News & Progress

New WeTHRIVE! Ambassadors Graduate

July 2016Six community members were recently trained as new WeTHRIVE! Ambassadors! These Ambassadors are leaders who volunteer their time and talents towards building healthy communities. Congratulations to Mimi Anderson (Mt. Healthy), Kathy Cushing (Sedamsville), Jermaine Hill (Forest Park), Ruby Kinsey-Mumphrey (Lincoln Heights), Karen Schwamberger (Anderson Township), and Geraldine Taylor (Lincoln Heights). Visit the WeTHRIVE! Ambassador page to learn more about the program, requirements, and upcoming training dates!

Woodlawn Offers Kids a Chance to Eat Healthy and Be Active

July 2016This summer, about 100 children are attending the Village of Woodlawn’s summer camp each day at the recreation center. All campers receive a healthy breakfast and lunch, as well as lots of opportunities to be physically active. Camp staff teaches the kids how to read nutrition labels and provides education on healthy eating. During “Get Fit Week” (June 20—24), campers even took part in a boot camp taught by certified personal trainer Denise Bryers!

Boot Camp Saturday Gets Residents Sweatin’ in Forest Park

July 2016Forest Park WeTHRIVE! is offering family-friendly Boot Camp Saturday fitness classes to residents of all ages and fitness levels. Classes are free and run on Saturday mornings from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. from June 11—August 13 at the Winton Woods Intermediate School. About 15-20 people attend the class and “get to sweatin’” each week on their quest to a healthier lifestyle! Boot camp is instructed by fitness trainer Michelle Sneed. It’s not too late to join the fun! Contact Assistant Fire Chief, Jermaine Hill, at (513) 595-5291 for additional information.

Evendale Adds Healthy Options to Pool Concession Stand

July 2016At the start of the swim season, Village of Evendale pool patrons began noticing the growing number of healthier food options at the concession stand. Concession offerings were changed after speaking with many resident pool patrons during the off-season, who shared what items they would like to have available for themselves and their children. Simultaneously, Village of Evendale Recreation Department staff researched healthier product offerings of past and current vendors and attended product taste testing. Some of the changes to the pool concession stand include: (1) Bottled water was reduced from $1 to $0.50 to encourage water first for thirst; (2) soda bottles were replaced with cans to encourage less consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages; (3) a calorie menu was posted so patrons can make informed selections; and (4) new products were added like veggie burgers, apple sauce pouches, turkey dogs, yogurt, veggie straws, and Skinny Pop popcorn. The Village of Evendale uses the money generated at the pool concession stand as a fundraiser. In lieu of taste testing, recreation staff is reaching out to patrons to promote new product offerings and get immediate feedback. Initial data indicates that all of the early changes are resulting in favorable sales. Sales data will continue to be tracked, and a survey will be administered at the end of the season to get feedback and new ideas.

Policy Supports New Mothers’ Choice to Breastfeed

June 2016Anderson Township Trustees passed a policy on May 19, 2016 to address the needs of township employees who are also nursing mothers. A designated lactation space will be created that is comfortable and easily accessible. The Anderson Township WeTHRIVE! team will use the employee policy as a basis to allow community members and visitors a private place to nurse their children or to express milk as needed while at the Anderson Center. Learn how you can offer breastfeeding-friendly spaces!

Lockland Church Becomes Referral Site for Job Training

June 2016 Reading-Lockland Presbyterian Church and Cincinnati Works have teamed up to make it easier for community members to get jobs. Cincinnati Works brings support to people living in poverty by offering job training, job coaching, and one-on-one mentoring. People can go to Reading-Lockland Presbyterian Church every Tuesday from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. to learn more about the program and get signed up. Bus tokens will be given to get people to the Cincinnati Works office in Roselawn for services. To learn more, contact Reading-Lockland Presbyterian Church at (513) 821-9002.

Mt. Healthy Celebrates “WeTHRIVE!” Day with Community Event

April 2016The City of Mt. Healthy hosted a community health and safety fair on April 16, 2016—WeTHRIVE! Day in Hamilton County—on the grounds of the municipal community center and community park. On a beautiful Saturday afternoon, the drill team performed, a local martial arts studio provided a demonstration, and a yoga class was held in the park. Community groups had tables set up with brochures and handouts, including the Mt. Healthy WeTHRIVE! team, Southwest Ohio Breastfeeding Coalition, the Ovarian Cancer Society of Greater Cincinnati, Walgreens, and What Do I Stand For. The Mt. Healthy Police and Fire Departments had their service vehicles onsite—including police cruisers and fire trucks—for kids to explore. Check out photos from the event courtesy of photographers Bill Rocklin and Fred Russell!

