Interact for Health

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The Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) will transition to a smoke-free policy for its public housing residents.

"Our goal is to ensure that residents have healthy, smoke-free living options," said Denisha Porter, Cincinnati Health Department Director of Health Promotion and Worksite Wellness, who is working with CMHA on the policy.

Our constantly connected, tuned-in world can become stressful and often crowds out the ability to just sit and think, to slow down and relax. Maybe it's time to explore the benefits of doing nothing more than sitting quietly, shutting out much of the noise that surrounds us.

The heroin problem has reached epidemic levels, nationally as well as here in our region. Hamilton County saw more than 170 deaths due to drug poisonings last year. Several health and law enforcement agencies in the county recently joined together to form the Hamilton County Heroin Coalition.

The record numbers of deaths due to drug overdoses in many parts of the country, including Ohio, is the most tragic result of the heroin and opiate epidemic. But the social costs of drug abuse are also on a dramatic rise. Last year thousands of individuals were arrested just in Hamilton County alone on drug-related charges.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend 20 minutes of vigorous activity three times per week. But a community health study finds Cincinnatians don't get nearly enough. Interact for Health and ArtsWave are partnering to try to fix that.

They're awarding $300,000 in grants to 21 agencies to provide active living programs. Interact for Health's Jaime Love says "Join the Fun" is all about getting people moving.

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The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati is now Interact for Health.

President Jim Schwab says the new name embodies its shift to a health promotion strategy.

"We will focus on primarily four health promotion priority areas," he says. "They are healthy eating, active living, mental and emotional wellbeing, and healthy choices about substance use."

Schwab says the group will maintain its support of the community’s healthcare safety net.

Interact for Health says: