Prattville Recognized for Let's Move! Achievements

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CONTACT:  Teresa Lee, or (334) 595-0102

November 9, 2015

 

City of Prattville Recognized for Achievements in Addressing Childhood Obesity through Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties

On Thursday, November 5th, the National League of Cities (NLC) recognized the City of Prattville for achieving gold medals in all five Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC) goal areas, which are based on achievements made to improve access to healthy, affordable food and promote physical activity for children and adults. Prattville was recognized at NLC’s annual conference in Nashville, Tennessee on November 5, 2015.

“These local policymakers, representing small and large communities from across the country, are transforming their communities into healthier places,” said National League of Cities President Ralph Becker, mayor, Salt Lake City, Utah.

LMCTC is a key part of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative and helps local elected officials, their staff and communities ensure all children grow up healthy and have the ability to reach their full potential. NLC works in partnership with Let’s Move! and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide assistance to local elected officials. Over 500 cities, towns and counties have committed to the five goals in the LMCTC initiative since July 2012.

All LMCTC communities have the opportunity to earn up to five gold medals, one for each actionable goal that they commit to as part of the initiative. Medals are awarded to local elected officials based on their achievements in areas such as providing healthy school meals, opportunities for physical activity during and outside of school, and healthier early care and education programs. Since July 2012, NLC has awarded over 2,800 bronze, silver and gold medals to local elected officials across the country to recognize their LMCTC progress.

This year, the City of Prattville joins an elite group of 59 cities and counties that have earned gold medals in each of the five goal areas. This number is expected to grow as more local leaders take advantage of their unique position to ensure the health and well-being of young people today and that of future generations is a priority. In addition, five city leaders were honored for their overall efforts to prevent childhood obesity and improve the health of their residents.

“We’re beginning to turn the tide on childhood obesity in America’s communities, and we can’t stop now, especially when it comes to our work at the local level,” First Lady Michelle Obama said. “City and county officials have provided essential leadership for these efforts, and their innovative approaches and effective solutions can help ensure that all our children have a healthy start in life.”

"We would be remiss if we did not mention our partnership with the Autauga County Board of Education," stated Teresa Lee, Mayor Gillespie's Executive Assistant. "Superintendent Spence Agee and his staff provided a wealth of information about the programs they have implemented in Autauga County Schools. Without their programs complimenting our own, some of these medals would not have been possible. We must also thank the Autuaga County Extension Office for their health-related training they provide over the course of the year."

"This is just one of the many programs that we have put in place to promote health and wellness in our community," stated Mayor Bill Gillespie, Jr. "Let's Move! allowed us another opportunity to partner with ACBOE and Superintendent Agee. Our goals are like-minded for the children of Autauga County and Prattville. They are our future. Anything we can do that helps them to succeed is a win for the entire community."

For more information about the cities, counties and individuals recognized, visit http://www.healthycommunitieshealthyfuture.org/coc2015announcement/.

NLC works in partnership with Let’s Move! and HHS, with support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the National Association of Counties and other nonprofit organizations, to provide assistance to local elected officials as they implement policy and program changes to improve access to healthy, affordable food and provide opportunities for physical activity for all children. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation provides generous support to NLC to provide technical assistance to local elected officials working to create healthier communities and prevent childhood obesity, including those participating in LMCTC.

For more information about LMCTC and Prattville’s accomplishments, visit www.HealthyCommunitiesHealthyFuture.org.

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