NLC is leading efforts to enhance the work of Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC), a key component of First Lady Michelle Obama’s comprehensive Let’s Move! initiative, which is dedicated to reversing the childhood obesity epidemic within a generation. The target audience for LMCTC is local elected officials from cities, towns and counties, including mayors, city councilmembers, town administrators, city managers, alderpersons, county executives, county commissioners and county councilmembers. A newly launched website, www.healthycommunitieshealthyfuture.org, provides tools, resources, technical assistance and a framework to help local elected officials take action in their communities. The website also provides networking opportunities for local elected officials to learn from their peers working on obesity prevention efforts.
With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through its Leadership for Healthy Communities national program, the YEF Institute is providing municipal leaders in Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi with technical assistance to implement policy changes that promote healthy eating and active living.The YEF Institute has selected five larger and mid-sized cities to participate in the project: Little Rock, Ark., North Little Rock, Ark., Baton Rouge, La., Jackson, Miss., and Tupelo, Miss. The YEF Institute is also working with state municipal leagues and state health departments to assist 15 smaller, more rural communities Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi as they develop and implement community wellness plans to expand access to fresh, healthy foods and opportunities for recreation.
With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through its Leadership for Healthy Communities national program, the YEF Institute and American Association of School Administrators (AASA) helped municipal and school leaders in six cities combat childhood obesity through community wellness policies. Lessons learned from this project are documented in a YEF Insitute-AASA report, Community Wellness: Comprehensive City-School Strategies to Reduce Childhood Obesity.