UCHD, Protecting Your Health.


Union County Wellness Consortium

Grand Prix SeriesUCWC web version

Operation Fit Kids

5,4,3,2,1 Go

Farmer's Market Recipe Cards

To help your company with worksite wellness programming the Union County Health Department in collaboration with the Union County Chamber of Commerce and other private and public organizations formed the Union County Wellness Consortium dedicated to the promotion of health and wellness in Union County.

Our vision and mission are as follows:

Vision:  Supporting a culture of wellness for a healthy Union County.

Mission: A community partnership building healthy habits to reduce the burden of disease in Union County through chronic disease prevention, resource development, and behavior change.


  • To prevent chronic disease through education and risk reduction
  • To serve as the primary wellness resource in Union County
  • To support behavior change in Union County by increasing accessibility to wellness opportunities and activities.

The Consortium meets the first Wednesday of each month at 11 am (location varies each month)  to share success stories and resources in the area of worksite wellness. Each meeting provides a keynote presentation related to a specific wellness topic, local program highlight with practical application for other worksites, and a roundtable format for sharing and asking questions. For information on topic or location of meeting, please contact Lynnette Focht, Chairperson at  llfocht@mevsd.us or by phone 937-578-6130 or Doug Matthews, Secretary at doug.matthews@uchd.net or by phone at 937-642-2053 ext. 2027. 

As a coalition, we strive to improve the opportunities for wellness in a variety of ways. Some of the current projects of the Consortium are; Union County Grand Prix Series, Operation Fit Kids, 5,4,3,2,1 Go!, and Farmers Market Recipe Cards.

For more information about how the Wellness Consortium can assist your worksite or to attend an upcoming meeting, please contact 937-642-2053 ext. 2027.

The Wellness Consortium is made of the following companies and organizations:

  • American Cancer Society
  • Buckeye Chiropractic
  • Cartridge World, Dublin
  • City of Marysville
  • Honda of America, Mfg.
  • Honda Marysville
  • Lowe's
  • LivinUp2 Fitness
  • Marysville Exempted School Distict
  • Marysville Public Library
  • Memorial Health / Memorial Hospital
  • Midwest Express Group
  • Moriroku Technology
  • Nestle PTC
  • North Union Local Schools
  • North Union-Richwood Public Library
  • Ohio Department of Health, Creating Healthy Communities
  • Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections- Ohio Reformatory for Women
  • Ohio HighPoint/Marysville HS Health Tech Program
  • Preferred Benefits Services Agency, Inc.
  • Richwood Banking Company
  • Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems
  • Union County
  • Union County Chamber of Commerce 
  • Union County Family YMCA
  • Union County Health Department
  • Union Rural Electric
  • Village of Richwood




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The Union County Grand Prix Series is a package of local, Union County, races. Individuals receive points based on participation and race results. Friendly competition is promoted throughout the series with a culminating event at series end. All races provide a community service through a philanthropic component.

The Grand Prix Series went live as of Janaury 2012. Race directors will be promoting the Grand Series as well as sharing results with the committee. For more information, please contact Michelle Pever- YMCA or Shawn Sech- UCHD or check us out on Facebook.

Race (click for registration)

2018 Date

#StayActive 5K


Rock the Run 5K and 10K*


Marysville Neon Glow Run 5K


Richwood Sun Run


 Plain City 4 Miler


All Ohio Balloon Fest Race 5K


UCF Bike Ride*


Ruth Woods 5K


Northwood 5k


  United Way of Union County 5K*/Quarter Marathon


Pumpkin Dash 5K


End of the Year Recognition








*Indicates that this event will only receive 5 participation points, no placeholders points per age and gender category.

 2018 Race Series
icon 2018 Grand Prix Series Flyer
icon 2018 Grand Prix Series Race Package Registration

NEW in 2018: Visit https://runsignup.com/Series/ucgps for race registration and standings.

 2017 Race Series
icon 2017 Grand Prix Series Flyer

2017 Results
icon Grand Prix Series- Pumpkin Dash
icon Grand Prix Series- Northwoods
icon Grand Prix Series- Honor Our Heroes
icon Grand Prix Series- Plain City 4 Miler
icon Grand Prix Series- Ruth Woods

icon Grand Prix Series- UCF Bike Ride
 Grand Prix Series- All Ohio Balloon Fest
icon Grand Prix Series- Sun Run
 Grand Prix Series- Neon Glow Run
icon Grand Prix Series- Rock the Run
icon Grand Prix Series- #StayActive


2016 Race Series
icon 2016 Grand Prix Series Flyer (includes race package information)

2016 Results
icon GPS thru 031616
icon Grand Prix Series- Rock The Run
icon Grand Prix Series- Neon Glow Run
icon Grand Prix Series- Sun Run
icon Grand Prix Series- Honda Run 4 Kids
icon Grand Prix Series- Northwoods
icon Grand Prix Series- Ruth Woods
icon Grand Prix Series- Plain City 4 Miler
icon Grand Prix Series- Honor Our Heroes
icon Grand Prix Series- Pumpkin Dash and Final

2015 Race Series

icon 2015 Grand Prix Series Flyer

 2015 Race Results
icon2015 Grand Prix Results- Pumpkin Dash

icon 2015 Grand Prix Results- Honor Our Heroes
icon 2015 Grand Prix Results- Plain City 4 Miler
icon 2015 Grand Prix Results- Ruth Woods
icon 2015 Grand Prix Results- AOBF
icon 2015 Grand Prix Results- Run4Kids
icon 2015 Grand Prix Results- Sun Run
icon 2015 Grand Prix Results- Marysville Neon Glow
icon 2015 GPS results- David Foster Race
icon 2015 GPS results- Rock the Run



