Buckeye Hills Regional Council: working cooperatively to improve our region

Services

Programs and services improving the quality of life for residents in Southeast Ohio

Community & Economic Development

Public infrastructure financing, planning, data analysis, research, and other technical assistance to local governments.

Aging & Disability

Programs, services, and case management focused on keeping elders and those with disabilities in their homes.

Transportation Planning

Transportation planning and outreach services focused on improving the transportation networks serving our citizens.

Mapping & Data

Data research and analysis as well as GIS and GPS mapping services.

Population Health

Working to improve the health of all citizens in the region.

2017 Appalachian Assistance Grant Program Return on Investment Report

About Us

Council of Governments

Formed in 1968 as a voluntary organization made up of representatives of local governments in Southeastern Ohio. Local Development Districts were formed to provide technical assistance to communities working to secure state and federal resources to help improve the lives of local residents.

  • Member Counties

    Representing Southeastern Ohio

  • Member Communities

    Cities and Villages

  • Staff Members

    Citizens Working For Citizens

  • Years of Service

    A Legacy of Cooperation and Assistance: Founded in 1968

6 days ago

Buckeye Hills Regional Council

RIO GRANDE COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Presentation Location: 42377 Charles Chancey Dr., Pomeroy, Ohio 45769
Project Title: Project Move: Training Future Truck Drivers of the Region
Counties Served: Meigs County
Funding Amount: $55,000
Project Description: Truck driving has among the highest number of annual openings of all in-demand jobs in the Southeast Ohio Region. Despite this data, the region suffers extreme need for CDL-certified truck drivers. URG/RGCC proposes to pre-screen to identify the 10 most serious and high-potential drivers, and fund their CDL training, which will be provided at the RGCC Meigs Center through a partnership between RGCC and Southern State Community College (SSCC). RGCC will work directly with Job and Family Services and area companies to assist with career readiness and job placement.

Pictured: Mick Davenport, RGCC Trustee; Dr. Catherine Clark, Int. President; Rebecca Long and Tom Sutton, Rio Grande Community College
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Buckeye Hills Regional Council

Buckeye Hills Regional Council is proud to present checks to 9 training providers totaling $1 million in funding which will support locally derived and vetted job training projects that will have meaningful impact on the region.

In response to the intent of the Ohio General Assembly following the 2017 biennium budget process, and at the request of the Ohio Development Services Agency, Buckeye Hills and our Appalachian OhioLDD partners proposed a new approach to addressing highlighted workforce challenges in the region by utilizing recently allocated non-General Revenue Fund resources in the State of Ohio budget. Buckeye Hills Regional Council requested and was awarded funding from the DSA to directly provide $1 million to our training partners throughout the 8-counties.

On July 31, Buckeye Hills traveled to Athens and Hocking Counties to present the first four presentation checks.

On August 8, Buckeye Hills traveled Marietta to present four presentation checks to various organizations.

On August 9, Buckeye Hills traveled to Meigs County to present the final check to Rio Grande Community College.
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Buckeye Hills Regional Council

Thanks Michael Tatar for capturing what a great Senior Day at Walgreens in Marietta. Buckeye Hills was pleased to partner with Walgreens to bring awareness of older adult falls and how to prevent the falls from happening in their homes.Today is Senior Day at Walgreens across the state of Ohio, including here in Marietta. Walgreens Pharmacy is partnering with Buckeye Hills Regional Council Aging & Disability, the Ohio Department of Aging, the Ohio Association of Area Agencies on Aging and area agencies on aging around the state to raise awareness of older adult falls and what can be done to better prevent them.

You can head to aging.ohio.gov/steadyu/assessment to take the free assessment test.
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Farmers’ Markets link older Ohioans to fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables

By Ashley Davis MA, RDN, LD
Population Health and Nutrition Manager

Aug. 5-11 is National Farmers’ Market Week. Ohio’s farmers’ markets link older adults to fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables, that not only help older adults and the people who care for them maintain a delicious, nutritious diet, but provide so much more.

As we age, our bodies change, and so do our nutritional needs. Our metabolism may slow down and, while we still require a variety of nutrients, we may need fewer calories. Whole fruits and vegetables are rich in important nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and fiber, and low in calories, which make them a perfect (and crucial) part of older adults’ diets. People who eat more produce as part of a healthy diet are likely to have reduced risk of chronic diseases, including stroke and other cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes and various cancers. Good nutrition has been shown to help support a healthy and active lifestyle, reduce frailty and disability, improve health outcomes and reduce health disparities and health care costs.

