Building Healthy Communities Through Let's Move! Cities, Town and Counties

September 16, 2013

Elena Hoffnagle and Tracy Weidt

Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC) will host a pre-conference training seminar on Thursday, November 14 at the Congress of Cities and Exposition in Seattle, Wash. to provide in-depth technical assistance and training for elected officials and senior city staff participating in LMCTC.

By promoting physical activity and improved nutrition, city officials can make their communities healthier, save countless lives and ease the tremendous financial strain on families, local governments, and the health care system, a strain caused in large part by obesity-related illnesses. 

More than 340 local elected officials from communities in 47 states are participating in Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC), a part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s comprehensive Let’s Move! initiative, which is dedicated to reversing the childhood obesity epidemic within a generation.

In Casa Grande, Ariz., Mayor Bob Jackson is dedicated to developing city programs and amenities that provide space for residents of all ages to walk, bike, run and play safely. In Beaumont, Texas, Councilmember Alan B. Coleman established an interagency collaboration on early care and education programs to promote best practices for nutrition, physical activity and screen time to early care and education providers. In Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., the city recently instituted a comprehensive Healthy Food and Beverage Policy, requiring implementation of nutrition standards at all city facilities. In Cambridge, Mass., the city is working with school and community partners to introduce healthier and tastier school lunches, fitness activities and model nutrition policies. 

LMCTC provides a framework for local elected officials to develop long-term, sustainable, and holistic strategies that promote improved nutrition and increased physical activity in their communities. With input from local officials, LMCTC unifies the efforts of cities, towns and counties across the country in pursuing five measurable and achievable goals:

  1. Start Early, Start Smart: Provide children in early care and education settings with a healthy start.
  2. MyPlate, Your Place: Display MyPlate in city- and county-owned venues that serve food.
  3. Smart Servings for Students: Increase participation in school breakfast and school lunch programs.
  4. Model Food Service: Adopt healthy food service guidelines at city- and county-owned venues that serve food.
  5. Active Kids at Play: Take steps to promote physical activity.

On November 14, a free pre-conference training seminar for local elected officials and city staff who are participating in LMCTC will be offered at the Congress of Cities and Exposition in Seattle, Wash. This session will provide in-depth technical assistance and training on achieving the initiative’s five goals. The session will also provide an opportunity for participants to create action plans and roadmaps, as well as set priorities for their LMCTC work with assistance from peer cities and subject matter experts.

Participating local officials and city staff will:

  • Get equipped to begin or make progress on the five goals of LMCTC,
  • Understand how local partners from city and/or county agencies and community organizations can play an active role in LMCTC,
  • Gain knowledge on community health, childhood obesity, nutrition and physical activity,
  • Understand how to utilize federal and regional resources to improve the health of their community,
  • Develop a roadmap for their community to take action for when they return back home, and
  • Have an opportunity to discuss challenges with peers in other communities.

Not yet participating in Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties? First, sign up,  and then register to attend this pre-conference training seminar.

RSVP
To reserve your space, please RSVP by emailing us at lmctc@nlc.org or call Elena Hoffnagle (202)626-3012 for additional information. Note: this session is only offered to local elected officials and staff who are currently participating in LMCTC.