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Tuesday, October 30 2012, 02:56 PM EDT
Dayton Honored for Promoting Good Health
DAYTON -- The City of Dayton is among nine cities, one township and four counties honored by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) for promoting good health among residents.
 
Activities and initiatives that helped Dayton earn the ODH award include: establishment and promotion of recreation trails and bike lanes; creation of a master plan for future biking and walking enhancements; amending the zoning code to allow expansion of community gardens and urban agriculture; operation of an extensive schedule of low-cost recreational activities at community centers; participation in Montgomery County’s GetUP program; and many others.
 
“Dayton has taken a number of steps to make it easier for residents to walk and bike, and even more actions will be taken in the years ahead as we continue to implement the Livable Streets policy,” said Mayor Gary Leitzell. “These initiatives and others are models for what communities can be for their residents and visitors.”
 
ODH presented the Healthy Ohio-Healthy Community awards to the 14 communities at the Ohio Society for Public Health Education Health Educators’ Institute conference on Oct. 18 in Mount Sterling. Dayton is one just two of Ohio’s large cities to earn the award.
 
Healthy Ohio-Healthy Community awards recognize communities’ outstanding achievements in developing and implementing health-related policies, and providing healthy community environments. The award recognizes communities’ efforts in enabling employees, residents and visitors to make healthy choices including participating in physical activity, eating well and avoiding tobacco.

The 2012 Healthy Ohio-Healthy Community award winners are:
 
Platinum:  City of Westerville and City of Warren.
 
Gold: City of Columbus; City of Springdale; and City of Wilmington.
 
Silver: City of Dayton; Liberty Township (Delaware County); City of Mansfield; Tuscarawas County; and Lake County.
 
Bronze: Holmes County; City of Mentor; City of Findlay; Marion County.Dayton Honored for Promoting Good Health

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