Shopping at farmers’ markets gives you access to the growers, who are generally knowledgeable about their products. They can explain how to prepare and store your food and can also discuss how their crops are raised and what (if any) chemicals are used. Markets also provide opportunities for socialization and entertainment. They often provide the chance to mingle with your neighbors and learn more about your community and its residents. Some markets also offer entertainment and classes.

If you need another reason to shop at your local farmers’ market, consider this: When you do so, you are supporting your local farmers and keeping the money you spend on food closer to your neighborhood.

Right now in Ohio, a variety of produce is available at farmers’ markets, including:

Tomatoes – Tomatoes are versatile and can be served raw on salads and sandwiches, stewed for a hearty side dish or cooked into sauces. They have been shown to protect against cancer, maintain healthy blood pressure and reduce blood glucose in people with diabetes.
Sweet corn – Sweet corn is a summer tradition in Ohio. It can be boiled, grilled or baked, and eaten right of the cob, or you can cut it off the cob for canning, freezing and use in different recipes like salsas, casseroles and even ice cream to add texture and flavor. Corn is rich in nutrients that guard against eye diseases, as well as a is a good source of fiber, which helps with digestion. It also provides good amounts of vitamin C, magnesium and potassium.
Blueberries – You can enjoy fresh blueberries by themselves or in yogurt, oatmeal, salads and main dishes. Some nutritionists believe that if you make only one change to your diet, it should be to add blueberries. Not only can they lower your risk of heart disease and cancer, they are also anti-inflammatory. They also are a good source of vitamins K and C, fiber, manganese, potassium and other antioxidants.
Zucchini – You can enjoy zucchini raw in salads and salsas, bake or grill it as a delicious side dish, or bake it into the ever-popular zucchini bread. Zucchini is packed with nutrients that decrease the risk of stroke, reduce high blood pressure and lower cholesterol.
Peaches – Peaches are a popular summer fruit in Ohio and are great for eating raw, blending into smoothies, as a salad topping or charred on the grill. They are rich in vitamins E and K, niacin, iron, potassium, zinc and copper. They contribute to bone health and strengthen your immune and nervous systems.
Cucumbers – Cucumbers are fresh, delicious additions to your summer diet. You can eat raw slices by themselves or in a salad, or add creamy goodness to soups and other dishes. They are good sources of fiber, potassium, magnesium and vitamin B-5. Cucumbers can help reduce blood sugar levels.
People with limited incomes may benefit from programs designed to help them access fresh fruits and vegetables:

The Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program, available in 45 counties, provides older residents with $50 worth of coupons that can be used at participating farmers’ markets and roadside stands for fresh vegetables, fruits and herbs.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps eligible low-income Ohioans stretch their food budgets and buy healthy food. The average monthly SNAP payment was approximately $132.
The Produce Perks Program helps you buy fresh, healthy food from participating farmers markets and grocery stores. Produce Perks provides people receiving SNAP with a dollar-for-dollar match when spent on healthy foods.
Learn more about these and other resources to help you or your loved ones maintain a well-balanced diet as you age. And, be sure to explore local farmers’ markets all summer and fall.

National Farmers' Market Week is sponsored by the Farmers' Market Coalition.

www.aging.ohio.gov/News/ArticleId/54/farmers-market-week-2018
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Buckeye Hills Regional Council Aging & Disability

We were happy to partner with Walgreen's Pharmacy in Marietta today to help bring awareness to preventing falls. If you were unable to stop by Walgreens and would like information on how prevent falls in your home contact our office at 1-800-331-2644.Today is Senior Day at Walgreens across the state of Ohio, including here in Marietta. Walgreens Pharmacy is partnering with Buckeye Hills Regional Council Aging & Disability, the Ohio Department of Aging, the Ohio Association of Area Agencies on Aging and area agencies on aging around the state to raise awareness of older adult falls and what can be done to better prevent them.

You can head to aging.ohio.gov/steadyu/assessment to take the free assessment test.
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Our Team

Executive Staff & Program Directors
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Misty Casto

Executive Director
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Rick Hindman

Assistant Executive Director
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Bret Allphin

Development Director
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Denise Keyes

Fiscal Director
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Jamie Lewis

MIS Director
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Jennifer Westfall

Aging Director
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Dawn Weber

Homecare Director
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Angie Lawrence

Human Resources & Payroll

Buckeye Hills 2017 Community Benefit Report

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