Community Spotlight: Mt. Healthy
How Mt. Healthy THRIVES!:
- WeTHRIVE! Community: On May 20, 2014, Mt. Healthy adopted the WeTHRIVE! Overall resolution, making a commitment to create a culture of health, safety, and vitality. On October 7, 2014, the Mt. Healthy City Council also adopted the WeTHRIVE! Chronic Disease resolution.
- Physical Activity: Mt. Healthy is making strides to encourage residents to be active. A walking club was started that meets weekly. Monthly themed walks also add lots of fun while being active! A “Haunted Walk” was held in fall 2014. Residents walked around the city and made several stops at historical—or historically “haunted”—sites where tales were told by members of the Mt. Healthy Historical Society. Other planned themed walks included Christmas Caroling, Shamrock Walk, and Easter Walk. Look for more to be announced in the future!
- Healthy Food Access: A community garden was started in the summer of 2014 with the help of the Boy Scouts. Fresh vegetables were grown and donated to the local food pantry.
- On the Horizon: A youth athletic association and farmer’s market are in the planning stages.
In Their Own Words—Monica Lubiani Interview
What is your team’s vision for the community?
We want to engage the residents through work and play and promote healthy living. Our goal is to provide resources and recreation that focus on community building and community involvement.”
What has your community learned by becoming a WeTHRIVE! Community?:
Support from Hamilton County Public Health has really made it easy to be successful as a WeTHRIVE! community. The quarterly collaborative meetings have been a great resource for networking and learning skills about how to engage our residents and stakeholders in the community.
What does the team like best about the WeTHRIVE! initiative?
The WeTHRIVE! initiative is easily laid out and our Hamilton County Public Health representative made it easy to get through the process. Our team really enjoys the opportunity to make a difference. Many team members have taken the reigns in areas that they most enjoy and have experience making their own involvement with WeTHRIVE! enjoyable.
Why should other communities become a WeTHRIVE! Community?:
If you have the resources to become a WeTHRIVE! Community, do it! WeTHRIVE! is gaining notoriety throughout Cincinnati and its nearby cities and suburbs. It’s a great way to get to know your neighbors, showcase their talents and get people involved. It will take some effort to get things started but it’s totally worth it. Only in the start of our second year, we’ve already learned so much and adopted to try and make things more successful. Persistence pays off, and we feel like we’re starting Year 2 with a bang.
Check out the Mt. Healthy WeTHRIVE! page for additional updates and how you can get involved!
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