Western Reserve Hospital, the City of Cuyahoga Falls and Cuyahoga Falls City Schools received the Ohio Department of Health’s “Healthy Ohio Healthy Community Award,” an annual recognition of the Ohio communities that achieve outstanding success in improving the quality of life for their residents.
“Western Reserve Hospital’s tremendous commitment to improving the health of Cuyahoga Falls has paved the way for a number of far-reaching, enormously beneficial programs that positively impact our entire community,” said Cuyahoga Falls Mayor Don Walters.
Each year, the ODH presents the Healthy Community Awards to the communities that enact health-related policies and provide a healthy community environment, improving the quality of life for residents. The ODH focuses on nutrition, physical activity and tobacco cessation efforts when selecting award winners.
Western Reserve has launched several community health programs this year, including “Not Me, I’m Drug Free,” a massive anti-drug program that unites the schools, city, police dept., fire dept. and community businesses in educating fifth grade students about the dangers of drug abuse and rewarding them for pledging to remain drug free for life.
Cuyahoga Falls High School also partnered with Western Reserve this year to launch the Health and Wellness Den, one of four small learning communities that allow students to gain hands-on experience by shadowing a professional in their chosen field.
The hospital has also partnered with more than a dozen Northeast Ohio restaurants to launch “Doctor’s Order,” a popular healthy eating initiative that identifies heart healthy entrees on each restaurant’s menu, as well as providing a series of free healthy cooking demos for those who want to eat healthy at home as well.
“Programs like Doctor’s Order, the Health and Wellness Den and ‘Not Me, I’m Drug Free’ demonstrate both the broad scope of our impact on the community’s health, as well as our commitment to promoting healthy lifestyles outside of our medical facilities,” said Johanna Tanno, Wellness Coordinator, Western Reserve Hospital.
To help curb the lung health damage caused by tobacco use, the hospital offers free classes for those who want to quit smoking and affordable CT scans to help detect lung cancer. This year, 75 percent of class participants quit all forms of tobacco use and remained tobacco free for more than 30 days.