Kennesaw Recognized for Let’s Move! Wellness Initiatives

The following is a success story featuring the City of Kennesaw being recognized for achieving key milestones in reaching key health and wellness goals. Great work City of Kennesaw!

Kennesaw Recognized for Let’s Move! Wellness Initiatives

Kennesaw, Ga. (May 2, 2013) – The National League of Cities (NLC) has recognized the City of Kennesaw for achieving milestones in reaching 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.

Nine medals were awarded to Kennesaw for action taken to improve access to healthy, affordable food and increase opportunities for physical activity. The medals recognized Kennesaw's achievements in promoting best practices for nutrition, exercise, and screen time, particularly in early care and education settings.

"The Let's Move! program is such a great compliment to our Fit City initiative emphasizing wellness at all ages," said City Councilmember Cris Welsh, who is leading the city's efforts to raise awareness of the importance of getting and staying active. "Some of our recent accomplishments like completing new community walking trails and installing new exercise stations in Swift-Cantrell Park demonstrate our commitment to health and fitness."

"Local elected officials play a critical role in addressing childhood obesity in our country and communities, and we commend those leaders 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.

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.

The National League of Cities 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.