While numerous organizations and initiatives have been working to improve health outcomes, and we continue to have excellent medical care facilities, we are still not living long, healthy, and fulfilling lives. Community decisions have discounted health, sustaining and creating circumstances where many residents in the Mahoning Valley do not have access to healthy, affordable food or safe, suitable surroundings that allow for physical activity. This has resulted in poor nutrition and physical inactivity, both preventable conditions, becoming two of the most pressing issues impacting the health of Mahoning Valley residents and leading to high rates of obesity, diabetes, cancer, and other chronic diseases.
We will first focus on creating more equitable opportunities for residents to eat healthier and be more active, as well as encourage and support residents to make those choices. We have selected three evidence-based approaches that align with priorities identified by community residents.