A Call to Action for Mayors and Elected Officials
A Call to Action for Mayors and Local Elected Officials
Let’s Move! is a comprehensive initiative that was launched by the First Lady in 2010 and is dedicated to solving the problem of obesity within a generation, so that children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams.
In a January 2010 address, First Lady Michelle Obama called on mayors to take a leadership role. The First Lady has always said that local leaders are uniquely positioned to champion healthy communities, which is why she launched Let’s Move! Cities and Towns in June 2010. In 2012, the initiative expanded to include counties, and in July 2012, the First Lady announced private and public sector commitments to support Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC).
LMCTC calls upon local elected officials to adopt long-term, sustainable and holistic approaches to addressing childhood obesity. Local elected officials who sign up as an LMCTC site are willing to commit to five goals. Developed with the role of local elected officials in mind, the five goals are designed to promote sustainable strategies intended to improve the health of local constituents.
Cities, towns and counties participating in LMCTC benefit by:
- Receiving national recognition when they achieve LMCTC goals.
- Gaining access to technical assistance from experts.
- Having a variety of opportunities to learn what works at the local level.
- Sharing success stories and discussing challenges with peers in other communities.
- Participating in a national movement to build healthy communities for a healthy future.
The National League of Cities (NLC) is working in partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) with support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the National Association of Counties, and other nonprofit organizations to assist local elected officials who join LMCTC as they implement policy and environmental changes to prevent childhood obesity.
Become a Let’s Move! City, Town or County
Local elected officials can sign up their city, town or county here.