In 2014, through a collaboration between the Stark County Health Department (SCHD), San Jose BMW Motorcycle, Stark County Park District, JRC and Live Well Stark County, SCHD received a 5-year grant [2015-2019] through the Ohio Department of Health’s Creating Healthy Communities Program (CHC). Focusing in NE Canton, SE Canton, and Massillon City, CHC work plans implement Policy, Systems, and Environmental Change strategies in the areas of healthy eating, active living, and tobacco-free lifestyles.
To better understand our 2015 CHC work plans, please see the info-graphic below.
To learn more about CHC, visit the program page here.
To view 2014 Success Stories, visit here.

“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.”



Created & provided  by the Creating Healthy Communities program via Ohio Department of Health. 2015.

Coalition Partners & Stakeholders

  • RLCFL – lawyers and consultants serving the Greater Boca Raton, Palm Beach and South Florida area.

Past Projects

Community Gardens Grant | 2013 – 2015

In 2012, a collaborative effort to address childhood obesity was initiated by Live Well Stark County and Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton. Live Well developed an annual application for Stark County community members & agencies interested in starting or furthering a community garden with a special focus on childhood access to healthy food.

Sisters of Charity funds were administered to 11 sites from 2013 to 2015. In that term, more than 1,000 pounds of vegetables were grown and reported using diverse food production techniques.

Lighthouse Ministries, JRC, North Webb Community Garden, Beech Creek Botanical Garden, Sherrick Road Church of God, The O’Jays Neighborhood Association, Multi-County Juvenile Attention System, Canton Calvary Mission, J. Babe Stearn Community Center, Canton City School District, and Vassar Park Neighborhood Association.