Health Educators promote healthy lifestyles and educate people, young and old, so they can make informed decisions about their health. Health educators present programs and promote healthy behaviors in schools, workplaces, health fairs and other settings. Our health educators are active on, or lead, a variety of committees and coalitions that are working to improve the health of Licking County residents.
Creating Healthy Communities (CHC) is committed to preventing and reducing chronic disease by increasing access to physical activity opportunities, and increasing access to healthy and affordable foods.
Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation programs aim to decrease tobacco use in Licking County by encouraging tobacco-free environments and promoting quiting efforts. LCHD representatives either lead, or participate in a variety of community coalitions working toward reducing the impact of tobacco use in Licking County.
LCHD's Drug Overdose Prevention program implements comprehensive community-based efforts to address drug abuse and overdose through: coalition development, community needs assessment and evaluation, formation of an overdose fatality review and development of policy, systems and environmental change strategies to address the issue.
The Licking County Safe Communities Coalition includes representatives from health, social, law enforcement, business, fire, emergency medical service and education organizations, and community leaders. Meetings are held at noon on the third Wednesday of each month. Funded through a grant from ODPS/NHTSA.
Radon is an odorless, colorless radioactive gas which can enter homes through the soil below the basement slab or crawlspace. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. The only way to know if your home has high radon levels it to test it. Homeowners may be eligible for free or reduced cost test kits through this program.
3rd Grade Health and Wellness Program
Health Educators provide third grade students the skills and knowledge to enable them to make the health decisions best for them. Partners in Wellness is a free, comprehensive year-long wellness program to approximately 1,800 third grade students, in 74 classrooms, in 11 school districts covering all aspects of wellness including physical, social and emotional health.
Trail to Health
The goal of the Trail to Health (www.trail2health.org) website to empower Licking County residents to create a healthier Licking County by promoting physical activity and the increasing awareness of our many trails, parks, and other recreational resources.
Child Injury Prevention
The Child Injury Prevention Program, in collaboration with the Licking County Child Injury Prevention Coalition, strives to reduce Emergency Department or Urgent Care visits due to motor vehicle and non-motorized wheeled sports equipment accidents among children in Licking County. Strategies include: convening a community coalition, gathering and evaluating data, and implementing Policy, Systems, and Environmental Change.
Healthy Food Access
Your food choices each day affect your health — how you feel today, tomorrow, and in the future. Having access to healthy foods that promote good nutrition is an important part of leading a healthy lifestyle. Combined with physical activity, your diet can help you to reach and maintain a healthy weight, reduce your risk of chronic diseases (like heart disease and cancer), and promote your overall health.
Check out our "Park Finder" map with local parks, preserves, playgrounds, pools, and more. Having easy access to places that you can hike, bike, run, and play help make the healthy choice the easy choice!