Over 16 Tons Recycled at One Stop Drop Event

April 2016Amberley Village hosted its fourth annual One Stop Drop Recycling Event on April 10, 2016 to reduce the amount of waste that goes to the landfill. Over 640 vehicles passed through to drop off electronics, clothing, paper for shredding, art and office supplies, and much more! Early results show that nearly 33,000 pounds and 16.5 tons of recycled materials were collected. Be sure to check back on the Amberley Village WeTHRIVE! page for updated numbers once they are available!

Forest Park and Mt. Healthy Recipients of Thriving Communities Grant

March 2016The City of Mt. Healthy and Forest Park each received Thriving Community grants from Interact for Health to support and enhance their WeTHRIVE! efforts. Grants were awarded for a three-year period. Each community will receive $15,000 the first year; with a potential for up to $10,000 the second year, and up to $7,500 the third year. Both communities will focus on encouraging residents to engage in active living. Visit the Interact for Health website to learn more about their grant programs.

Fourteen Become WeTHRIVE! Ambassadors

March 2016Hamilton County Public Health relaunched the WeTHRIVE! Ambassador Program, a volunteer leadership program for community members (Ambassadors) who work locally to build healthy communities. Fourteen participants successfully completed training requirements needed to become WeTHRIVE! Ambassadors in their community. Visit the WeTHRIVE! Ambassador page to learn more about the program, requirements, and upcoming training dates

Lockland Receives Grant to Host Opioid Forum

February 2016The Lockland WeTHRIVE! team received the Call to Action Community Forum: Promotion Prevention of the Opioid Epidemic mini grant from PreventionFIRST! The mini grant will be used to host a community forum that includes a panel of Greater Cincinnati leaders who will discuss four focuses of reducing the opioid epidemic—prevention, treatment, harm reduction, and supply reduction. The community forum will be held on April 21, 2016 from 6:30pm-8:30pm at the Lockland School Cafeteria. Check back soon for an update from the community forum!

Over $1.2 million of Funding Received in 2015 for WeTHRIVE! Projects

January 2016Congratulations to all of the WeTHRIVE! communities that received over $1.2 million in grant funding and donations in 2015—including Arlington Heights, Colerain Township, Mt. Healthy, North Bend, Reading, Woodlawn, and Norwood (former WeTHRIVE! community). Funding and resources were awarded for trail resurfacing, safety improvements (sidewalks, lighting, traffic signals), bicycle helmets, water quality improvements, playground enhancements (benches, picnic tables, lighting), community education and awareness, and planning projects that align with the mission of WeTHRIVE!

Partners Gather to Hear National Expert Talk About Walkable Communities

January 2016Approximately 50 participants from public health, planning, law enforcement, education, business, engineering, local government, and community residents came together to learn innovative ways to create walkable communities from national expert Mark Fenton on January 21, 2016 at the Anderson Center. The event was sponsored by Anderson Township WeTHRIVE! Team and Administration, Hamilton County Planning Partnership, Hamilton County Public Health, Interact for Health, and the American Planning Association—Cincinnati Section. The interactive workshop sparked lots of discussion about actionable ideas that communities and school can use to start promoting safe walking and bicycling. Prior to the presentation, a small group of individuals from planning and public health joined Mark Fenton for a windshield tour around portions of Anderson Township and surrounding communities. The tour explored transportation routes both designed for walkers/bicyclers, as well as routes designed strictly for cars. Throughout the windshield tour, the group learned how simple design changes can make significant impact on the safety and accessibility of the roadway. To learn more about staying safe while walking and bicycling, visit the Stay Safe page in our resource library.

Ambassador Program to Kick Off in February 2016

January 2016The WeTHRIVE! Ambassador Program is a voluntary leadership program for community members who work locally to build healthy, safe communities. As an Ambassador, you’ll be making a difference in your own community while being part of a larger movement to make healthy living possible for everyone in Hamilton County. Learn more about the Ambassador Program and how you can register for upcoming orientation training

National Transportation Expert Coming to Hamilton County

December 2016Mark Fenton, national public health, planning, and transportation expert will be providing workshop on January 21, 2016 in Anderson Township on how to create walkable communities. Visit the special events section to learn more about this upcoming free workshop!

WeTHRIVE! Communities Receive Year One Recognition Status

December 2015Fourteen WeTHRIVE! Communities were honored at the 2015 WeTHRIVE! Community Recognition Event held at the Woodlawn Recreation Center on December 3, 2015. Year one recognition requirements included: (1) adoption of the WeTHRIVE! Overall Resolution, (2) establishing a WeTHRIVE! Team, (3) designating a team member to serve on the WeTHRIVE! Community Learning Collaborative, and (4) selecting at least one pathway to work through the process. Congratulations to the following communities for successfully documenting these requirements: Amberley Village, Anderson Township, Arlington Heights, Colerain Township, Evendale, Forest Park, Lincoln Heights, Lockland, Montgomery, Mt. Healthy, North Bend, Silverton, St. Bernard, and Woodlawn.

