April 18, 2014

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Brunswick recognized as one of the healthiest places to live

BRUNSWICK — Brunswick is one of only 10 communities in Ohio awarded a gold-level designation as a Healthy Ohio, Healthy Community for 2013.

Only two other Ohio communities, the cities of Warren and Westerville, received higher honors — platinum level designations.

“We’re very excited to receive this award,” said John Piepsny, Brunswick’s parks and recreation director.

Piepsny credited the city’s partnership with Southwest General Hospital for providing “a lot of health and wellness initiatives for the residents of Brunswick.”

He said the city’s partnership with the hospital provides various health screenings monthly at the Brunswick Community Recreation and Fitness Center.

“Because of the effective partnership and the health and wellness initiatives created to create a healthy community, we were able to bring home the gold this year,” Piepsny said.

The criteria for the award stress community offerings of nutrition and physical activity programs and education.

“Brunswick won a Creating Healthy Communities award from the Ohio Department of Health for demonstrating a high level of commitment to public health in their community,” Shannon Libby, a spokeswoman with the Ohio Health Department. “They also are doing an excellent job of working with local partners on initiatives that improve the health of their residents in terms of better nutrition, free health screenings and support groups, and increased physical activity.”

A total of 21 Ohio communities will be honored with awards for their commitment to promoting a healthy community at the Ohio Society for Public Health Education conference on Oct. 24.

Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4065 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com.