Creating Healthy Communities


2016 Middleport Splash Park Success Story 


CHC Mission:
Creating Healthy Communities (CHC) is committed to preventing and reducing chronic disease statewide. Through cross-sector collaboration, we are activating communities to improve access to and affordability of healthy food, increase opportunities for physical activity, and assure tobacco-free living where Ohioans live, work and play. By implementing sustainable evidence-based strategies, CHC is creating a culture of health.

CHC Vision: Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice
Funded by the Ohio Department of Health’s Bureau of Healthy Ohio, the Meigs County Health Department offers the Creating Healthy Communities program, which is focused on the prevention of chronic diseases among Meigs County residents. The program is designed to help local communities to develop and implement strategies that can help prevent or manage health-risk factors for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer and obesity. This is accomplished by focusing on three core areas: TOBACCO, PHYSICAL ACTIVITY and NUTRITION. For more information, contact Creating Healthy Communities Coordinator Laura Cleland 740-992-6626 x 1031

Priority Communities: Meigs County, Pomeroy, Middleport

The launch of the Meigs County Active Transportation Wikimap

As the popularity and necessity of walking and biking increase, information is sought to assess the current conditions of walk and biking in Meigs County. The Meigs County Health Department’s Creating Healthy Communities Program announces the launch of the Meigs County Active Transportation Wikimap. Wikimapping is an interactive, online data collection system where residents can plot walking and biking routes throughout the County.  The information collected will be used to guide planning for safety and education campaigns, as well as, potential infrastructure improvement projects.

For questions about the Wikimap or Active Transportation Project please contact Laura Cleland, Meigs County Health Department’s Creating Healthy Communities Project Director at (740) 992-6626 or

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