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 and supermarkets

Healthy Food Retail

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

Streets will be designed and built to encourage walking and biking

 

Complete and Green Streets

Schools and farms are partnering to provide locally grown foods, and teach children about where food comes from

 

Farm to School

Improving safety and providing supports so that more children safely walk or bike to school

 

Safe Routes to School

Key Accomplishments:

More than 123,000 residents have greater access to healthier food options in their neighborhoods because 22 corner stores have added fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grain bread and pastas, low-fat dairy products and other healthy items through the Good Food Here program.

Through the establishment of shared use agreements with neighborhood facilities, more than 108,500 residents living within a half mile may gain greater access to physical activity and educational opportunities.

More than 550 residents with high blood pressure have received healthy eating and chronic disease management education and resources through the produce prescription (PRx) for hypertension program.


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 State University

Cleveland Municipal School District

Cutting Boards Academy

Cuyahoga County Board of Health

Cuyahoga County Planning Commission

Empowered and Poised

First Suburbs Consortium

The Food Trust

Greater Cleveland Metroparks

Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority

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

Safe Routes National Partnership

Saint Clair Superior Development Corporation

Saint Luke’s Foundation

Strategic Solutions Partners

Tremont West Development Corporation

University Hospitals

University Settlement

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August 2017 Progress Update