Let’s Move Goes Local
Yesterday, I spoke to the US Conference of Mayors Standing Committee on Children, Health and Human Services chaired by Green Bay Mayor James Schmitt and co-chaired by Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett and Gastonia Mayor Jennifer Stultz.
At the meeting, I shared the good news that over 470 mayors signed up to make their cities Let’s Move Cities and Towns. As a Let’s Move City or Town, mayors commit to making lasting policy changes, or launching new programs, in the four pillars of Let’s Move! that call for local action: reducing the risk of obesity in early childhood; improving nutrition in schools; increasing access to fresh affordable food; and increasing physical activity.
Every city and town is different. Lasting policy change in early childhood could mean making sure that all child care centers meet national standards. For schools, it could mean be signing up for the HealthierUS School Challenge. It could also mean finding ways to create more farmer’s markets or starting community gardens in places where few options exist for fresh food; and for physical activity it could mean ensuring that cities have sidewalks and bike paths.
We’re excited about Let’s Move Cities and Towns because it is the way we make the goals of Let’s Move! real, where families actually live. But Let’s Move Cities and Towns is not just about elected officials; it’s about you. Mayors need your help whether you’re a parent, a pediatrician, a coach, a chef or any member of the community.
Check out the list of cities and ask your mayor or town leader how you can help make your community a healthier place for children.