Through the years, we’ve worked with exceptional individuals who understand local challenges facing their communities, and have the passion and the vision to create opportunities where people can make healthy choices where they live, work, learn, play and pray. We’re recognizing these individuals, who have been nominated by their peers and colleagues, to showcase their commitment to making the healthy choice, the easy choice.
Coming from D.C. where she worked for the American Planning Association at the Healthy Community Research Center, Erin Musiol has experience in integrating public health and city planning, and understands the importance of active living for a community. She is not only a planner with the city of Rock Hill, but also serves on the Eat Smart, Move More York County Access to Healthy Foods subcommittee, as well as the county bike and pedestrian task force.
“I want to give credit that I’m given the opportunity to serve on these boards and communities and engage in the community. Where I work, it’s such a value to everyone, it’s what makes us more successful,” says Musiol.
Musiol has a passion for planning, and she has the vision to ensure that the community has a long-term vision of how to operate daily while creating options for its citizen’s health. She says the city is constantly striving to improve facilities and not settling, and everyone she works with helps her work towards these goals.
“Erin helps guide policy and environment changes at the local level, and she leads the Focus 2020 comprehensive plan update that includes exemplary use of public health language for walkability, bikeability, access to healthy foods, urban agriculture, and community gardens,” says Janet Wojcik of Winthrop University.
In addition to the Focus 2020 plan, Musiol has co-organized walkability-assessments near the new farmer’s market, and has led the city’s bike-pedestrian plan. She has been working with the city to create international, high-quality facilities such as the BMX track alongside mountain bike trails and miles of greenway in the Rock Hill Outdoor Center. She says the city is currently in the process of building an indoor event center for gymnastics, volleyball, and other recreational sports to bring the community together.