Coalition working to offer healthier choices

Living healthy just got easier in Oberlin, as the Live Healthy Oberlin coalition works to increase opportunities for residents to be active, improve their food choices, and limit tobacco use.

The alliance has spearheaded many community projects in the city, including giving the recreation department a menu makeover. The concessions stands now offer healthier options such as fruit, trail mix, baked chips, and flavored water.

Depot Park now has outdoor exercise equipment, bike racks, and a hydration station. Oberlin College and Splash Zone have tagged along in the movement and have both become tobacco-free.

A plan is being created to evaluate the health of checkout lanes and grocery store tours to nudge shoppers toward healthy groceries and snack items. Oberlin Community Services, Lorain County Health & Dentistry, Kendal at Oberlin, and IGA are part of the collaborative efforts.

Anyone who wants to make a healthy impact in the city may attend a meeting from 8:30-9:45 a.m. on Sept. 6 at Oberlin Community Services.

The final quarterly meeting of 2017 will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 15 at the same location. If you plan on attending, RSVP to the Live Healthy Oberlin coordinator Kat Bray at

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