Healthy Communities

NLC helps local officials build healthy communities by:

Culture of Health 

Mayors and city leaders play a pivotal role in the overall health and well-being of the cities and towns they serve.  With generous support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the Institute for Youth, Education, and Families at the National League of Cities (NLC) is leading an effort to educate, train and build the capacity of city leaders to address the social determinants of health and improve health outcomes where individuals live, learn, work and play. Read more...

Let's Move! Cities, Towns and Counties

First Lady Michelle Obama

Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC) is a key part of First Lady Michelle Obama's Let’s Move! initiative. Through LMCTC, we help local elected officials develop long-term and sustainable strategies to promote healthy eating and increased physical activity in their communities. Read more...

Health Disparities

With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, we established the Learning Collaborative on Health Disparities. The purpose of this collaborative is to develop and frame emerging local models to reduce childhood obesity-related health disparities. Read More...

Afterschool and Summer Meals Programs

Afterschool and summer meals

Hunger and food insecurity can have devastating long-term effects on children. We have partnered with the Food Research and Action Center to reduce child hunger by expanding participation in afterschool and summer meals programs through the Cities Combating Hunger through Afterschool and Summer Meal Programs (CHAMPS) initiative. Read more...

Health Benefits Outreach

With support from The Atlantic Philanthropies, we are helping local leaders connect families to health insurance through the Cities Expanding Health Access for Children and Families (CEHACF) initiative. Read more...