HIP-Cuyahoga partners with WZAK and DJ Haz Matt to promote health at the Family Unity in Park

HIP-Cuyahoga teamed up with 93.1 WZAK’s DJ Haz Matt to spread the news about HIP-Cuyahoga on Saturday at the Family Unity in the Park festival at Luke Easter Park, who is working every day to help make Cuyahoga County a healthier place to live. Haz interviewed Ms. Dee, a community health ambassador for HIP-Cuyahoga, who shared information about the Chronic Disease Self Management Program, finding hidden salt in food to help control blood pressure, the Good Food Here program, and encouraged others to get involved.

DJ Haz Matt and Ms Felecia, a local zumba instructor helped encourage the festival participants to get up and get moving. Zumba is one of many activities that are offered at #healthmattershere sites throughout Cuyahoga County.

HIP-Cuyahoga Celebrated with Cecil and All the City on Saturday!

HIP-Cuyahoga teamed up with Neighborhood Leadership Institute and Cleveland State’s Community Health Workers to bring the good news about healthy eating and active living in Cuyahoga County at the All City Community Celebration at Wade Oval on Saturday. Cecil Shorts III, an NFL wide receiver from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers attended Collinwood High School. He and his wife are dedicated to the Cleveland community, and organized this event to continue to spread the word about health and wellness around town. HIP-Cuyahoga community ambassadors promoted healthy eating and active living resources around Cuyahoga County, gave out healthy snacks, and engaged with community members to get more folks involved. 



HIP-Cuyahoga met over 500 people this past weekend!

HIP-Cuyahoga was thrilled to meet (and give a healthy snack to) over 500 people at the past weekend’s events. On Saturday, HIP-Cuyahoga celebrated with the City of East Cleveland, as the Salvation Army hosted a block party, that included music, food, performances, and a resource fair. On Sunday, we went to support the open streets concelt with CiCLEvia Central. Over a mile of Community College and Quincy were blocked off from automobiles, so that people could participate in non-auto activities like zumba, walking, dancing, bicycling and more! HIP-Cuyahoga helped spread the word from our growing group of partners and community residents, about good food here stores, shared use sites, how to become a community health champion, where to get produce from a farmers’ market, and how to get involved. This weekend, we’ll be at Wade Oval as part of the All City Community Celebration, hosted by Cecil Shorts III. HIP-Cuyahoga will be there from 12:00 – 3:00 pm – stop by and see us!

 

Coming soon to a community event near you!

HIP-Cuyahoga is thrilled to be partnering with several community partners to help spread the good news about healthy opportunities around town. Subscribe to our calendar, follow us on twitter, and sign up for our newsletter to stay informed about all the great stuff going on this summer.

 

July 15, 2017, 12:00 – 6:00 pm

One East Cleveland Block Party

The Salvation Army, 1507 Doan, East Cleveland, OH 44112

Let the Fun Begin! To introduce themselves to the community, the Salvation Army East Cleveland is hosting a block party, with entertainment, vendors, raffles, and more! Join HIP-Cuyahoga as we help promote healthy opportunities in and around East Cleveland!

 

July 16, 2017, 1:00 – 5:00 pm

CiCLEvia Central

Community College Avenue

Join us for CiCLEvia Central. Come play in the street with us on Community College/Quincy Avenue from East 55th to East 24th Street a fun, free afternoon! ciCLEvia Central not only highlights Cleveland’s Central Neighborhood, but also partners with Campus District to showcase all the diverse assets of the area!

Join us as the celebration comes to our four, fun filled hubs: Family Reunion, Arts/Culture, Ultimate Recess, and Health/Safety! With tons of games, food, and fun-ciCLEvia Central is free and accessible to people of all ages and abilities!

July 22, 2017, 12:00 – 3:00 pm

All City Community Celebration

Wade Oval, in University Circle

Join Cecil Shorts III and your favorite hometown NFL athletes for a family-friendly community celebration! There will be food trucks, music, kids zone, games and other surprises. Visit the HIP-Cuyahoga booth for information on how to stay healthy in your neighborhood.

