VIGO CO., Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — An effort is underway to improve the health of people living in the Wabash Valley.

During a press conference on Wednesday, Terre Haute and Vigo County received the “Indiana Healthy Communities Designation” from the Wellness Council of Indiana.

The designation was made possible thanks to the efforts of a number of local representatives from business, health, government, and non-profit organizations.

The local community representatives established four areas of focus:

  • Physical activity 
  • Nutrition
  • Health behavior
  • Involvement of employers

It’s a significant undertaking, but officials are determined to improve the quality of life in the area and that starts with organization.

“Once these subcommittees get formed, we’ll look at specific metrics that we want to measure over time and between all of those, and as we have a community dashboard those will be included on them so everyone can see,” said Josh Alsip Chamber of Commerce Director of Community Engagement.

Alsip says they really want to move the needle and make an impact. In the coming weeks, officials plan to start work on the four health areas.