2016 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.
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.
Team registration form - email back to
More information and rules
2013 Winners: Wix Affinia, The Cookson Company and Gaston Together