Way to Wellville representatives were surprised and impressed with Columbus' pitch to be selected as one of final five communities to compete in a nationwide health challenge.
The three-member panel spent time touring Columbus this week to determine the city's prospects for competitively becoming a healthier community.
"Columbus has a spirit of innovation and design that is unusual for a small community," said Marcia Conner, a team member with the Health Initiative Coordinating Council (HICCup).
Esther Dyson, council founder and an investor in various business startups, said she was surprised by the amount of energy the city demonstrated in its commitment to being healthy.
Columbus is among 10 communities competing to earn a spot in the Way to Wellville national health competition. The final five will compete over five years to make the greatest strides in five measures of health.
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