During the past two years, six counties in the Mid-Ohio Valley have been using a new approach to promote healthy eating and physical activity. Rather than focusing only on changing individual behavior, these communities are also changing policies, systems and environments to make the healthy choice the easy choice.

Five regional events will be held to share the results to date and to learn what other communities are doing to tackle the issues. All sectors of the community - local businesses, schools, health and social service organizations, government agencies and faithbased groups - are encouraged to attend.

Presentations and discussions will explore a variety of strategies, including:

Starting and expanding local farmers' markets

Offering fresh fruits and vegetables in convenience stores

Creating "healthy checkout aisles" in grocery stores

Promoting the availability and affordability of fresh fruits and vegetables in grocery stores

Improving physical education and increasing fresh fruits and vegetables in schools

Including healthy options on concession stand menus at youth sports events

Developing trails and paths for walking and biking

And more!

For locations, times, details and registration info see Change the Future WV events

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