The City of Montgomery is recognized as a WeTHRIVE! community by Hamilton County Public Health. The WeTHRIVE! Initiative began in 2009 as a county-wide initiative to make healthy living easier. Hamilton County Public Health (HCPH) engaged schools, businesses, churches, elected officials and residents to address chronic disease by increasing access to healthy foods and physical activity opportunities, while decreasing exposure to secondhand smoke. This collaboration resulted in numerous policy and environmental changes that will have lasting impact in our communities.
When approached by HCPH the City quickly saw the value of becoming part of the Initiative and at the end of 2014, City Council passed a Resolution in support of the collaborative effort. City staff assembled teams of staff members, City Council members, community residents and business representatives to identify pathways, or focus categories, that would serve and benefit the community. The pathways chosen were Chronic Disease and Emergency Preparedness. The respective teams have worked to establish two year action plans for each pathway that will provide education to the public and lead to healthier lifestyles.