 

July 29, 2017, 1:00 – 6:00 pm

Family Unity in The Park

Luke Easter Park

This FREE event will be held on Saturday, July 29, 2017, 1 p.m. to dusk in historic and beautiful Luke Easter Park, the largest urban park in the state of Ohio. We hope you will join us.

This year, we will again hold the largest health fair in Northeast Ohio during this one-day event. The Cleveland Clinic will be on hand to offer free screening services for blood pressure, diabetes and more. The City of Cleveland Mobile Health Care unit will also be on site conducting healthcare screenings. HIP-Cuyahoga will be doing a zumba demonstration and letting neighbors know how to stay healthy in and around Union Miles. In addition, nationally and locally acclaimed musical artists will take center stage for a full day of soulful entertainment.

 

August 12, 2017, 12:00 – 8:00 pm

Glenville Community Festival

Sam Miller Park

The Glenville Community Festival and Parade has been touted as one of the best community festivals in the City of Cleveland. Children and youth can enjoy “Children’s Village” with free pony rides, and inflatables. Seniors will be served free hot lunch from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. in “Senior’s Village” while enjoying the entertainment at the Pavilion on the Gardenview Circle Stage. The Parade is from 9:00 am until 12 noon.

The Festival is from 12 noon until 8:00 pm. Admission is free and all are welcome. The festival includes a full day of activities. This year’s event will headline some of Cleveland’s greatest entertainers in the area of Jazz, Blues, Reggae, R&B and Gospel.
Join HIP-Cuyahoga to find out about how to stay healthy in and around the Glenville neighborhood.

 

September 17, 2017, 1:00 – 5:00 pm

CiCLEvia East

East Blvd

There’s no better way to end the Summer and kick off the school year than ciCLEvia East! Come out and play on car free streets on September 17th from 1-5pm! ciCLEvia will be shutting down East Boulevard from Superior Avenue all the way to Ford Drive, connecting both the Glenville and University Circle neighborhoods. See you there!

 

DJ Haz Matt kicks off Men’s Health Month by learning about high blood pressure and hidden salt in food

DJ Haz Matt from 93.1WZAK visited Hayden Food Plus, one of HIP-Cuyahoga’s Good Food Here stores with two experts Wanda Matlock a registered nurse from Better Health Partnership, and Michele Benko a public health dietitian from Cuyahoga County Board of Health to talk to us about high blood pressure, how eating a lot of sodium increases risk of high blood pressure, and how to make healthier choices. For information on high blood pressure and how to find lower sodium options visit our Hidden Salt page.  #healthmattershere

Click on the player to listen to Haz Matt’s radio announcement about the importance of finding hidden salts in our food. 

 

Simon’s Supermarket Grand Opening

Grand Opening of Full Service Supermarket in Euclid, OH

Saturday, February 4, 2017
12:00 pm
Simon’s Supermarket
25831 Euclid Avenue, Euclid, OH 44132

Over Super Bowl weekend, residents are invited to enjoy free food, fellowship, giveaways and a raffle to celebrate the Grand Opening of Simon’s Supermarket in Euclid.

The opening of the new Simon’s Supermarket is the result of a collaboration that took place among Euclid residents, the Cuyahoga County Board of Health’s Creating Healthy Communities Program, the City of Euclid, and the Healthy Food for Ohio (HFFO) Program.  Funding for the development of the store includes $650,000 in flexible capital from HFFO and $125,000 from the City of Euclid’s HUD-funded Storefront Renovation Program.

Simon’s Supermarket will employ 60 local residents and offers high quality, affordable groceries in a Euclid neighborhood known as a food desert. The surrounding neighborhood was considered a food desert area characterized by higher rates of poverty and reduced access to full-service supermarkets. The presence of Simon’s Supermarket helps to address these important public health issues.

Neighborhood supermarkets are critically important to the creation of healthy communities as well as the development of local job opportunities.  This project addresses both of those issues while also serving as an example of what can be accomplished through community based coalition building and collective investment.

