Casa Grande, AZ Awarded Medals Recognizing Achievements in Addressing Childhood Obesity through Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties

ARTICLE | Dec 10, 2012

The National League of Cities (NLC) has recognized Casa Grande Mayor Bob Jackson 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.

Four medals were awarded to Casa Grande for action taken to improve access to healthy affordable food and increase opportunities for physical activity:

Bronze Medal in Goal I: Start Early, Start Smart

For having an active interagency collaboration on early care and education programs.

Bronze Medal in Goal III: Smart Servings for Students

For having at least 60% of public schools participating in the School Breakfast Program.

Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals in Goal IV: Model Food Service

For having at least 30% of municipally- or county-owned or operated venues that serve food having implemented a policy for healthy and sustainable food service guidelines aligned with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals in Goal V: Active Kids at Play

For mapping all playspaces, completing a needs assessment of playspaces, developing an action plan, and launching at least three proven policies, programs, or initiatives from the action plan to continue to increase access to physical activity.

“Children are our future, so it is imperative that we as a community join together to educate our youth in Casa Grande and implement programs to combat childhood obesity,” said Mayor Jackson. “We’re honored to receive these medals, but most importantly, encourage families in Casa Grande to participate by implementing healthy lifestyle choices for their children.”

Council member Mary Kortsen received the medals in lieu of the Mayor on November 29, 2012 during the National League of Cities conference in Boston, Massachusetts.

“We applaud local elected officials in Casa Grande 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, IN.

All LMCTC sites have the opportunity to earn up to five gold medals, one for each actionable goal they commit to as part of the initiative. The five goal areas are:

  • Goal 1: Start Early, Start Smart: Promoting best practices for nutrition, physical activity, and screen time in early care and education settings
  • Goal 2: My Plate, Your Place: Prominently displaying MyPlate in all municipal or county venues where food is served
  • Goal 3: Smart Servings for Students: Increasing participation in school breakfast and lunch programs
  • Goal 4: Model Food Service: Implementing healthy and sustainable food service guidelines that are aligned with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans
  • Goal 5: Active Kids at Play: Increasing opportunities for physical activity

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.

For more information about LMCTC and Casa Grande’s accomplishments, visit http://www.healthycommunitieshealthyfuture.org/places/#Casa Grande,AZ

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