Thursday, December 18, 2014

City honored for healthful steps

By The Herald Staff | 6/9/2014

The National League of Cities recently recognized the City of Ottawa for completing health and wellness goals for the Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties nationwide program.

The program is a component of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Initiative, which is dedicated to “solving the childhood obesity epidemic within a generation,” according to a news release.

The National League of Cities recently recognized the City of Ottawa for completing health and wellness goals for the Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties nationwide program.

The program is a component of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Initiative, which is dedicated to “solving the childhood obesity epidemic within a generation,” according to a news release.

The Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties segment of the program calls upon local elected officials to adopt “sustainable and holistic” policies that improve a community’s access to healthful and affordable food, as well as opportunities for physical activity, the release said.

The National League of Cities awarded Ottawa silver and bronze medals in the “MyPlate, Your Plate” category for displaying MyPlate resources in all city-owned buildings where food is offered and for becoming a U.S. Department of Agriculture MyPlate Community Partner, the release said.

The city was awarded a bronze medal in the “Model Food Service” category for reviewing its relationship with food vendors and their offerings.

“On behalf of the city and the partners in the community, I am thrilled that we collectively are ensuring a healthier and more active citizenry for Ottawa’s future endeavors,” Linda Reed, Ottawa mayor, said in the release. “This program encourages communication and collaboration among all of us concerned with these issues and prompts us to keep moving forward.”

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