YMCA of the USA, the national resource office for the nation’s 2,686 YMCAs, in September 2009 announced Noble County was elected to join an initiative that brings community leaders together to create environments that help sustain healthy behaviors through environmental and policy change.
The Activate America: Pioneering Healthier Communities initiative is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Noble County is one of 138 communities nationwide to participate in the initiative. The Healthier Communities Initiatives engages community leaders at local YMCAs in policy and environmental change to support and promote healthy lifestyles.
The Cole Center Family YMCA’s Health and Wellness director, Rob Imber, and Parkview Noble Hospital’s vice president of patient services, Cathy Byrd, lead Noble County’s team.
"Activate Noble County will help many more kids and families in our community than we can reach just through the YMCA."
"Presents the best opportunity I have seen yet to significantly improve the overall healthiness of our community."
"I hope to help young people become more aware of the need to eat well and be active."
"We can support and encourage one another as we incorporate good food choices and fitness into our daily lifestyle."
"Our nation and our community have alarming statistics regarding our level of health. Together we can change these!"
"In health and wellness and anything that we can do to help people to have a happier, healthier and more fulfilling life."
"Activate Noble County is not only a vision for a healthy work force and community today, but also for the future."
"Being an Activate Noble County volunteer allows me to promote health living activities with Noble County residents."
"Physical activity and healthy life styles need to be more of a priority in our lives, and this organization exists to make that happen."
"We have wonderful amenities in Noble County to keep healthy and active."