UCHD, Protecting Your Health.


Wednesday, 01 July 2015 18:50

Creating Healthy Communities

We’re creating healthy communities here in Union County. Whether it’s accepting SNAP benefits at the Union County Farmers Market, developing the county’s Trail and Greenway Master Plan, or ensuring model tobacco-free policies for schools, we’re here to make sure all of Union County stays happy and healthy.


Vision:  Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice
Mission:  Creating Healthy Communities (CHC) is committed to preventing and reducing chronic disease statewide. Through cross-sector collaboration, we are activating communities to improve access to and affordability of healthy food, increase opportunities for physical activity, and assure tobacco-free living where Ohioans live, work and play. By implementing sustainable evidence-based strategies, CHC is creating a culture of health.




In Union County, healthy living starts here. See what we’re working on below:



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Union County Trail and Greenway Master Plan

Richwood Lake Trail 

Bicycle Lending Program (Richwood)

Ohio Healthy Program 


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Richwood Farmers Market

Union County Farmers Market

Community Gardens

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Tobacco Free Schools

Tobacco Free Parks & Public Spaces

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Union County Trail and Greenway Master Plan

In 2013, the Union County Comprehensive Plan recommended a county-wide trail corridor plan be prepared. This lead to a collaboration of local governments, regional planning organizations, private interest groups, businesses and the public coming together to complete the Union County Trail and Greenway Master Plan. Together, these partners have developed a bold vision for future trail development and greenway preservation in the community. In addition, this plan showcases the natural, cultural and recreational resources in the County and illustrates how a linked network of trails and greenways can lead to an improved quality of life for residents and visitors. This Master Plan recommends policies and procedures that foster the development of trail and greenway systems; provides descriptions of theme based trail system that tells the story of Union County’s unique character and charm; and identifies early action projects that can be developed to begin the process of connecting the County’s many resources. Click on the icons below to learn more about the Union County Trail and Greenway Plan.

Richwood Lake Trail 


The Richwood Lake Park is a focal point in northeast Union County. Located just north of historic downtown Richwood, it offers numerous amenities like fishing, boating, youth athletics, picnicking and nature observation. To improve connection to the Village and within the park, a multi-use trail is being constructed that links the numerous park facilities and also provides connection to downtown Richwood, the Civic Center, and the Richwood schools. When completed, this one mile trail will expand the areas recreational resources, increase opportunities to access the lake and park for recreation and physical activity, and provide places to enjoy for the entire community. Click on the icons below to learn more about the Richwood Lake Trail.


Bicycle Lending Program (Richwood)

The bicycle lending program will be launching in 2017. The program will be run by the Richwood-North Union Library, and will feature rentable bikes for anyone with a library card. Simply check out a bike like you would a book, and spend your day exploring all Richwood has to offer while receiving the benefits of being physically active! 


Future Developments

 The Creating Healthy Communities program, along with other community partners, is looking to develop and further other new and existing projects in Union County between 2016 and 2019. Some of these projects include:

-Ohio Healthy Program for Day Cares and After School Programs

-North Union Safe Routes to School Projects

Healthy Eating

Richwood Farmers Market

Union County Farmers Market (SNAP)

Farmers Market Recipe Cards

Tobacco Free

Tobacco Free Schools

Tobacco Free Public Spaces & Parks





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