Healthy Eating Initiatives

Outcome: Every resident is informed about healthy eating choices and has access to affordable, healthy, food

Example Strategies:

  • Expand utilization of Farmers’ Markets
  • Encourage Home and Community Gardens
  • Provide experiential education on preparing nutritional and affordable snacks and meals


  • Increased sales at Farmers’ Markets
  • Increased participation in or number of home or community gardens

Examples of Current and Past Investments:

  • Olde Town Covington – Covington Farmers’ Market facility built in partnership with the Virginia Tech design/buildLab
  • Mountain Soil and Water Conservation District – “Growing Healthy Kids,” and initiative that provides hands-on classroom education in elementary and pre-school education