PITTSBURGH, PA - The National League of Cities (NLC) has recognized Mayor William Peduto and the city of Pittsburgh 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. LMCTC calls upon local elected officials to adopt sustainable and holistic policies that improve communities’ access to healthy affordable food and opportunities for physical activity through five goal areas.
“We congratulate and commend Pittsburgh for your efforts to improve the health of your community’s children and families,” said NLC President Chris Coleman, mayor of Saint 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.”
Two medals were awarded to Pittsburgh for action taken to improve access to healthy affordable food and increase opportunities for physical activity. These medals were awarded because of Pittsburgh’s achievements in promoting Goal V: Active Kids at Play, through mapping all playspaces, completing a needs assessment of playspaces, and developing an action plan.
LMCTC is one more way Mayor Peduto is deepening the City's partnership with the National League of Cities. Other activities with the NLC include a preliminary grant from Cities Expanding Children's Access to Health Care and a separate grant to advance community conversations for universal Pre-K.
By working collaboratively with the NLC and the Pittsburgh community on LMCTC, the City will further is vision for the newly launched Live Well Pittsburgh Initiative, which kicked off in April 2014 to improve the total health for all of Pittsburgh. A core component of Live Well Pittsburgh is building age-friendly communities that are playful, innovative and accessible -- for children and seniors alike.
A leader and trusted partner for the city has been the Playful Pittsburgh Collaborative, a group of committed individuals and organizations dedicated to advancing the importance of play in the lives of children in the Pittsburgh region. Those organizations include: Carnegie Museum of Art, Children's Museum Pittsburgh, Let Kids Play!, Let's Move Pittsburgh, PAEYC, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, Studio for Spatial Practice, and The Sprout Fund.
Additionally, on May 13, 2014 Pittsburgh was once again designated a Playful City USA honoree by KaBOOM!, national non-profit dedicated to saving play for America's children. Recognized as a leader in playability – the extent to which a city makes it easy for kids to get balanced and active play – Pittsburgh is making play part of the solution that can move the needle on countless urban challenges.
“Every day we’re working to make the lives of Pittsburgh’s children better,” Mayor Peduto said. “Whether through supporting education, jobs and business growth for families, or supporting healthy lifestyles, this award from the NLC underscores our many efforts on critically important children’s issues.”
All LMCTC 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 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 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
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 has awarded NLC a grant to provide technical assistance to local elected officials working to create healthier communities and prevent childhood obesity, including those participating in LMCTC.
More than 430 cities, towns and counties are participating in LMCTC. Each month, NLC recognizes local elected officials who achieve key benchmarks for the five LMCTC goals. SinceJuly 2012, NLC has awarded 1,643 bronze, silver, and gold medals to recognize local electedofficials across the country for their LMCTC progress.
For more information about LMCTC and Pittsburgh’’s accomplishments, visit www.HealthyCommunitiesHealthyFuture.org.
The National League of Cities 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.
Friday, May 30, 2014
City of Pittsburgh
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