Welcome to Gaston Community Healthcare Commission

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David Fogarty 
2014 GCHC Chair

Gaston Community Healthcare Commission (GCHC)


Welcome to the Gaston Community Healthcare Commission (GCHC) website! We are pleased to be able to offer this healthcare information to our community. You will find information on specific GCHC Resource Teams and special initiatives. In addition, some general healthcare information is also available.  

In the summer of 2012, as an outgrowth of the coming together of the CEOs of CaroMont Regional Medical Center, Gaston Family Health Services and the Gaston County Department of Health and Human Resources to address Gaston County’s low health ranking, the GCHC was asked to take the lead role in developing a community strategy to address obesity.

Based on this request, the GCHC Advisory Board adopted the following changes:  1) They would transition their program of work from the top five health issues as identified in the most recent Community Health Assessment to a single focus on obesity;  2) They would reorganize their organizational structure to reflect new work teams and community engagement

Healthy Gaston became the brand of the new focus area in 2013 with a Kick-Off event held on July 31st at CarMont to introduce the new concept to the community.  Resource teams were established and work began at a pilot site (West campus of Bethlehem Church) to develop a model program  A Community Awareness Campaign began in 2014.  Monthly health themes were identified and the first one, “Drink More Water” was introduced at the March 1st Bellies, Bodies and Brains event at the Schiele Museum.


2014 Health Theme Calendar

January - Maintain a Healthy Weight           July - Limit Screen Time
February - Be Heart Smart August - Know Your Blood Pressure
March - Drink More Water September - Reduce Stress
April - Move More October - Regulate Blood Sugar Levels   
May - Maintain Healthy Cholesterol Levels    November - Do Not Smoke
June - Use Less Salt December - Get Enough Sleep




2014 Healthy Gaston Events

Gaston Family YMCA's Gaston Cup
Run with a Purpose

The 2nd Annual Gaston Cup  focuses on corporate health and wellness. The Gaston Cup Series provides businesses with a long-term initiative that helps establish healthy lifestyle changes for their employees.  Micro, Small , Medium and Large businesses complete in a series of run/walk races throughout the year. The business with the highest employee participation percentage will win their category Gaston Cup for that year.

Race series

Run for the Money 5K Saturday, April 12th at 8:00 a.m.

Cherry Blossom 5K Friday, April 25 at 6:00 p.m.

Gastonia Grizzlies 5K Friday, July 18 at 6:00 p.m.

Labor Day 5K Monday, September 1 at 8:00 a.m.

Spencer Mountain 5K/10 Mile Sat., Nov. 8 at 8:00 a.m.

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Team flyer 
More information and rules 

2013 Winners:  Wix Affinia, The Cookson Company and Gaston Together


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