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  • Active Living and Healthy Eating – Active living and healthy eating can lead to benefits such as lowering high blood pressure, helping control weight and reducing the risk for other chronic diseases including cancer, diabetes, stroke and heart disease.  

Walking is an easy way to start and maintain a physically active lifestyle, and walkable communities make it easier for people of all ages and abilities to be active.  Follow these steps from the CDC Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans to easily incorporate active living into your everyday routine!

  • Eating healthier can be as easy as making half your plate full of fruits and vegetables and choosing Water First for Thirst instead of sugary drinks. Follow these steps from the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2015 and use the MyPlate model to enjoy a healthy diet every day.
  • Breast and Cervical Cancer Project – If found early, nearly all breast and cervical cancers can be treated successfully (Cancer in Ohio, 2014). In Ohio, most women have insurance coverage and these screenings are covered at no cost. For women without insurance, there may be programs to help them receive these lifesaving screenings.
  • Domestic Violence Prevention – Domestic violence (also called family violence or interpersonal violence) is a pattern of behavior used by one person in a relationship to control the other. The violence can happen all the time or only occasionally. Partners may be married or not, heterosexual, gay or lesbian; living together, separated or dating. It crosses the boundaries of age, socio-economic status, religion, race, ethnicity and nationality.  
  • Gestational Diabetes –Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that is first seen in a pregnant woman who did not have diabetes before she was pregnant. Some women develop gestational diabetes in the middle of pregnancy. Doctors usually test for it between 24 and 28 weeks of pregnancy.
  • ​Human Trafficking – Human trafficking is one of the fastest growing criminal industries in the world. Annually, the money illegally acquired through human trafficking is estimated to be more than $35 billion, which equals the profits earned by Starbucks, Google and Nike combined.
  • ​Maternal and Child Health Program – The Maternal and Child Health Program is an organized community effort to eliminate health disparities, improve birth outcomes and improve the health status of women, infants and children in Ohio. 
  • (Pic)ture Perfect Health – About 50 percent of all pregnancies are unplanned. Regardless of if you picture yourself getting pregnant or not, if you are engaging in sex, being at optimal health is in your best interest.  This program is designed to address the main health concerns of women who are at any stage of reproductive desire. If you do not desire pregnancy, use the specified links to learn more about staying fit, avoiding toxic behaviors and safe sex techniques. If you do desire pregnancy use that link to get resources that tell you how to optimize your preconception and inter-conception health to have the best growing conditions for your child.


  • ​Reproductive Health and Wellness Program – The Reproductive Health and Wellness Program (RHWP) comprehensively addresses issues of reproductive health and wellness (including family planning) with a focus on populations in greatest need and identified priorities. An important goal of the RHWP in Ohio is to improve the overall health and well-being of women and men by promoting healthy lifestyles and encouraging the establishment of a reproductive life plan.
  • ​Sexual Violence Prevention – Primary prevention of sexual violence is about creating equality and ensuring safety and peace in all Ohio’s communities. It is about changing the social norms, values and belief systems that contribute to sexual violence. It is about putting energy, knowledge and expertise into stopping sexual violence before it happens.
  • ​Sexual Assault Response and Recovery  The Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Prevention Program response and recovery services include administering the federal Sexual Assault Services Act and Preventative Health and Health Services Block Grant, Sex Offense Set-Aside funds. These funds provide for the provision of comprehensive, standardized and appropriate crises intervention, support and follow-up services for survivors of sexual assault.
  • Women, Infants and Children –The WIC Program helps income eligible pregnant and breastfeeding women, women who recently had a baby, infants, and children as old as five years of age. The program improves pregnancy outcomes by providing or referring to support services necessary for full-term pregnancies; reduces infant mortality by reducing the incidence of low birth weight (infants under 5 ½ pounds are at greater risk of breathing problems, brain injuries and physical abnormalities), and provides infants and children with a healthy start in life by improving poor or inadequate diets. WIC provides nutrition education, breastfeeding education and support; supplemental, highly nutritious foods such as cereal, eggs, milk, whole grain foods, fruits and vegetables, and iron-fortified infant formula; and referral to prenatal and pediatric health care and other maternal and child health and human service programs (examples: Head Start, Medicaid and SNAP).