Umatilla 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.
Umatilla County was in the capacity building stage of our project so we decided it would benefit us to
wait until the Community Needs and Readiness Assessment was conducted to develop an action plan.
After the CNRA concluded, we were able to set aside a small pot of money for coalition members.
Through an application process, the coalition selected and funded four small PSE projects to increase access to
physical activity and healthy food. The projects are:
Check out the resources below and visit our new website to learn more!
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