Healthy Communities plan events

WARREN – The Trumbull County Creating Healthy Communities committee has been meeting to plan events for 2014, which will include the Bike to Work Day this spring and the School to Farm tour this summer.

Mel Milliron, health educator with the county health department and a project director for Creating Healthy Communities, said the 30-member committee is focusing on smoke-free multi-unit housing, nutrition and physical education.

This past week, a physical education teacher training session was held at Youngstown State University for area teachers.

Milliron said the physical education community training day workshop was held to promote active student engagement and collecting and using assessment data while motivating students to be actively engaged.

He said many of the events planned throughout the year will share ideas and experiences related to health-related topics and themes.

Milliron said the committee is addressing activities that create change in social systems and environmental conditions at the community levels that will influence and support individual behavior change.

He said specific activities are directed at reducing tobacco use and exposure, promoting physical activity and healthy eating, improving access to quality preventive health care services and eliminating health disparities.

The annual Bike to Work Day is being planned for 6 to 9 a.m. May 16 in Warren as a way to promote a more bicycle-friendly community.

Organizers of the event said it will provide publicity for people riding bicycles as well as the Western Reserve Greenway Trail and other planned bike events such as the Ride of Silence.

Coordinators of that event said they plan to promote the nearby bike trail in Warren.

John Rolf, executive director of the Warren YMCA, said the YMCA will provide a place for people to shower and place their bikes after the event.

He and Milliron said the ride aims to get people healthier and physically active by riding their bike.

There will be focus on nutrition with a produce stand at the Victory Garden in downtown Warren.

The Creating Healthy Communities program is designed to enhance local communities’ abilities to develop and implement policy, systems, and environmental change strategies that can help prevent or manage health-risk factors for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer and obesity.

For information, call 330-675-7807.