The Stark County Health Department is a current recipient of the Creating Healthy Communities (CHC) Grant from the Ohio Department of Health. Focusing in NE Canton, SE Canton and Massillon City, the CHC work plans are designed to implement policy, system, and environmental change strategies in the areas of healthy eating, active living, and tobacco-free behaviors. To better understand our CHC work plans and priority communities, please see the infographic below. There are 23 counties in Ohio which are recipients of the CHC Grant, for more information please visit the Ohio Department of Health's Creating Healthy Community's page here

To view 2017 Success Stories, visit here.

Vision: Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice

Mission: Creating Healthy Communities (CHC) is committed to preventing and reducing chronic disease statewide. Through cross-sector collaboration, we are activating communities to improve access to and affordability of healthy food, increase opportunities for physical activity, and assure tobacco-free living where Ohioans live, work and play. By implementing sustainable evidence-based strategies, CHC is creating a culture of health. 

Created & provided by the Creating Healthy Communities program via Ohio Department of Health. 2018.


Active Living

  • The Warehouse District Better Block was held in September 2017. The purpose of a Better Block is to create inexpensive changes to revitalize underused properties and highlight community potential. This weekend 'event' showcased the possibility of community redevelopment and helped residents re-imagine a once thriving space in the Northeast Canton Community. Thanks to all of our partners and the organizations that made this event a success! Click through the gallery above to check out the event!

Healthy Eating

  • The StarkFresh Veggie Mobile has consistently been expanding and growing in the community. The build out of hoop houses allowed them to begin their growing season earlier in the year, and the addition of a second refrigerated truck has allowed them to add more stops to their routes and deliver more fresh produce to residents around the county!

Tobacco Free

  • Tobacco-free policies have been implemented at: Duncan Plaza in Massillon, the Massillon farmers' market, Lighthouse Ministries and all Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority public housing residences.

  • Live Well Stark County has been involved with supporting tobacco free policies by providing signage and technical assistance. If you are interested in supporting a tobacco free policy, please contact us and we can help provide signage!

Community Gardens Grant | 2013 - 2015
In 2012, a collaborative effort to address childhood obesity was initiated by Live Well Stark County and Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton. Sisters of Charity funds were administered to 11 sites from 2013 to 2015. In that term, more than 1,000 pounds of vegetables were grown. Community gardens continued to be developed as a strategy of the CHC grant in 2015 & 2016. 

A special thank you to the following community garden partners:
Lighthouse Ministries, JRC, North Webb Community Garden, Beech Creek Botanical Garden, Sherrick Road Church of God, The O'Jays Neighborhood Association, Multi-County Juvenile Attention System, Canton Calvary Mission, J. Babe Stearn Community Center, Canton City School District, and Vassar Park Neighborhood Association.

Achieve Grant | 2008 - 2010 

Past Project Photos