Medical Mutual of Ohio is hoping to make Dublin healthier.

Medical Mutual of Ohio is hoping to make Dublin healthier.

Dublin city staff last week introduced city council to the "Healthy Dublin" initiative that Medical Mutual of Ohio wants to use to help people who work and live in Dublin have healthier lifestyles.

Programs offered through the initiative could include a free wellness program, awareness seminars, biometric health screenings, fitness challenges, community health fairs, nutrition counseling and tobacco cessation programs, according to the staff report given to council.

"The greatest gift we can give our residents is good health," Councilman John Reiner said during the presentation.

"Healthy Dublin" would be modeled after a program piloted in the Cleveland suburb of Solon and would "be fully funded and managed by (Medical Mutual of Ohio) executives for a period of three years," the staff report said.

While Medical Mutual will take care of maintaining a Web site, marketing, public and media relations, programming and support services, the city would be expected to add a link to the project's Web site on the city's site.

Medical Mutual has met with representatives of the city, school district and chamber of commerce, and the groups would be involved with planning the program, along with major organizations and companies in the community.

While council praised the idea behind the program, Vice Mayor Cathy Boring was concerned the city would be advertising for Medical Mutual of Ohio.

Dublin director of human resources David Harding told council the city wouldn't be sponsoring the program, but Councilman Michael Keenan also voiced concerns.

"I'm worried about endorsing Medical Mutual," he said. "I'm not against the program. We need to be careful."

With concerns relayed to staff, council voted unanimously to approve the program, which is still in the planning stages.