Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice


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.

Creating Healthy Communities is a five-year grant project from the Ohio Department of Health. The first year of the grant will focus on capacity building which includes expanding the membership of the Get Healthy Knox County coalition which will now become the CHC Coalition. The first year will also include conducting a CHANGE tool assessment with community agencies, schools, businesses and organizations to identify Knox County’s resources and areas of improvement.


Knox County CHC Project Coordinator

Tami Ruhl, RD, LD
Knox County Health Department
11660 Upper Gilchrist Rd.
Mount Vernon, OH 43050

740-392-2200, Ext. 2274    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Knox County CHC Project Goals for 2015

 Increase the number of adults/youth who have access to places for physical activity as evidenced by at minimum a 40% increase in the number of bicycle racks available at Knox County bike trails and will evaluate the bicycle rental program infrastructure for those trails.

 Increase access to fruits and vegetables at two Head Start preschool sites as evidenced by a 30% increase in school gardens and educational sessions on gardening, canning/freezing or cooking of garden produce to  students and families.

  Implement and /or enforce policies/practices as evidenced by an increase of one No-Hire Tobacco policy for a local organization/business.


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Public Health - Knox County Health DepartmentPublic Health is about focused community efforts to prevent disease, promote healthy lifestyles and protect the environment. It is what we do with our community partners to ensure conditions that support the health and well- being of our residents.


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11660 Upper Gilchrist Road
Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050