Current Projects

In 2014, through a collaboration between the Stark County Health Department (SCHD), Stark County Park District, JRC and Live Well Stark County, SCHD received a 5-year grant [2015-2019] through the Ohio Department of Health's Creating Healthy Communities Program (CHC). Focusing in NE Canton, SE Canton, and Massillon City, CHC work plans implement Policy, Systems, and Environmental Change strategies in the areas of healthy eating, active living, and tobacco-free lifestyles. The vision of Creating Healthy Communities is Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice!
To better understand our 2015 CHC work plans, please see the info-graphic below.
To learn more about CHC, visit the program page here.
To view 2015 Success Stories, visit here.

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.
— CHC Mission Statement

Created & provided  by the Creating Healthy Communities program via Ohio Department of Health. 2015. 

Current Projects (2017)

NE Canton Better Block| 2017

Active Transportation|2017
A partnership between Live Well Stark County and Ernie's Bike Shop will be offering "experiential learning"rides. We will be teaching individuals how to ride the bicycle on the road for active commute. Stay tuned for more details.
Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing|2017
Live Well has partnered with Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority to assist in their new smoke-free housing policy, federally mandated in December of 2016. 
SE Canton Playground Project|2017
Details TBD.
Stark Fresh Expanded Mobile Farmer's Market|2017
StarkFresh will be expanding their veggie mobile market locations with the addition of a new veggie mobile. Locations will be in NE & SE Canton as well as Massillon. Stay tuned as we plan and coordinate for the 2017 season schedule!

Past Projects

Healthy Eating | 2016
With four new community gardens created in 2015, Massillon Community Garden Coalition added the fifth newest garden in 2016, the Ability Garden. Two shared use agreements between StarkFresh and the Massillon Community Garden Coalition, as well as the Sherrick Road Church of God have enabled the gardens to get their seeds growing early in the season. StarkFresh's hoop houses serve as a warm green house that allows seeds to thrive well before Ohio's temperatures allow. Additionally, the StarkFresh hoop houses have served as a site for one farm-to-institution as they grow food for the StarkFresh mobile farmer's market as well as the Corridor Farmer's market. 

Active Living | 2016
Massillon is working on implementing a Share the Road campaign- this advocacy and education based movement started in the city of Columbus and has spread to Stark County! Sharing the road emphasizes the importance of all road-users and that roadways are meant to be traveled by both bicyclists and motorists. In Northeast Canton, Creating Healthy Communities and Stark Parks invested in the revitalization of Cook's Lagoon Park, located in the 1800 block of Mahoning Road. Cook's Lagoon has a newly stained back bridge, thanks to Union Metal employees! Additional changes include a brand new bridge in the front of the park, up-cycled from an old tractor trailer bed. Stark Park's brand new kiosk design can be viewed at Cook's Lagoon. You may also enjoy a handicap accessible fishing ramp, leading persons of all abilities safely to the water front. Southeast Canton will see some new walking routes called, Stark Walks, as a part of a crime prevention through environmental design strategy. These routes are a series of loops between a half mile, to a mile that lead to various community resources such as; schools, libraries, and parks. 

Tobacco Free |2016
One of the greatest successes of a tobacco-free public space in 2016 is the ordinance for a tobacco-free Duncan Plaza. Massillon's community events at Duncan Plaza will now be able to be enjoyed without the presence of tobacco! Additional tobacco-free policies implemented are the tobacco-free Massillon Farmer's Market, A tobacco-free outdoor learning space at Lighthouse Ministries, and a tobacco-free StarkFresh Farmer's Market. 


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. Live Well developed an annual application for Stark County community members & agencies interested in starting or furthering a community garden with a special focus on childhood access to healthy food. 

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 and reported using diverse food production techniques.

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