Let’s Move! Cities, Towns, and Counties
LET’S MOVE! CITIES, TOWNS, AND COUNTIES AWARDS MAYOR JERRY GIST AND THE CITY OF JACKSON, TENNESSEE, NATIONAL MEDALS FOR
ACHIEVEMENTS ADDRESSING CHILDHOOD OBESITY
Jackson, TN- On July 10, 2013, the National League of Cities (NLC) recognized Mayor Jerry Gist 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.
Mrs. Obama extended appreciation to those leaders willing to implement community action goals to prevent childhood obesity stating, “We’re certainly encouraged that obesity rates are starting to decline. City leaders and communities are making the health and well-being for young people a priority and stepping up to care for our next generation. The most important part of our lives in this society is our children, and you all have demonstrated that by putting them top on your list. We still have work to do. You all are at the forefront of this work, and we need you to continue to lead the way as we work to end our country’s epidemic of childhood obesity.”
“Local elected officials play a critical role in addressing childhood obesity in our country and communities, and the National League of Cities commends those leaders being recognized for their achievements in taking action to improve healthy eating and physical activity in their communities,” said NLC President Marie Lopez Rogers, mayor of Avondale, AZ.
Mayor Jerry Gist attended the White House event on behalf of the city of Jackson, Tennessee, to celebrate the leading cities in Let’s Move! “The City of Jackson, Tennessee, is honored to be recognized for taking initiative to alter the cycle of childhood obesity through actionable nutrition and physical activity goals. The community is committed to sustainable partnerships and policy and environmental changes that continue to result in improved health for our children.”
Eleven medals were awarded to Jackson, Tennessee, for action taken to improve access to healthy, affordable food and increase opportunities for physical activity. Each participant has the opportunity to earn up to five gold medals, one for each actionable goal they commit to as part of the initiative. The city of Jackson, Tennessee, received medals in four of these 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
- Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals in Goal I:
- 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:
- Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals in Goal III:
- 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:
- Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals in Goal V
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.
More than 330 cities, towns and counties are participating in LMCTC. Each month, NLC recognizes local elected officials who achieve key benchmarks for the five LMCTC goals. To date, NLC has awarded 1,019 bronze, silver, and gold medals to recognize local elected officials across the country for their progress.
For more information about LMCTC and Jackson, Tennessee’s, accomplishments, visit www.HealthyCommunitiesHealthyFuture.org.
The National League of Cities (NLC) is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. Working in partnership with the 49 state municipal leagues, NLC serves as a resource to and an advocate for the more than 19,000 cities, villages, and towns it represents.