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Umatilla County Plan4Health Initiative

UmatillOR Graphica County Plan4Health Coalition aims to build a county-based network of partners responsible for making changes to policy, systems, and environment strategies in an effort to promote healthy lifestyles in a rural Oregon county. We will be bringing together key stakeholders who have a desire to build a healthier community through increased physical activity and access to nutritious food.

Check out the resources below and visit our new website to learn more!

Learn more about our impact:

Success story: April 2017                                Success story: October 2016                          Fact sheet: April 2016

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How can you get involved?

You are encouraged to join the coalition listserv, stay up to date on Plan4Health activities via Facebook, Twitter, and our website, take a personal pledge to make small changes that can yield huge benefits, get active in your daily life; walk or bike to a destination instead of driving, eat a plant based meal one night a week, plant a garden.

Businesses and Worksites
Assess and evaluate food provided to employees in cafeterias and meetings, incorporate Health in All Policies framework, support micro-breaks to stretch and move every hour, offer and publish walking routes, provide secure bike storage, allow participation in fitness activities during work hours, encourage use of stairwells, offer incentives for bio-metric screenings, provide standing desks and other alternatives to provide flexibility to choose to stand or sit.

Support sustainable agriculture. Expand access to local, healthy foods through local and regional food systems, school food programs and food equity initiatives.

Assess and evaluate food provided to students in cafeteria and classroom settings, enhance the lunchroom environment, establish safe routes to school, prohibit the sale and consumption of soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages on campus, integrate physical activity into lesson plans, establish a school garden and incorporate nutrition focused activities and material into curriculum, discontinue using unhealthy foods for fundraisers, establish a health and wellness council that meets regularly.

Adopt a Complete Streets Policy, encourage mixed-use development, assess retail locations offering tobacco, and nutritionally poor choices.

For more information please contact:

Alisha Southwick, RN, BSN                                                                         Tamra Mabbott
School Health and Community Wellness Supervisor                  Director
Umatilla County Public Health                                                                 Umatilla County Land Use Planning
541-278-5432                                                                                                    541-278-6252
alisha.southwick@umatillacounty.net                                                  tamra.mabbott@umatillacounty.net

Stay tuned for more from Umatilla County’s Public Health Department, the Oregon Chapter of APA, and the Oregon Public Health Association!