Our Vision: Marion County’s culture prioritizes, values and promotes equitable opportunities for everyone in the community to have a healthy lifestyle and be as healthy as they can be.
Our Mission: To help bring about policy, system and environmental changes in the community that create opportunities for everyone to be as healthy as they can be.
Pioneering Healthier Communities Ohio – Marion is a diverse coalition of community leaders and organizations working to promote policy, systems and environmental changes that will allow children to increase their physical activity and improve their eating habits leading to reduced rates of childhood obesity in Marion. Our work is in concert with a state-wide network of communities, advocates, organizations and individuals creating fair opportunities for children to access healthy food and physical activity.
The primary goal of this initiative is to reduce childhood obesity in Marion through policy, systems and environmental changes that create sustainable opportunities for physical activity and healthy eating.
PHC – Marion was formed in 2010 with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (through YMCA of the USA). From 2010 to 2013, PHC – Marion received additional funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
The coalition has also received funding from the Marion Community Foundation for specific initiatives including community gardens, establishing Healthy in a Hurry sections of neighborhood stores, providing physical activity for children at Summer Feeding sites, bike safety days at area schools, and establishing bike routes on Marion streets.
Sharon Baldinger, Marion Industrial Center
Gary Barber, Marion City Schools
Rosemary Chaudry, Marion Resident
Erin Creeden, Marion Public Health
Nancy Hafer, Elgin Schools Board of Education
Dr. Leonard Janchar, Marion Area Physicians
Jim Lavelle, Ohio Heartland Community Action
Theresa Lubke, Marion Family YMCA
Chloe Metcalf, student – Elgin High School
Mike Thomas, Marion City Council
Jessica Trainer, Marion County Board of Development Disabilities
Tom Quade, Marion Public Health
Angie Reiff, Center Street Community Health Center
Greg Rose, The Ohio State University at Marion
Built Environment Team
- To increase opportunity for physical activity in people’s daily lives.
- Lead advocacy efforts for “complete streets”.
- Encourage safe biking for children with continued school bike safety days.
- Support Safe Routes to School Efforts.
Education and Awareness Team
- To increase public awareness and support for the needs of Policy, System and Environmental change to reduce childhood obesity while also providing educational tools that encourage lifestyle changes.
- Provide support, exposure and community awareness of the work of other Action Teams and similar coalitions & organizations.
Food Access Team
- To increase healthy food access and healthy food choices in Marion County.
- Continue effort to change physical environment resulting in community gardens and other locally grown food sources.
- Partner or coordinate with food stores / venues in underserved neighborhoods for better access to fresh produce and other healthy foods.
- Partner and coordinate efforts for locally grown food sources and markets.
Healthy Schools Team
- To increase opportunities for physical activity and healthy eating within schools, child cares and extracurricular / out of school activities.
- Facilitate training and assist with implementation on healthy food guidelines/policies.
- Work with local school systems to adopt comprehensive, detailed wellness policies addressing the overall school health environment.
- Advocate for and assist with creation and implementation of public school policies regarding fundraising and classroom celebrations.
- Support Farm to School initiatives.
- Partner with administrators of Summer Feeding sites to include physical activity.
- To evaluate progress of the CAP (Community Action Plan).
- Evaluations are used to determine engagement of stakeholders and impact of initiatives.
- Erin Creeden, Grant Project Manager, CHC Program Coordinator, Marion Public Health
- Theresa Lubke, Executive Director, Marion Family YMCA