Healthy Eating

Community Gardening: Eating fresh fruits and vegetables is good for your health. Creating community gardens increases access to fresh fruits and vegetables, especially for those who are limited in opportunities and income. The Allen County CHC program can assist community organizations in developing a community garden and can provide some garden materials to get started. CHC is also working with Allen Soil and Water Conservation District to offer monthly education forums on garden topics for individuals who are interested in their own garden.

If you’re interested in a community garden at your organization, contact the CHC Program Coordinator at 419-228-4457 or email

CHC also works with the Allen County Food Council to increase availability of fresh produce to residents throughout the county.

Allen County Garden Share: Donate the extra vegetables from your garden or fruit from your fruit trees and give a gift of health. For a list of food pantries and soup kitchens that accept fresh produce in Allen County click here, or contact the Prevention and Health Promotion Services Division at 419-228-4457.

Ohio Healthy Program Training for Early Childhood Education Centers. The Ohio Childcare Resource and Referral Service created Ohio Healthy Programs in response to the growing concern surrounding childhood obesity at both state and national levels. The project offers child care programs the opportunity to earn recognition as an Ohio Healthy Program. Steps toward this distinction include: attending training, implementing a wellness policy, improving menus and engaging parents.

If you would like to schedule a training at your childcare setting, contact the CHC Coordinator at 419-228-4457 or

Worksite Wellness Collaborative: CHC has many resources available to assist worksites with wellness initiatives or policy writing. We happily support the Activated Business Challenge and promote the Healthy Ohio Business Council’s Healthy Ohio Healthy Worksite Award.

If you would like assistance with wellness initiatives at your workplace, contact the CHC Coordinator at 419-228-4457 or email

#WeAreActivated: Creating Healthy Communities partners with many other programs and coalitions throughout the county and is an active member of Activate Allen County, committed to improving the health of all Allen County residents.