Lincoln Heights increases recycling by 453%

Posted by  Hollis Bass on 10.20.2017

Thanks to a new curbside recycling program, Lincoln Heights residents recycled 17.63 tons in the first six months of 2017. This is a 453 percent increase in tons recycled over the same period in 2016.

Under the leadership of Council Member Linda Childs-Jeter, the village is working with Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste to improve recycling participation and decrease waste. Linda is a WeTHRIVE! Ambassador and member of the Lincoln Heights WeTHRIVE! Team.

headshot of linda childs jeter
Council member Linda Childs-Jeter leads Lincoln Heights Recycles.

“Lincoln Heights has established a strong recycling infrastructure in their community with curbside recycling,” said Michelle Balz, Assistant ...

Amberley Village makes pedestrian safety a priority

Posted by  Hollis Bass on 9.21.2017

Passage of a new pedestrian safety resolution marks a cultural shift in how Amberley Village (a WeTHRIVE! community) views its streets. “The resolution ensures that whenever a street or road improvement project is undertaken, there will be an evaluation of safety features from a pedestrian point of view,” said Natalie Wolf, Amberley’s vice mayor and chair of the Health, Education & Welfare Committee.

Natalie Wolf in front of banner that reads look out for pedestrians
Natalie Wolf is chair of the Health, Education & Welfare Committee, 
which sponsored the pedestrian safety resolution. Village council members
Elida Kamine and Ray Warren also serve on the committee.

Pedestrian safety is an important part ...

The jelly donut list: encouraging students to make the healthy choice

Posted by  Scott Nimmer on 8.31.2017

Over the past year and a half as a teacher at North College Hill Elementary School, I have had problems with students not having a pencil when it is time for class. We also have a great bakery in North College Hill, so I began the “jelly donut” fund. Every time a student asked for more than one pencil a week, I tracked it and said they owed me a jelly donut from the bakery. I never held students to the list, but over the school year at least once a week a student delivered me a jelly donut. 

After getting ...

WeTHRIVE! recognized as a national model practice

Posted by  Becca Stowe on 8.24.2017

It started like any other day. And then, there it was. The email I had been waiting to receive. 

Congratulations! We are pleased to inform you that your program WeTHRIVE!: Community Wellness in Action has been selected as a Model Practice by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) Model Practices Program…Your program reflects a strong local health department role, collaboration, innovation, and has demonstrated its value by undergoing a vigorous peer-evaluation.

It went on to read:

Please save the date for the NACCHO Annual Conference and the Grand Award Ceremony where your organization will be recognized.

group on stage in front of sign that reads NACCHO annual 2017
It’s ...

Montgomery Farmer’s Market makes healthy food more affordable for SNAP customers

Posted by  Hollis Bass on 8.11.2017

Buying healthy food can be a challenge for lower income shoppers. This summer, Montgomery Farmer’s Market is making it easier for people who qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to use their benefits to purchase items at the market.

banner about SNAP and produce perks

You may wonder why a suburban farmer’s market needs to accept SNAP benefits. When Kim Chelf, president of the market board, and Marian Dickinson, former board member, first brought up the idea a couple of years ago, the rest of the board was skeptical.  “They didn't really understand the need to accept SNAP in Montgomery,” said Kim, who is ...

Lockland girls get their chance to dance with Princesses Ballet

Posted by  Hollis Bass on 4.27.2017

In a community like Lockland, where 47% of children live in poverty and 86% of students qualify for free and reduced school lunch, ballet lessons are a luxury most cannot afford. But Reading-Lockland Presbyterian Church (RLPC) and City Gospel Mission are letting little girls dream about becoming ballerinas through the Princesses Ballet program.

girls dancing in ballet class


For the past three years, girls of all ages have attended weekly dance classes at RLPC during the school year. The City Gospel Mission program focuses on success for each girl while building character, self-esteem, discipline, and a love of dance. Princesses Ballet runs classes at ...

Lockland youth learn healthy cooking from Cincinnati Gives A Crock

Posted by  Hollis Bass on 4.17.2017

On Monday afternoons, a group of 6th-8th graders gathers in the basement of Reading-Lockland Presbyterian Church (RLPC). Each student sits attentively, a cutting board, chef’s knife, and tray of fresh vegetables on the table before them. They are ready for the Cincinnati Gives A Crock cooking class to begin.

cooking class workstation with cutting board, chef's knife, and tray of fresh produce

Cincinnati Gives A Crock is a 10-week program by La Soupe that teaches students how to cook healthy meals. “In the first class, the kids get a crockpot to take home,” explains Carolyn Collette, founder of Cincinnati Gives a Crock. “Every week they prepare produce and ingredients for ...

Forest Park firefighters teach safe sleep to prevent infant deaths

Posted by  Hollis Bass on 4.3.2017

When the Forest Park Fire Department responded to four infant sleeping deaths over a three-month span, all in the same apartment complex, Captain Tom Jackson felt that something had to be done. “The department has always done a lot of education about smoke detectors and in the schools,” said Jackson. “These things make a difference, so I thought, why not make a difference with something as important as babies sleeping safely?”

Forest Park Fire Department firefighter standing in front of fire truck
Captain Tom Jackson of the Forest Park Fire Department.

Jackson took his concerns to Assistant Fire Chief Jermaine Hill, who also heads up the Forest Park WeTHRIVE! Team. ...

Putting the 'We' in WeTHRIVE!: A Resident Call to Action

Posted by  Joyce Campbell on 3.7.2016

WeTHRIVE! is an initiative of Hamilton County Public Health, which is helping to create healthier communities for the residents of Hamilton County, OH. We are partners uniting for action to get things done and are working together on common issues with the ultimate goal of improving community health.

I have participated in the Lockland WeTHRIVE! group since it began and appreciate the good that has been accomplished. Eating healthy food, getting proper exercise, and not smoking, all contribute to better health. This is being promoted by having a salad bar in the school, exercise and playground equipment in the parks, and a ‘no smoking’ policy in the stadium. Presently, ...

WeTHRIVE! Breaks Paradigms

Posted by  Tim Ingram on 11.23.2015

As Health Commissioner, I could write columns, send flyers, or talk to you through the media, continually telling you that we eat and smoke too much and don't get enough exercise. I could share studies and data illustrating the ills awaiting us as a result of or less-than-healthy lifestyles. Or, I could engage you and your communities to make substantive, long-lasting policy and infrastructure changes to encourage healthy practices. Which tactic do you think would be most successful?

Hopefully, you will agree that the latter approach is most effective. If so, you and your community are prime candidates to join ...

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