Through the efforts of the Adams Brown Creating Healthy Communities Program (ABCHCP) and the Adams County Health and Wellness Coalition (ACHWC), much work has been accomplished in creating a healthy Adams County in the past five years.
State Senator Joe Uecker and State Representative Terry Johnson recently invited the members of the ABCHCP and ACHWC to the Ohio Statehouse to acknowledge the outstanding efforts of these groups in the promotion of wellness and healthy living in Adams County.
This invitation and recognition comes on the heels of winning the Healthy Ohio Healthy Community Gold Award, which is awarded each year by the Ohio Department of Health. The award recognizes the outstanding achievements of communities that implement health related policies and provide a healthy community environment with the Health Ohio Healthy Community Awards. In 2013, fourteen cities, two townships, one village and four counties were honored for their roles in promoting good health for their residents. The purpose of the award is to improve the quality of life for all residents of the community. Focusing on nutrition, physical activity and tobacco cessation efforts, the award recognizes communities efforts to encourage employees and residents to make healthy choices.
Of the 21 cities/communities in Ohio receiving recognition, Adams County was one of only nine that received the Gold Award.
“Participating in the healthy community award program, and receiving this award, has provided us the opportunity to increase the visibility and awareness of health-related activities that have been administered by the ABCHCP and the ACHWC,” reported Debbie Ryan, Adams County Coordinator for ABCHCP. “It has encouraged community collaboration and brought community, school and business leaders together to work toward the common goal of developing and promoting a healthier community.”
Both Senator Uecker and Representative Johnson were very appreciative of the combined efforts of these groups, and congratulated Adams County for being a Healthy Ohio community.
The Adams County Health and Wellness Coalition (ACHWC) was formed in 2009 to help combat the staggering obesity and diabetes rates in the County. The “Coalition” is made up of local business stakeholders and researchers from the University of Cincinnati. Their mission is to improve the health and well-being of the children of Adams County and their families by assisting the community in creating a culture of wellness through increased physical activities and improved nutrition. Due to limited access to resources in our County, the Coalition counts on partnerships with many local worksites, community services agencies, schools and healthcare providers throughout the County.
The Adams Brown Creating Healthy Communities Program is one of 16 local programs funded through the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Through policies, systems and environmental changes, Creating Healthy Communities (CHC) Programs address the risk factors of poor nutrition, tobacco use, sedentary lifestyle and chronic disease in schools, worksites, health care, community and faith based settings. The CHC Program uses a population-based, evidence-based approach to expand and enhance a community’s ability to develop policies, systems and environmental changes that will make healthier choices the easier choice.
“Recognition of our efforts by our elected officials is very rewarding,” commented Leeann Puckett, Chairman of the Adams County Health and Wellness Coalition. “We work very hard to bring wellness education to Adams County through our connections with worksites, schools, the community and churches.Knowing that our work is making a difference in our community is what drives us all.” The ACHWC includes members of numerous local businesses, local churches, local schools, local service industry, and also includes a research partner from the University of Cincinnati.
General Electric-Peebles Test Operation was also recognized and congratulated by Senator Uecker and Representative Johnson for having been notified of their Silver Award from the Healthy Ohio Healthy Worksite Program. The local GE site is a member of the ACHWC and demonstrates outstanding efforts in wellness for their employees and their families.