The Creating Healthy Schools and Communities (CHSC) work plan aims to grow partnerships and build social capacity that will allow communities to achieve policy, programs, systems and environmental changes that encourage and support good nutrition and daily physical activity. The work plan includes four community components: schools, worksites, small retail and complete streets.
Heart Network staff work with three Franklin County school districts to enhance Board of Education regulations and policies for nutrition and physical activity; support implementation of those policies in each school building; and promote development and implementation of school health improvement plans.
Heart Network staff partner with work places in northern Franklin County to highlight the employer role in creation of healthy communities and facilitate their participation in that process by encouraging the adoption of policies that support procurement and/or service of healthy foods.
The Heart Network works with convenience stores located in CHSC communities to promote FitPix, a project focused on increasing availability (and visibility) of fruits and vegetables, healthy beverages and low-sodium products in small retail settings.
Heart Network staff work with the towns of Fort Covington, Moira, and Malone, and the Village of Malone, to facilitate processes that help establish or enhance written plans that document each community’s “complete streets” or “healthy place-making” vision, and then outline specific activities that bring those visions to life.