Clevelanders in Motion Program
Clevelanders in Motion (CIM), the primary program initiative under the Y’s Healthy Communities banner, works on a daily basis with grassroots and institutional partners to advance opportunities for increased access to healthy and affordable foods and safe and attractive roads and sidewalks on which to walk, run or bicycle.
The program accomplishes its work both through collaborative partnerships which produce conferences and seminars aimed at local planners and engineers, as well as at a neighborhood level where it plans projects and programs which help to create convenient healthy living opportunities.
Key partners with whom the program works include the Cleveland City Planning Commission; the Sustainable Transportation Action Team (STAT) 2019, an outgrowth of the 2009 Sustainability Summit; The Ohio State Extension Service; and several neighborhood-based organizations, including Slavic Village Development Corporation and the Ward One Community Health Initiative.
Clevelanders in Motion has made presentations on the interplay between the environment within which we live and our health outcomes at the American Planning Association-Cleveland Chapter’s Planning & Zoning Workshop; Bioneers 2010; and the Greater Cleveland Trails and Greenways Conference.
It has developed marketing materials as Healthy Recipe postcards in partnership with OSU Extension Service and Dave’s Supermarkets, a downtown walking map with the support of Medical Mutual of Ohio, and neighborhood walking maps in partnership with the Steps to a Healthier Cleveland program and eight neighborhood community development organizations.
Additionally, CIM created a Cleveland Division of Water- supported "Water is Cool" educational campaign to promote the importance of adequate water consumption. A Free Exercise Equipment campaign was also developed, in partnership with the Steps to a Healthier Cleveland program, to promote stair walking.
CIM staff participate in about three dozen community health and fitness events throughout the year sponsored by its many partners. Generous program supporters to date include:
- Fairview/Lutheran Foundation
- Mt. Sinai Community Health Care Foundation
- Cleveland Foundation
- St. Luke’s Foundation
- Cleveland Department of Public Health’s Steps to a Healthier Cleveland program
- Cleveland Division of Water
- Alcoa Foundation
- Gries Family Foundation
Additional in-kind supporters include Dave’s Supermarkets, the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, Clear Channel Outdoor, Medical Mutual of Ohio and Omni Media.