Revere Recognized for Trailblazing Efforts to Prevent Childhood Obesity Through Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties
Revere – On Thursday, November 14, the National League of Cities (NLC) recognized the efforts of nearly 400 mayors, city council members, county commissioners, and other local elected officials nationwide for their commitment to achieving health and wellness goals for Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC). More than 60 million Americans are now living in LMCTC communities that are dedicated to helping young people eat healthy foods and be physically active. LMCTC is a major component of First Lady Michelle Obama’s comprehensive Let’s Move! initiative, which is dedicated to solving childhood obesity within a generation.
“Local officials around the country are committed to taking action in their communities to help their residents be healthy,” said NLC President Marie Lopez Rogers, mayor of Avondale, Ariz. “We’ve seen recent signs of progress, with childhood obesity rates declining in some cities, counties, and states, and we hope to see continued progress thanks to the efforts of the local leaders being recognized today.”
As part of today’s announcement, NLC President Rogers also recognized officials representing 18 communities that have made the most progress to date in completing the five goals, including Mayor Daniel Rizzo. The 18 communities being recognized are:
Hawaiian Gardens, Calif.; Kenmore, Wash.; and Selma, Ala., for sites with populations less than 25,000.
Annapolis, Md., and Casa Grande, Ariz., for sites with populations between 25,000 and 49,999.
Davenport, Iowa; Jackson, Tenn.; Meriden, Conn.; Revere, Mass.; and Somerville, Mass., for sites with populations between 50,000 and 99,999.
Beaumont, Texas; Columbia, S.C.; Knoxville, Tenn.; Norfolk, Va.; Orlando, Fla.; and Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., for sites with populations between 100,000 and 249,999.
Columbus, Ohio, and Knox County, Tenn., for sites with populations of more than 250,000.
The story of Revere, Massachusetts evolving as a healthy community is one of residents coming together with healthcare providers, local partners and regional organizations to help redefine new possibilities. It demonstrates how with good organization and commitment, a municipality can emerge as a leader in integrating health and wellness into all aspects of its community development. For Mayor Daniel Rizzo, Revere on the Move (ROTM), an active living, healthy eating initiative that has adopted the Let’s Move Cities, Towns and Counties goals, is a vital component of his municipalities’ efforts to lead a vibrant and healthy community. ROTM is a collaboration between the City of Revere and Revere CARES a coalition supported by the Massachusetts General Hospital. It is a Mass in Motion initiative, funded in part by the MA Department of Public Health and Partners HealthCare. It focuses on policy, systems and environmental changes. Among its successes are an adopt-a-park program, a district-wide walk to school initiative, a Farmers Market, school/community gardens and two urban trails, for which Revere was recognized as a statewide leader in Healthy Community Design.
LMCTC calls upon local elected officials to adopt sustainable and holistic policies that improve communities’ access to healthy affordable foods and opportunities for physical activity through five goal areas:
• Goal I: Start Early, Start Smart: Promoting best practices for nutrition, physical activity, and screen time in early care and education settings
• Goal II: My Plate, Your Place: Prominently displaying MyPlate in all municipal or county venues where food is served
• Goal III: Smart Servings for Students: Increasing participation in school breakfast and lunch programs
• Goal IV: Model Food Service: Implementing healthy and sustainable food service guidelines that are aligned with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans
• Goal V: Active Kids at Play: Increasing opportunities for physical activity
Beaumont, Texas is the first city to receive 5 gold medals in all five of LMCTC goal areas. All LMCTC sites, including Revere, have the opportunity to earn medals for each actionable goal to which they commit as part of the initiative. Since July 2012, NLC has awarded 1,274 bronze, silver, and gold medals to local elected officials who represent LMCTC communities across the country for their progress in these areas.
NLC is working in partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and with the support of 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. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation awarded a grant to NLC to provide technical assistance to local elected officials working to create healthier communities and prevent childhood obesity, including those participating in LMCTC.
For more information about LMCTC and Revere’s accomplishments, visit www.HealthyCommunitiesHealthyFuture.org and www.Facebook.com/RevereOnTheMove.
NLC is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.