WARREN - For the seventh year in a row, the city received a Healthy Ohio Community Award. This year, Warren is one of only two communities statewide to receive the platinum level honor.
Mel Milliron, health educator at the Trumbull County Health Department, said this is the second year in a row that Warren received a platinum award.
"Warren and Westerville were the only two to receive platinum awards this year," he said.
In prior years, the city has received gold awards and one year a silver award.
More than 20 communities received Healthy Ohio Community Awards for promoting good health.
Fourteen cities, two townships, one village and four counties were among those recently honored for promoting good health for their residents by the Ohio Department of Health's Bureau of Healthy Ohio.
Mayor Doug Franklin said the city exemplifies Healthy Ohio and the state of living well.
"Warren is a model for what all Ohio communities can be for their residents and visitors," he said.
ODH presented the awards in October to 21 communities at the Ohio Society for Public Health Education Health Educators' Institute conference at the Salt Fork State Park Resort and Conference Center in Cambridge.
Healthy Ohio-Healthy Community awards recognize communities' outstanding achievements in developing and implementing health-related policies, and providing healthy community environments. The award recognizes communities' efforts in enabling employees, residents and visitors to make healthy choices including participating in physical activity, eating good, nutritious foods and avoiding tobacco.
Milliron said as a platinum award recipient Warren and Westerville have both achieved five or more gold stars since the start of the Healthy Ohio-Healthy Community awards began in 2006.
"This award really reflects a deliberate effort to make our city more healthy through park improvements, bike trail enhancements, tennis court improvements, resurfaced city parks used by thousands of walkers and adding of volleyball courts," Franklin said.
He said the city worked in partnerships with schools and other groups to earn the accomplishment.
"This award reflects that deliberate effort to make our city friendly in terms of recreation and what we offer," Franklin said.
Milliron said collaboration is essential for the award. He said there was also an extension of sidewalks and the establishing of community gardens with Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership.
"For our presentation we spoke about how the key to everything is collaboration," Milliron said noting the city's new bike trail, new gardens and the downtown farmers' market.
"There is always something new happening in Warren for making the city healthier and safer," he said.
Milliron said in concert with the award requirements, Warren has a tobacco-free policy, sidewalks with curb cuts for handicapped people and sidewalks to get people to different places in the city.