The Creating Healthy Communities (CHC) Program was created to lower the leading causes of death in our communities. Since many diseases are linked to living habits such as poor diet, low activity levels, and smoking, the CHC program is designed to create system and policy changes that promote healthy eating, active living and smoke-free areas in our schools, work places, health care facilities, and neighborhoods. The two main areas of concentration for this program are East Cleveland and Euclid, Ohio. Click here to visit the Creating Healthy Communities website.

CHC goals aim to:

  • Increase access to healthy foods
  • Increase active living and healthy eating
  • Inform health care experts about childhood obesity
  • Reduce smoking 

Keeping yourself well is key. Some ways to be healthy include:

  • Be active at least 3 days a week
  • Eat fruits and vegetables every day
  • Get active with your local garden 
  • Join a walking club
  • Quit smoking

Help your local area be well

  • Ask your local store to stock healthy foods
  • Become active in your neighborhood
  • Help build play areas
  • Shop at farmers markets

East Cleveland Teen Collaborative (ECTC)

The East Cleveland Teen Collaborative is Shaw High School students working in concert with community partners to promote health and violence prevention strategies to improve the community of East Cleveland. Click on links below for more information.
Instagram: @ecteenhealth
Twitter: @ecteenhealth
ECTC Mural Movie: Start to Finish 5/27/14
ECTC Mural Promotional Video 5/17/2014
Radio One Interview to announce Mural Party on 5/17/14

    Healthy Communities Links

    Ohio State University-Extension
    County Planning Commission
    Ohio Department of Health
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    Creating Healthy Communities website

    Contact Information

    Michele Benko, MS, RD, LD
    Program Manager
    (216) 201-2000 ext. 1528 

    Ann Stahlheber, MS, RD, LD
    (216) 201-2000 ext. 544