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Healthy Communities
Healthy Communities

A healthy community is one in which community groups, schools, worksites, churches and healthcare providers work towards the common goal of making the healthy choice the easy choice.  A healthy community will promote social and physical environments that encourage citizens to be active, eat well, eliminate tobacco use and utilize preventative health services.

The most effective strategies for creating healthy communities are usually born of collaboration, as demonstrated by previous successes within Washington County that have been funded, in part, through the Creating Healthy Communities Program.

Marietta Trail Network

Spearheaded by the River Valley Mountain Bike Association, the Marietta Trail Network is an ever-growing, fifteen-mile trail system that runs through the heart of Marietta.  The trails link community parks, schools and neighborhoods and makes walking, hiking, trail running and mountain biking easily accessible to all.

Community Gardens

Washington County is currently home to seven community gardens, which are coordinated through the Washington County Harvest of Hope.  These gardens allow citizens with limited land or resources to grow their own vegetables.  Over 100 Washington County families are served through these gardens, which are also gleaning projects, where portions of harvests are donated to local food pantries to serve our most-risk residents.

Washington Playground Revitalization

The Fountain Foundation took the lead in revitalizing Washington Playground, one of Marietta's most utilized public playgrounds.  Through their efforts, the park now boasts a new gazebo, soccer field, water fountain and playground equipment.

Jackson Park Revitalization

Through the efforts of many community members and organizations, Marietta's Jackson Park is being returned to a vital greenspace within the community.  The Marietta Community Dog Park opened there in 2012.  Current work includes building a new activity shelter, planting trees, constructing benches, adding water fountains and repairing the basketball courts.

Indian Acres Skate Park

Through community partnerships and the grassroots efforts of Skaters United, Washington County is now home to the Mid-Ohio Valley's first skate park!  Situated in Indian Acres Park, the skate park provides a designated venue for the region's burgeoning skateboard community.  Community collaboration allowed the skate park to be built at a fraction of the cost of similar facilities.

Disc Golf Course at Broughton's

Disc golf is a fast-growing activity that can be enjoyed by everyone!  Play is similar to golf, except participants throw Frisbee style discs into baskets, as opposed to hitting balls in holes.  Want to give it a try?  Visit Broughton's Nature and Wildlife Area to visit one of the region's few tournament level courses.

Cutler Community Center

The old Cutler School now served the residents of western Washington County as the cutler Community Center, providing residents with a local meeting place for community events and activities.  The Center now includes a fitness room, community garden, food pantry, refurbished playground, and other various resources to serve the community.

Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention

With an aging population in Washington County it is important to develop activities that can be sustained into our later years.  The Washington County Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is doing just that by coordinating Tai Chi classes throughout the county.  Tai Chi is a fantastic exercise that has been scientifically proven to reduce accidental falls and the symptoms of arthritis, while improving circulation, mental acuity, and range of motion.

Senior Recreation at the O'Neill Center and Belpre Senior Center

The O'Neill Center and the Belpre Senior Center provide a wide array of wellness opportunities for those 50 years of age and older.  chair volleyball, Zumba, line dancing, Tai Chi, and biking are just a sampling of the many activities that are available.

Does your Community Need Assistance?

Contact Rabia Karim at (740) 374-2782 ext. 1019 or at  of your community could use assistance in helping its residents eat better or become more active.

Washington County Health Department

342 Muskingum Drive
Marietta, OH 45750

Ph: (740) 374-2782
Fx: (740) 376-7074

Hours

8 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.
(Except for legal holidays)

Nursing and Immunization hours