Healthy Cleveland Update

The Healthy Cleveland initiative has received some additional support over the past few months with the addition of a new leadership team at the Cleveland Department of Public Health including Director Toinette Parrilla, Commissioner Myron Bennett, and Healthy Cleveland Program Manager Rachael Sommer, formerly Executive Assistant to Councilman Joe Cimperman. The Healthy Cleveland Nutrition Subcommittee has met over the past few months to finalize their work plan and area of focus for the next year.  The committee has decided to take on the issue of access to free drinking water in schools and city facilities and promoting water as a healthy choice.  Access to free drinking water is a provision in the Healthy and Hunger-Free Kids Act, the new federal guidelines for school meals, and there are schools throughout Greater Cleveland where access to water throughout the school day could be improved.  The committee will be identifying current policies and potential partners, infrastructure needs, resources available, and potential promotion campaigns over the course of the next year.  Columbus Public Health and the Ohio Department of Health have been promoting drinking water over sugar-sweetened beverages through their Water First for Thirst campaign.  If you would like to get involved in Healthy Cleveland and the work ofthe Nutrition Subcommittee contact rsommer [at] city [dot] cleveland [dot] oh [dot] us (Rachael Sommer) or taggart [dot] 32 [at] osu [dot] edu (Morgan Taggart).

Working Group(s): 
Health & Nutrition