2014 Race Series
icon UCGPS 2014 Flyer

2014 Race
icon 2014 GPS Final Results (combined)
icon 2014 GPS Final Results (female)
icon 2014 GPS Final Results (male)


 2013 Race Results
icon UCGPS results thru 120413


2012 Grand Prix Series
icon Grand Prix Series 2012 Flyer 

 2012 GPS Final Women's results-
icon Womens Final Grand Prix Series Results

2012 GPS Final Men's results-
icon Mens Final Grand Prix Series Results



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Operation Fit Kids

We are on our way to an epidemic in childhood obesity.  The rates of childhood overweight have tripled nationally since the 1970s.  From genetics to unhealthy cultural norms to simply too many hours spent in front of a television instead of playing outside, there are seemingly endless factors that are contributing to the rapid spread of obesity.

Operation Fit Kids was developed through a partnership between the Union County Family YMCA and Honda of America, Mfg / Watson Wellness Center in 2009. The program has been sustained by the YMCA. The six week program focusing on nutrition and physical activity is implemented in Union County schools with 3rd graders. The program has been successfully completed at; Edgewood, Northwood, Raymond, and Fairbanks.

For more information, please contact Michelle Anderson at manderson@unioncountyymca.org or by phone at 937-578-4250.

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 5-4-3-2-1 Go

We are on our way to an epidemic in childhood obesity.  The rates of childhood overweight have tripled nationally since the 1970s.  From genetics to unhealthy cultural norms to simply too many hours spent in front of a television instead of playing outside, there are seemingly endless factors that are contributing to the rapid spread of obesity.

5-4-3-2-1 001So, what if a healthier lifestyle for a child was a simple as “5-4-3-2-1-Go!”?  The 5-4-3-2-1-Go! Program promotes the following:


  • 5 = 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day
  • 4 = 4 servings of water
  • 3 = 3 servings of low fat dairy
  • 2 = 2 hours or less of screen time per day
  • 1 = 1 hour or more of physical activity per day


The 5-4-3-2-1 Go! initiative was introduced to Union County in 2010 thanks to a grant Memorial Hospital received from the Ohio Hospital Association. In 2010, Memorial Hospital in collaboration with our Union County Wellness Consortium, implemented this program in 8 schools targeting 4th and 5th graders.

5-4-3-2-1 020This simple but effective message is about teaching and reinforcing healthy lifestyle behaviors and promoting good health for ALL children, not just those who are obese or at risk for obesity.  The 5-4-3-2-1-Go! program is effective by using positive examples.  It takes away the focus on a child’s actual weight while reinforcing healthy daily behaviors, and effects changes in the child’s environment that support these behaviors. It also includes information for the whole family to assist in developing healthy behaviors and habits at home.

We use trained high school teen leaders with adult supervision to promote these healthy lifestyle changes with the children. The teen-to-child approach is a unique and feasible way to deliver the healthy lifestyle message and has a positive effect on both the teen advocates and the children that they are interacting with.

Since, 2010 we have added two parochial schools, and continued with current 4th graders each year. We currently offer the 5-4-3-2-1-GO! program to nine Union County Schools. The program is a 5 week program, each week being dedicated to one of the 5 lessons listed above. The program is FREE and typically takes place during recess. We end the program by throwing a celebration party at the Union County YMCA each spring, and open it up to all 5-4-3-2-1-GO! participants and their families.

Through the program, we have seen significant improvement in the students who participated. At the end of the 5 week program, fruit and vegetable consumption improved by 32 percent, water and dairy consumption improved by 30 percent, screen time (described as the amount of time a child spends in front of a computer, television, video game, etc.) decreased by 22 percent, and physical activity levels improved by 25 percent.

Armed with fruits and veggies, water, and lots of fun activities and incentives, the 5-4-3-2-1 Go! Take Off Union County program from Memorial Hospital is here to assist your 4th graders to learn healthy eating and exercise habits.

For more information about this FREE healthy lifestyle program please feel free to contact Rebecca Wilder or Deb Stubbs at Memorial Hospital's Health Center, 937-578-2580. 

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Walk with a Doc 


Come join Memorial Health at Eljer Park for our Walk with A Doc program.

Enjoy a nice walk hosted by a doctor on staff at Memorial Health, The Heart Partnership with 
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, or one of the Memorial Health’s physician practices. Exercise physiologists are also on-hand to offer free blood pressure checks and assist participants. A free healthy snack is included. We hope to see you there!

Lace up your sneakers and bring any health questions you may have.

Times and locations for walks are listed below.




June 12, 2015

8:00 a.m.

Eljer Park

June 25, 2015

6:00 p.m.

Eljer Park

July 10, 2015

8:00 a.m.

Eljer Park

July 23, 2015

6:00 p.m.

Eljer Park

August 14, 2015

8:00 a.m.

Eljer Park



Union County Farmers Market

The Union County Health Department in collaboration with the Union County Wellness Consortium have annually created a series of recipe cards which highlight specific fruits and vegetables that are found weekly at our local Union County Farmer's Markets. Links below provides information on nutritional value, storage tips, and the featured recipe. Hard copies of the recipes are available each Saturday morning at the Union County Farmer's Market in Marysville, Ohio. This market is open from 8a to 12p or until the farmer's run out of product. In 2012, UCHD partnered with Wellness Consortium members, Honda of America and the Union County OSU Extension Services, for the recipes and printing of the cards. Collections of past year's recipes are also below. If you would more information about this project, please contact Brenda Rock at doug.matthews@uchd.net or 937-642-2053 ext. 2027. 

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