Lakewood kicks off campaign to address childhood obesity
through Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties
Mayor Bob Murphy is proud to announce that the City of Lakewood has been recognized by the National League of Cities 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.
Watch it Live from the White House
Mayor Bob Murphy represents Lakewood as First Lady Michelle Obama honors communities for their "Let's Move!" health and wellness efforts.
Wednesday, July 10, 11 a.m., www.whitehouse.gov/live
In celebration of this collaboration with Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties, Lakewood is hosting a free Zumbatomic class for families at 9 a.m., Saturday, July 27 at the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Amphitheater at the Lakewood Heritage Center, 801 S. Yarrow St. This special Fitness in the Park event is generously supported by Kaiser Permanente. No registration required. Call 720-963-5366 for more information.
The LMCTC initiative invites communities to commit to five actionable goals. The five goals, and Lakewood’s participation, are as follows:
Goal I: Start Early, Start Smart: Promoting best practices for nutrition, physical activity, and screen time in early care and education settings. Lakewood operates four Head Start facilities and two Early Childhood Education program sites. The City’s Family Services Division is an active partner with Childcare Innovations, Jefferson County’s resource and referral agency for child care and is an active participant in the Early Childhood Council.
Goal II: My Plate, Your Place: Prominently displaying MyPlate in all municipal or county venues where food is served. The community will start to see the iconic U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Choose MyPlate graphic in places where food is served in an effort to spread the message about the importance of a nutritious, balanced diet.
Goal III: Smart Servings for Students: Increasing participation in school breakfast and lunch programs. While the City does not manage nutrition services in schools, Jefferson County Public Schools does an outstanding job in this area. Following the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010, students are offered meals that contain more fruits and vegetables, fewer calories, less fat, less sodium, leaner proteins, right-sized portions and more whole-grain options.
Goal IV: Model Food Service: Implementing healthy and sustainable food service guidelines that are aligned with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The caterer selected to provide breakfast, lunch and afternoon snacks at the four Head Start facilities and the Volunteers for America organization at the Clements Community Center meal site for older adults both follow USDA guidelines for healthier meal options.
Goal V: Active Kids at Play: Increasing opportunities for physical activity. With 58 municipal playgrounds easy to find through the City’s online interactive park listing or physical park map, there are plenty of choices for outdoor play in Lakewood.
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 USDA, 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 230 cities, towns and counties are participating in LMCTC.
For more information about LMCTC and Lakewood’s accomplishments, visit www.healthycommunitieshealthyfuture.org or contact Allison Scheck at 303-987-7872 or AllSch@Lakewood.org.
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Posted on: Friday, June 28, 2013