By Wayne Allen
The Scioto County Health Coalition has launched an awareness campaign to raise awareness of particular issues. The campaign has been named, “I Choose To.” Each month the coalition will choose a topic and design a billboard around the central idea.
“’I Choose To Eat Healthy’ was our first billboard and then ‘I Choose To Graduate’ was our last billboard we had prior to the one that’s getting ready to come out in the next couple of days,” Tipton said. “’I Choose To Eat Healthy’ was intended to promote healthy behavior. With the ‘I Choose To Graduate,’ a lot of people don’t realize there is such a strong tie between health, education and economy. If you have a healthy economy you’re going to have a healthy population. If you have an unhealthy population, you’re going to have an unhealthy economy.”
The next campaign billboard will be, “I Choose To Be Tobacco Free.” This billboard will be located lost to West High School.
“The ‘I Choose To’ Campaign is trying to spread health and wellness messages our coalition wants to highlight,” said Regina Tipton, coordinator of the Scioto County Health Coalition.
Campaign billboards have been up for a while and are placed in various locations throughout Scioto County.
Tipton said the overreaching goal of the campaign is trying to foster empowerment.
Each billboard has sponsors. Sponsors have included The Scioto County Health Department, The Portsmouth City Health Department, Shawnee State University, Compass Community Health, YEI Technology and The Southern Ohio Port Authority.
“We have a lot of partner organizations helping us bring this message out to the community. They understand the importance in what we’re trying to do,” Tipton said.
The coalition recently received a $5,000 grant from The Scioto Foundation to further the organizations work in the community, while helping to improve the overall health of the community. The coalition was also awarded a grant from Portsmouth Area Ladies, Inc., (PALS) to support the coalition’s healthy plate initiative. The Healthy Plate Initiative, designed to help residents recognize healthy meal options at local restaurants.
The next meeting of the Scioto County Health Coalition is Aug. 14 at the ADAMHS Board offices, 9191 7th Street, Portsmouth. For more information about the coalition visit www.sciotohealth.org.
Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 1933 or on Twitter @WayneallenPDT