WeTHRIVE! Child Care Centers Receive State Recognition

December 2015Congratulations to three of our WeTHRIVE! Child Care Centers—TriHealth Early Learning Center (Montgomery), Waverly’s Hope (Colerain), and Type B-Robyn Perkins (Winton Place) —for achieving the Ohio Healthy Program state designation! The Ohio Child Care and Resource Referral Association (OCCRRA) created the Ohio Healthy Program in response to the growing concern surrounding childhood obesity at both state and national levels. Steps toward this distinction include: attending training, implementing a wellness policy, improving menus, and engaging parents.

Update: Anderson Township

June 2015During the month of May, Anderson Township focused on walking and bicycle safety within the Township. On May 6, in partnership with two Elementary schools, Anderson Township participated in National Bike/Walk to School day. Wilson and Ayer Elementary schools encouraged students to walk or ride their bike to and from school. Many students participated in walking or bicycling to school. On May 30, the Township hosted a Bicycle Rodeo during the farmers market. The Bike Rodeo was put on with the support of many partners including Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and Anderson Township Police and Fire Departments. Children participated in the bike rodeo to learn safety skills for when riding their bikes out in the community.

Update: Communities Adopt WeTHRIVE! Overall Resolutions

April 2015Nineteen Hamilton County communities have adopted the WeTHRIVE! Overall Resolution. Participating communities include: Addyston, Amberley Village, Anderson Township, Arlington Heights, Colerain Township, Crosby Township, Evendale, Fairfax, Forest Park, Lincoln Heights, Lockland, Montgomery, Mt. Healthy, North Bend, North College Hill, Reading, Saint Bernard, Silverton, and Woodlawn. Read more about how each community thrives!

Update: Child Care and After School Providers Adopt WeTHRIVE! Resolution

April 2015As of April 2015, 122 of Hamilton County’s child care centers and after school program providers have adopted the WeTHRIVE! Child Care or WeTHRIVE! After School Wellness Resolutions. Nearly 12,000 children now enjoy healthier food and beverage options and more opportunities for physical activity. Many are also tobacco-free campuses! Go here to find out more and to see the list of child care centers and after school programs in Hamilton County that are THRIVING!

Village of North Bend Receives Grant to Enhance Playground

March 2015The Village of North Bend was the recipient of an Interact for Health Grant. The funding will be used to complete the Presidential Community Playground located in the center of the historic village. The grant will be used to build a pavilion/shelter (24 feet by 24 feet) with electrical outlets and lighting on the interior. When finished in early June 2015, the pavilion will afford space for children and parents/guardians to congregate, away from the hot sun. It will also encourage opportunities for group fitness activities, which provides an outlet for adults to be active while children enjoy the playground. As such, the pavilion will be a multi-faceted shelter—giving protection from inclement weather—allowing families to have a reprieve from the confines of the home, and providing opportunities for residents to enjoy a spirit of community. Congratulations to North Bend! Go here to learn about North Bend’s WeTHRIVE! efforts.

Village of Evendale Receives Planning Award

March 2015The Village of Evendale was award the Frank F. Ferris II Planning Award from the Hamilton County Regional Planning Commission for their Evendale Bike and Pedestrian Plan. The planning award is awarded annually to a local planning commission or planning committee whose efforts have contributed to the elevation of planning principles, greater awareness of the value of planning and improved quality of life. Congratulations, Evendale!

Colerain Township Hosts Community Discussion on Opiate Use

February 2015The Colerain Township Community Health Awareness Team hosted “Addiction: Heroin and Panel Killers” panel discussion on February 25, 2015. Panelists discussed what is happening in Colerain related to opiate use; the faces of addiction; the stigma of addiction; and what has to change. Go here to watch the archived community discussion.

Communities Adopt WeTHRIVE! Overall Resolutions

August 2014Twelve Hamilton County communities have adopted the WeTHRIVE! Overall Resolution, including: Anderson Township, Arlington Heights, Crosby Township, Evendale, Lincoln Heights, Lockland, Mt. Healthy, North Bend, Reading, Saint Bernard, Silverton, and Woodlawn. The WeTHRIVE! Overall Resolution solidifies the community’s commitment to achieving a healthy, thriving community. Read more about how each community thrives!

North Bend Opens New Park

July 2014The Village of North Bend celebrated the grand opening of the Presidential Community Park on June 21, 2014. The new park, furnished with playground equipment, four square, picnic tables, and a basketball court, was a collaborative effort of many organizations and individuals. The City of Montgomery donated a playground structure to help make the new recreation space a reality in North Bend. Western Hills Lowe’s and Home Depot donated landscaping, picnic tables, and volunteers to assemble and paint the picnic tables, as well as other construction materials. Read more about the playground opening and other organizations that contributed to the effort!

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July 25, 2016