Healthy Communities

    • Runners cross Robert N. Stewart bridge in downtown Columbus during the annual Mill Race Marathon

    Marathon Training 101

    by Kelsey DeClue | Aug 24, 2016
    It’s August in Columbus, and we all know that means: It’s time to ramp up our training for the Mill Race Marathon. Marathon training can have mental and physical obstacles that impede our individual success and training progress, so let's break it down.
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The Healthy Communities Initiative began in 1994 with the goal of improving the health and quality of life of all residents of Bartholomew County. A collaborative effort from its inception, Healthy Communities has grown to reflect the entire spectrum of the community involving Columbus Regional Health, schools, businesses, local government, churches, and others working together to address identified health needs. Healthy Communities Initiative is proud to be a two-time national finalist for the Foster G. McGaw Prize, one of the healthcare field's most prestigious honors for excellence in community service.

Financial support for Healthy Communities is made possible through generous gifts of individuals, businesses, churches, and donations to Columbus Regional Health Foundation.


  • Collaboration
  • Community Ownership
  • Inclusive/ Broad Based
  • Benchmark & Measure Outcomes
  • Long Term Commitment
  • Continuous Learning
  • Positive Motivation


The Healthy Communities Initiative is working to make a difference in the health of Bartholomew County through the work of our action teams. The driving force behind these groups is a commitment to a vision of Bartholomew County as a healthy community where each member is valued and shares in the responsibility of making a difference.

- Breastfeeding Coalition of Bartholomew County
- Caring Parents
- Community Medication Assistance
- Healthy Lifestyles
- Proyecto Salud