Interact for Health

Health in Action

Q&A: Seedleaf brings gardening to food deserts in Lexington

Feb 2nd, 2016

Ryan Koch is the director of Seedleaf, a nonprofit organization that promotes community gardens in Lexington, Ky. The organization aims to fill nutrition gaps in local food deserts and build healthy communities. Koch says that in addition to establishing healthy eating habits among participants, gardening has the added benefit of improving people's mental health... Read More

City Silence helps people slow down, keep their minds healthy

Feb 1st, 2016

On a brisk January morning in downtown Cincinnati, drivers hurry to their destinations and pedestrians hasten along the sidewalk, scarves tightened against the subfreezing temperatures.

But the bustle of the city seems far away for a group of people inside the Contemporary Arts Center at 6th and Walnut. They sit -- some on the plush couches, some on the floo... Read More

Fairfield school-based health center opens

Jan 19th, 2016

Fairfield City School District students are among the first in the nation to have access to medical, dental, vision and behavioral health services all in one place thanks to the district’s new school-based health center (SBHC).

“Fairfield … is the first suburban school district in the U.S. that will offer comprehensive services - vision, dental, primary care and mental health... Read More

Food Policy Council to help change systems to improve food access

Dec 21st, 2015

Where we live helps determine how easily we can buy healthy foods. This is especially true in lower-income communities or food deserts. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 23.5 million Americans live in food deserts. Approximately 25 percent of Cincinnati residents live in a food desert, which puts them at greater risk for obesity and diet-r... Read More

Interact staff members learn about equity at national summit

Dec 7th, 2015

In its efforts to learn more about health equity and the social determinants of health, Interact for Health sent a team of staff and board members to Los Angeles for the PolicyLink Equity Summit in October. Staff members arrived a day early to visit programs that are making a difference right now in South Los Angeles.

We saw many exciting programs, such as a... Read More