“We congratulate and commend the city of Decatur for your efforts to improve the health of your community’s children and families,” said league President Chris Coleman, mayor of St. Paul, Minn. “Through the leadership and dedication of local elected officials in cities, towns and counties across the country, we are beginning to see a measurable decrease in obesity rates and a cultural shift towards health.”
Three medals were awarded to Decatur. because of Decatur’s achievements on Goal 5: Active Kids at Play.
All program sites have the opportunity to earn up to five gold medals, one for each actionable goal to which they commit to as part of the initiative. Medals are awarded to local elected officials based on achievements in each of the following five goal areas:
-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: expanding access to meal programs before, during and after the school day, and/or over summer months.
-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 league 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 the program as they implement policy and environmental changes to prevent childhood obesity. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has awarded the league a grant to provide technical assistance to local elected officials working to create healthier communities and prevent childhood obesity, including those participating in the program.
More than 440 cities, towns and counties are participating in the program. Each month, the league recognizes local elected officials who achieve key benchmarks for the five program goals. Since July 2012, the league has awarded 1,754 bronze, silver and gold medals to recognize local elected officials across the country for their program progress.
For more information about the program and Decatur’s accomplishments, visit www.HealthyCommunitiesHealthyFuture.org.