Healthy Cleveland's Healthy Eating Committee

Healthy Cleveland's Healthy Eating Committee

The mission of the Healthy Eating Committee is to promote the consumption of healthy foods and beverages to people who live, work, and play in Cleveland.

You choose what goes into your body. Eat well and drink water today!

HOT TOPIC: Added Sugars & Sugar-Sweetened Beverages

Did you know that sugar-sweetened beverages such as pop, lemonade, iced tea, juice drinks, and sports drinks are the #1 source of added sugars in our diets? We promote Water First for Thirst!

Take our poll here to let us know (and please be honest) if you regularly drink any sugar-sweetened beverages! This helps us plan our future work.

H2O is the way to go:

Why water? Because it's one of the best things we can put in our bodies. Water is essential for digestion, temperature regulation, joint health, and nutrient absorption. 

On the flip side, soft drinks are strongly linked to increased rates of obesity and risk for diabetes.

For these reasons, we decided it was time to join the Water First for Thirst movement that began in Columbus, Ohio. Our goal is to make water the drink of choice for children and families living in Greater Cleveland and beyond.

Take our "water first for thirst" pledge and let everyone know that you are choosing water as your first choice for hydration needs.

In the Community: 

One out of every four people in Cleveland do not have access to healthy food options! As we work to combat that statistic and make healthy food available to all, its great to know that other organizations in the Community are as well!

Perfectly Imperfect Produce: A program started by the Forest City Weingart Product Co. that sells fresh fruits and vegetables that are not "perfect" in terms of looks, but still taste great! The produce is sold at affordable prices to help decrease food waste and help increase access to healthy food choices for Clevelanders. 

Cleveland Roots: A local nonprofit empowering people to engage themselves in the local food movement though the use of urban agriculture as well as education. 

Healthy Food Retail Initiative:  This is a grassroots approach to getting access to healthy food for all, especially those who may live in areas where there are not supermarkets. Through generous funding through the REACH grant and partnerships within the HIP-Cuyahoga initiative, this endeavor is working to put healthy foods in convenience and corner stores of under-served neighborhoods. 

How we aim to achieve our mission:

  1. Advocate for policy changes that facilitate availability of healthy foods and beverages citywide.

  2. Provide education and marketing around healthy food and beverage options to organizations that work with residents throughout the city.

  3. Serve as a connector in the community related to nutritious food and clean water.

Past Projects:

The Healthy Eating Committee has been doing some great things-check them out on our past projects page!

More information about our committee:


Jessica Jurcak
Healthy Cleveland Coordinator
Cleveland Department of Public Health

Lisa Wheeler-Cooper
Community Health Director
American Heart Association

Point of Contact:

Jessica Jurcak
Healthy Cleveland Coordinator
Cleveland Department of Public Health

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Active Member Organizations:

A Vision of Change

ADA Mideast

American Heart Association

Central State University Extension

Children's Hunger Alliance

The Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Cleveland-Cuyahoga Food Policy Coalition

Cleveland Department of Public Health

Cleveland Office of Minority Health

Greater Cleveland Food Bank

Cleveland Metropolitan School District

Cuyahoga County Board of Health

Food Strong

Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic

Healthy Schools - Alliance for a Healthier Generation

Mount Sinai Foundation


Ohio State University Extension

Old Brooklyn Community Development Coorporation

Panache 5, LLC

Perfectly Imperfect Produce

Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods at Case Western Reserve University

Sustainable Cleveland/Mayor’s Office of Sustainability

University Hospitals