NLC recognizes Kenmore for addressing childhood obesity through Let’s Move!
December 10, 2012 · 11:59 AM
The National League of Cities (NLC) has recognized the City of Kenmore for recent completion of key health and wellness goals for Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC).
LMCTC is a major component of First Lady Michelle Obama’s comprehensive Let’s Move! initiative, which is dedicated to solving the childhood obesity epidemic within a generation.
“We applaud local elected officials in Kenmore for stepping up to the challenge of Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties and making measurable progress in their efforts to improve children’s health,” said NLC President Ted Ellis, mayor of Bluffton, Ind.
Cities and counties participating in LMCTC have the opportunity to earn medals for making measurable progress in pursuit of five goals for building healthier communities. Kenmore was awarded three medals, including gold for action taken to increase opportunities for physical activities through the completion of a needs assessment of play spaces and improve access to healthy affordable food with Northshore School District’s participation in the School Breakfast Program.
“The City of Kenmore is dedicated to promoting opportunities for play through its parks system and community events program,” said Kenmore Mayor David Baker. “We are proud to receive this recognition and will continue to strive to provide citizens with a high quality of life.”
The National League of Cities (NLC) is the lead collaborating partner on this initiative, working with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the National Association of Counties and other nonprofit organizations, in assisting local elected officials to implement policy and environmental changes to prevent childhood obesity.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has awarded NLC a grant to provide technical assistance to local elected officials working to create healthier communities and prevent childhood obesity, including sites participating in LMCTC.
More than 160 cities, towns and counties are participating in LMCTC. NLC awarded 541 medals to local elected officials across the country, recognizing these leaders for their progress in adopting long-term, sustainable and holistic policies that improve communities’ access to healthy affordable food and opportunities for physical activity.
For more information about LMCTC and Kenmore’s accomplishments, visit www.healthycommunitieshealthyfuture.org.