Citizens For A Better Norwood

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Norwood wins the Gold again!

For the second year in a row, Norwood has won the Gold Healthy Ohio-Healthy Community award given by the Ohio Department of Health to only a select few Ohio communities (see last year’s announcement here). The outstanding programs and services provided by our Norwood Health Department play a big role in achieving the Gold status, but other community attributes are factored in as well. Congratulations to us!

Norwood Health Commissioner Pamela Walker-Bauer sent us the following announcement from the Ohio Department of Health:

The City of Norwood will receive a Gold Healthy Ohio-Healthy Community award Oct. 16 at the Ohio Society for Public Health Education Health Educator’s Institute annual meeting at Huston Woods Conference Center in Oxford. The City of Norwood is one of 18 communities to be honored by the Office of Healthy Ohio (OHO) in 2009.

“The City of Norwood exemplifies Healthy Ohio and the state of living well,” said Ohio Department of Health Director (ODH) Alvin D. Jackson, M.D. “The City of Norwood is a model for what all Ohio communities can be for their residents and visitors.”

Healthy Ohio-Healthy Community awards recognize communities’ outstanding achievements in implementing health-related policies and providing healthy community environments. The award recognizes communities’ efforts in encouraging and enabling employees, residents and visitors to make healthy choices including participating in physical activity, eating good, nutritious foods and avoiding tobacco.

Housed at ODH, OHO is part of Gov. Ted Strickland’s Turnaround Ohio initiative and consists of three core areas: health promotion, disease prevention and health equity.