The Healthy Eating Active Living Cities Campaign is promoting a menu of policy options that city leaders can adopt to improve their cities’ nutrition and physical activity environments. A survey of more than 150 city officials in 100 cities directed the Campaign to focus on policies in the areas of land use, food and physical activity, and employee wellness.
Cities’ land use tools of planning, zoning, and infrastructure investment can have a positive effect on residents’ health.
Cities have powerful planning, economic development, and public relations tools that can be used to attract healthy food to underserved neighborhoods.
Cities can reduce the burden of worker healthcare costs by helping workers overcome obesity and overweight—the primary contributors to preventable chronic diseases that account for more than 75% of health care expenditures.
The Healthy Eating Active Living Cities Campaign Resolution contains model language for declaring your city’s policy goals in the areas of land use, access to healthy food, and employee wellness. It is designed to be tailored to your city.