuals:

The Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods at Case Western Reserve University
Erika Trapl, PhD
Assistant Professor, Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Associate Director, CWRU Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods
The Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods at Case Western Reserve University (PRCHN), initially funded in 2009, is one of 26 Prevention Research Centers funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The PRCHN was selected to serve as the anchor due to its ongoing involvement in food access and youth physical activity projects.

The Cuyahoga County Board of Health

Michele Benko, M.S., R.D., L.D.
Program Manager, Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) 
The Cuyahoga County Board of Health (CCBH) prioritizes population based approaches to improve healthy eating and active living for Cuyahoga County residents, especially those who experience barriers to healthy living. The CCBH manages and participates in several programs aimed at improving healthy eating and active living.

Subcommittee Partners

Alliance for a Healthier Generation

Asian Services in Action

Bike Cleveland

Canalway Partners

City of Cleveland

Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland YMCA

Cleveland Department of Public Health

Cleveland Metropolitan Housing Authority

Cleveland Municipal School District

Cutting Boards Academy

Cuyahoga County Board of Health

Cuyahoga County Planning Commission

First Suburbs Consortium

The Food Trust

Greater Cleveland Metroparks

Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority

Health Action Council

Invest in Children

Louis V. Stokes Veterans Affairs Hospital

MetroHealth Medical Center

Mow and Sow Grow

Mt. Sinai Health Care FoundationNeighborhood Family Practice

Neighborhood Leadership Institute

Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency

Office of Marcia Fudge

Ohio State University – Cuyahoga Extension

Performance Consulting

Possess the Land Development Corporation

Saint Clair Superior Development Corporation

Saint Luke’s Foundation

Strategic Solutions Partners

Tremont West Development Corporation

University Hospitals

University Settlement

New from the HEAL Subcommittee

Food Access Raises Everyone

Food Access Raises Everyone (FARE) is an emerging activity of the Healthy Eating and Active Living sub-committee of HIP-Cuyahoga. The one-year planning project was supported with funding from Saint Luke’s Foundation.  The focus is to develop work around food access in Cuyahoga County and to facilitate emerging partnerships between local organizations. We are excited to share with you the next phase of our sub-committee’s work, including the FARE comprehensive report this summer.

FARE – January Update

Download FARE One-Pager

healthy eating & active living


Download the Summary

August 2017 Progress Update