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Supportive Environments for Healthy Eating & Active Living
The PRCHN is involved in a number of projects focused on increasing access and opportunity in urban neighborhoods by developing safe and supportive environments for healthy eating and active living and improving community-clinical linkages. Among these projects are REACH (Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health), IMPACT (Ideas Moving Parents and Adolescents to Change Together), and We Run This City.
 
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REACH is a series of community initiatives focused exclusively on racial and ethnic approaches to alleviating health disparities in Cuyahoga County. These initiatives come under the umbrella of Health Improvement Partnership (HIP)-Cuyahoga, a consortium of more than 100 organizations that may be the largest-ever concentrated effort to enhance the health of everyone who calls Cuyahoga County home. 
 
IMPACT is a three-year intervention study involving 360 Cleveland families. IMPACT aims to help families learn about healthy eating, weight management, getting better sleep, managing stress, and staying active. Students and families participate in cooking demos, informational sessions on nutrition and body image, physical activity, and healthy living. Through this project, students are being touched at the individual, family, and school level. The goal is to have a positive impact on the body weight and blood pressure of the students. The study is funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, one of the many institutes of the National Institutes of Health. 
 
We Run This City Youth Marathon program is an innovative school/community-based fitness program administered by the YMCA of Greater Cleveland in collaboration with the Cleveland Department of Public Health, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD), the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, and PRCHN. We Run This City engages middle and high school youth across Cleveland (CMSD and charter schools) and encourages them to stay active.
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