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Healthy Eating

Creating Healthy Communities strives to increase access to healthy and affordable foods for high need Ohioans. Click on the tabs below to learn more about CHC's healthy eating initiatives.

Food Service Guidelines

Food Service Guidelines are a set of nutrition criteria for beverages, snacks, entrees, and meals that can be implemented at worksites and community settings to increase access to healthy options and create food environments that make nutritious options easier to choose. The goal of Food Service Guidelines is to prevent and reduce diet-related chronic diseases and disparities among Ohioans. Click the link below to view a model that helps to visualize components of the Ohio Department of Health’s Food Service Guidelines work.

Food Service Guidelines Visualization 

The toolkit linked below is designed for worksites and community organizations that are looking to make changes to create a healthier food environment. Included is guidance on customer buy-in, nutrition standards adopted from the American Heart Association, sustainability considerations, assessment/evaluation tools and marketing/promotion suggestions.  

Following these guidelines will help contribute to a culture of health, which is an environment where health is valued, supported and promoted through policies, programs, and benefits and environmental supports. Click the links below to view each toolkit as well as corresponding promotional materials.

Ohio Food and Beverage Guidelines Toolkit

Cafes, Cafeterias, Snack Carts, and Micro-Markets

Meetings and Catered Events

Vending Machines

Promotional Materials

Healthy Food Retail

Healthy food retail is a statewide initiative led by the Creating Healthy Communities program to help make healthy foods affordable and accessible at corner and convenience stores in areas that do not have access to full service grocery stores. Good Food Here stores stock fresh fruits and vegetables and other healthy foods, such as whole grains, low-fat dairy, lean meats, and low-calorie or low-sodium snacks.            

Local health departments across Ohio are working with small retail stores to implement Good Food Here in nearly a dozen cities and counties. Check out the video below to see Good Food Here being implemented in Summit County!

The Good Food Here Coordinator Guide provides step by step instructions for how to identify small food retailers to work with and provide technical assistance on selling healthier food items. The Good Food Here Store Owner Guide provides information on how small retail store owners can purchase, price and promote healthy food offerings. Click the links below to view these guides.

Good Food Here Coordinator Guide

Good Food Here Store Owner Guide

Water First for Thirst

Water First for Thirst is a statewide campaign to educate Ohioans about why water should be the first beverage of choice. Originally developed by Columbus Public Health, Water First for Thirst provides tools that empower communities to make more informed choices about their beverages. Click the links below to view and download promotional posters.

Promotional Posters 8.5x11 - PDF

Promotional Posters 11x17 - PDF


Farmers’ Markets

Produce Perks is Ohio’s nutrition incentive program, which matches the value of SNAP/EBT with additional dollars to spend on fruits and vegetables when SNAP consumers shop at participating farmers markets and grocery stores. Produce Perks doubles the purchasing power of SNAP consumers and unlocks affordable access to fruits and vegetables.

The Ohio Nutrition Incentive Network is a multi-sector coalition that collaborates and convenes to improve healthy food access across Ohio. The Network’s approach seeks to increase affordable access to healthy food, while strengthening local farms and economies.  The Network supports the statewide Produce Perks program. 

If you are interested in learning more, visit https://produceperks.org