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Active living promotes cardiovascular fitness, strengthens bones and muscles, reduces the risk of many chronic diseases and helps people maintain a healthy weight. It reduces stress, enhances self-esteem and fosters an overall sense of well-being.

We want to invest in new events that encourage people to get active. We want to get people moving no matter what their age or ability.

Funded organizations represent a variety of locations and types of events across the region. The projects appeal to people of varying skill levels and there is a special emphasis on reaching vulnerable populations to participate in events. Young people and adults of all ages will have access to physical activity events and can join the fun!

FUNDAY SUNDAYS - We are partnering with the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati to provide a series of FREE health and wellness opportunities for ALL in the community this winter! 12 local YMCA's will open their doors for Funday Sundays from noon until 6 p.m. in February and March, then again in November and December. The pools will be open and babysitting available. To find a YMCA near you visit www.myy.org.

Features

  • 2015 Regional Opiate Summit

    Join Interact for Health and professionals from Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana for the 2015 Regional Opiate Summit, to be held Monday, Feb. 23, and Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, at the METS Center, 3861 Olympic Blvd., Erlanger KY 41018.

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  • YMCA and Interact for Health partner to open Y’s to entire community for free family-friendly physical activities

    The YMCA of Greater Cincinnati is partnering with Interact for Health to provide a series of free health and wellness opportunities for all in the community this winter. Funday Sundays will be held from noon until 6 p.m. at 12 YMCA locations in February and March, then again in November and December.

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  • Greater Cincinnati Health Watch

    Greater Cincinnati Health Watch is a free biweekly e-mail newsletter published by Interact for Health. Each issue includes health news stories from Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, and the nation, with emphasis on topics related to Interact for Health's focus areas of substance use disorders, severe mental illness, school-aged children's healthcare, and community primary care. Also, each issue contain sections that highlight our upcoming Requests for Proposals (RFPs), workshops, publications, and other events.

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  • United Against Opiate Abuse and Heroin Week, February 23- March 1, 2015

    Now be it proclaimed that the week of February 23- March 1, 2015 be the United Against Opiate Abuse and Heroin Week. All over the region we will use this week to develop solutions to this problem and understand the role that each of us can play in eliminating opiate abuse and heroin from our communities.

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  • A Catalyst in the Community: For Affordable Care Act Readiness

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  • Most have heard of kynect, state’s insurance marketplace

    Enrollment for 2015 coverage via kynect, Kentucky’s online marketplace for health insurance, reopened Nov. 15, 2014. Kentucky reports that more than 521,000 people enrolled in kynect in 2014.1 Kynect allows uninsured Kentuckians to seek and enroll in insurance plans, including people eligible for Medicaid under Kentucky’s expanded program and KCHIP, the Kentucky Children’s Health Insurance Program.

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  • Support for smoke-free law in Kentucky remains steady

    Since 2010, the Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP), sponsored by Interact for Health and the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, has reported Kentucky adults’ views about a statewide, smoke-free law. Laws that provide for smoke-free indoor air in workplaces, restaurants and bars are called comprehensive laws. In the United States, 26 states and the District of Columbia have such laws; Kentucky does not.

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  • Most Kentucky adults favor taxing, regulating e-cigarettes

    In April 2014, Kentucky became one of 40 states to prohibit the sale of electronic nicotine delivery systems, also known as alternative or vapor nicotine products and e-cigarettes, to minors. The most recent Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) asked what Kentucky adults think about taxing and regulating e-cigarettes.

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  • Most support expanding domestic violence law

    In Kentucky, dating partners are not included in domestic violence civil protection orders. Under current Kentucky law, protections cover family members, members of an unmarried couple with a child in common, and members of an unmarried couple who are living together or have formerly lived together.

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  • How Ohio adults rate support in their communities.

    How people feel about their communities has an effect on mental and physical health. It can improve survival rates and is associated with good health.1 People who feel more positively about their community are also more likely to adopt healthy behaviors.

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  • Half of Walnut Hills adults say their health is excellent or very good.

    The community plays an important role in health status. For this reason, the 2013 Greater Cincinnati Community Health Status Survey (CHSS) conducted an oversample in Walnut Hills to learn more about its residents and their views on issues related to their health. The CHSS found that 5 in 10 Walnut Hills adults described their health as excellent or very good, similar to the percentage reported overall in Greater Cincinnati. Six in 10 Walnut Hills adults said Walnut Hills was a healthy place to live.

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  • Four in 10 Kentucky adults support the Affordable Care Act.

    In March 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) became law. Since then, the Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) has asked Kentucky adults their opinions about the healthcare reform law.

    As part of the ACA in Kentucky, kynect allows Kentuckians, including those eligible for the expanded Medicaid program and Kentucky Children’s Health Insurance Program (KCHIP), to search for and enroll in insurance plans. Last year, 521,000 people enrolled through kynect, 75% of whom were previously uninsured.

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  • 1 in 5 Kentucky adults know someone with problems from misusing prescription pain relievers.

    Kentucky ranks fifth worst in the nation for drug overdose deaths, behind only New Mexico, West Virginia, Nevada and Utah. Drug overdose deaths per capita quadrupled between 1999 and 2010.2 They now surpass motor vehicle accidents as the leading cause of accidental death in Kentucky.3 The Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center (KIPRC) reported 980 overdose deaths in 2013.4 KIPRC found that while prescription drug overdose deaths have declined 10% from last year, deaths because of heroin use rose 55% from 129 in 2012 to 200 in 2013.

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