Since its launch in 2010, local elected officials from communities across America stepped forward to address the nation’s childhood obesity epidemic by signing up for the Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC) initiative. The National League of Cities (NLC), which has an ongoing commitment to help local elected officials reduce childhood obesity in their communities, is now working in partnership with Let’s Move! to advance this initiative.
Over the next year, LMCTC sites will be encouraged to accomplish five actionable goals that can help reverse the childhood obesity epidemic in our nation’s cities, towns and counties:
Goal I: Start Early, Start Smart
To provide children with a healthier start, local elected officials commit to helping early care and education program providers incorporate best practices for nutrition, physical activity and screen time into their programs.
Goal II: MyPlate, Your Place
To empower parents and caregivers, local elected officials commit to prominently displaying MyPlate in all municipally- or county-owned or operated venues where food is served.
Goal III: Smart Servings for Students
To provide healthy food in schools, local elected officials commit to increasing participation in the School Breakfast Program (SBP) and the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).
Goal IV: Model Food Service
To improve access to healthy, affordable foods, local elected officials commit to implementing healthy and sustainable food service guidelines that are aligned with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans in all municipally- or county owned or operated venues that serve food.
Goal V: Active Kids at Play
To increase physical activity, local elected officials commit to mapping local playspaces, completing a needs assessment, developing an action plan, and launching a minimum of three proven policies, programs or initiatives aimed at increasing access to play.
These five goals are designed to promote sustainable strategies that will directly impact the health of local residents. Through its Institute for Youth, Education and Families, NLC and its partners will provide local elected officials with tools and technical assistance that makes it easier to accomplish LMCTC goals.
Gold, silver, and bronze medals, with associated benchmarks, have been established for the LMCTC goals. Over the next year, LMCTC sites have the opportunity to earn five gold medals. When an LMCTC site indicates reaching a benchmark through the tracking survey, thereby earning a medal, their site will be recognized by NLC on the See Progress portion of this website. Click here to view LMCTC sites that have achieved medals.
To get started, there are two steps for local elected officials to sign up their city, town, or county to be a LMCTC site:
Step One: Local elected officials must indicate their willingness to commit to the five LMCTC goals and provide contact information, including email address, which will be used to send the associated survey.
Step Two: Once Step One is completed, local elected officials will receive an email with an associated survey link. Please complete the survey. NLC will use survey responses, including LMCTC sites’ activities to date, to develop technical assistance opportunities. The LMCTC sites can use the survey responses to track their progress over time.
Once a local elected official (or designee) signs up to be an LMCTC site, they will be part of a national initiative that will provide opportunities to showcase LMCTC accomplishments and learn from peers and colleagues from cities, towns, and counties across the country.