Click here to read a success story about Simon’s Supermarket

 

Simon's Grand Opening Flier

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Supermarket closures will expand food deserts

Supermarket chain Giant Eagle announced that they will be closing two Cleveland stores within the next two months. Area residents and local officials were surprised by the news, since the stores are cornerstones in their respective neighborhoods, providing healthy food access, banking and pharmacy services along with 120 local jobs. Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson wrote a letter asking Giant Eagle why the stores will be closed, and he, along with patrons and local community organizations await their response. Cleveland City Council passed a resolution on January 11th, urging the store chain to keep these two stores open. Cleveland residents showed their discontent for the west side store’s closure this past Saturday, with a protest supported by Cleveland City Councilmembers Brian Kazy and Zack Reid and Cuyahoga Council representative Dale Miller.

HIP-Cuyahoga has worked for years to raise awareness about how healthy food access is not equally distributed across Cuyahoga County. Half of the people in Cleveland live farther than a half mile from a grocery store. Additionally, more than 60% of Cleveland residents living in a food desert are people of color. The closure of the two Giant Eagle Supermarkets will only make the situation worse for these two urban core neighborhoods.

The Buckeye-Shaker SquareDevelopment Corporation is costing a community forum at their location – 11802 Buckeye Rd. in Cleveland on the subject of the closure of the two stores on Thursday, January 19th, 2017 at 5:30-7:00 pm.

GE Closure 2017 (2)

Food Access Raises Everyone – an Update

The report Food Access Raises Everyone: A Collaborative, Comprehensive Approach to a Healthier Cleveland and Cuyahoga County is complete and available for viewing here.

This report is the result of the year-long FARE planning and assessment process. Thank you again to all of you who participated in the process. We hope you enjoy the report and please share it with others!

As a reminder, this is a shorter report based on a longer document: Food Access in Cleveland – Cuyahoga County: Needs Assessment & Recommendations. The Food Trust created the longer document by synthesizing all information provided by local stakeholders through phone calls, meetings, site visits, convening breakout sessions, worksheets and surveys.

FARE advisors and participants then selected parts they most wanted to share in order to highlight new opportunities for partners to collaborate, funders to provide support and residents to get involved. This shorter report is a result of that process. It is organized into program areas, with the recognition that each program is not operating in isolation, but rather, as a piece of a larger, comprehensive movement. Specific examples are included in order to offer inspiration and identify areas of intersection that may not have occurred to readers before.

The goal is to celebrate and inform readers about existing work, share paths for collaboration and provide information and suggestions for people to integrate into their own planning processes.

We hope the report is a useful tool for your work and that you will pass it along!

JOB POSTING: CLEVELAND PROJECT DIRECTOR 

As we announced in our last newsletter in December, The Food Trust was awarded a grant from Saint Luke’s Foundation to move forward with the implementation of a “Collaborative, Comprehensive Approach to a Healthier Cleveland and Cuyahoga County.” Over a period of two years, The Food Trust will work closely with Cleveland partners to provide technical assistance and support local strategic planning efforts, leverage additional resources and share successful strategies. This model will build the capacity of and increase coordination among local partners so they can continue to improve health outcomes for residents well beyond the two-year project.
As part of the process, a coordinated Cleveland/Cuyahoga-Philadelphia team structure will be created, and a small staff will be hired to support the project, including a full-time Project Director in Cleveland. That Director will lead the implementation described above and will be based in Cleveland, working closely with The Food Trust staff in Philadelphia and creating a pipeline for technical assistance and resources from The Food Trust’s various program leaders. Soon after the Project Director is identified, another Cleveland-based employee will be hired to support the project.

A job description for the Cleveland Project Director can be found by clicking here.
If you are interested in applying or have anyone in mind that could be a great fit for this role, please let us know!

New Steering Committee Members elected!

This November, the HIP-Cuyahoga Consortium elected new members to fill Standing and At Large positions of the steering committee. Each person was nominated and then voted in to their position. Join us in extending our congratulations to our new members. We look forward to our continued partnership as we strive to make Cuyahoga County a place for everyone to be healthy.
Erica Chambers – At Large
Delores Collins – Standing, Community Resident
Kirstin Craciun – Standing, Healthcare
Pastor Ernest Fields – Standing, Faith Based
Jodi Mitchell – Standing, Business Sector
Caroline Peak – Standing, Community Resident
Danielle Price – At Large
Ruqaiijah Yearby – Standing, Academia

Click here to read about our newest members

Click here to see our current full list of Steering Committee Members

 

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