Partners for a Healthy City: Healthy Eating, Active Living
Being healthy is more than a task – it’s a lifestyle. Achieving the healthy lives we all deserve to have requires access to healthy behaviors and options at home, at work and at places along the way.
Partners for a Healthy City (PHC) is committed to cultivating a culture of healthy living throughout the community, allowing residents of Omaha and Douglas County to make healthy choices even when they’re not at home.
PHC is coordinated through the Wellness Council of the Midlands (WELLCOM), a local non-profit focused on workplace wellness. The initiative focuses on two important elements:
- Making healthier food options available
- Supporting more opportunities for physical activity
WELLCOM has worked with a number of local businesses over the past 30 years, delivering workplace wellness programs that create impact and deliver results throughout the Midwest.
Partners for a Healthy City works with businesses, community partners and faith-based organizations to implement policy changes related to encouraging physical activity and/or providing healthy food and beverage choices. Examples of policy changes include:
- Making water available and easily accessible
- Improving workplace stairwells and encouraging people to take the stairs
- Establishing a wellness committee
- Supporting breastfeeding in the workplace
- Starting or expanding a farm-to-institution program by partnering with local growers
Nearly 450 organizations have already given their support to adopt a policy change Thanks to PHC partners implementing more than 1,000 policies to increase access to healthy food options and support physical activity, more than 100,000 employees now have workplace options to help them make the healthy choice the easy choice. Join Partners for a Healthy City to help make Omaha healthier.