Georgia’s Healthy Communities Initiative is engaging communities and mobilizing state wide networks to focus on chronic disease prevention. Communities are working to change the places and organizations that touch people’s lives every day—schools, work sites, health care sites, and other community settings—to turn the tide on the national epidemic of chronic diseases.

The policies, systems, and environments around us, including our communities, worksites, transportation systems, schools, faith-based organizations, and health care settings shape the pattern of our lives and our health. For example, the design and walkability of communities, the availability of low-cost fruits and vegetables, and the smoking policies in our workplaces have a direct impact on whether we walk to school, consume healthy foods and drinks, or are exposed to second-hand smoke.

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A Walk a Day

The popularity of walking as a fitness activity is growing by leaps and bounds. Low risk and easy to start, walking has proved its health benefits in numerous studies. A classic eight-year study of ...

Alcohol Eats Away at Muscle Mass

If increasing muscle mass is one of your goals, then think twice before you go out for a night of heavy drinking. Consuming alcohol in large quantities has a direct effect on your metabolism, causing ...

Battling Boredom

Are you finding it difficult to get out of bed in the morning for your daily walk? Are you making up excuses to skip the gym on the way home? Even the most dedicated exercisers occasionally get bore...

News for Healthy Communities Initiatives from Around the Nation

Webinar Recording: Announcing LMCTC All-Stars

Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC) has seen incredible success over the past few years with over 30 cities and counties achieving gold medals in all five LMCTC goals. Many other participating communities anticipate reaching this designation in the next year. Increasingly, LMCTC communities have expressed interest in taking on more advanced and challenging... Read More ›

Veg Out SA!: San Antonio’s Campaign to Promote Fruits and Vegetables

This blog originally appeared on letsmove.gov. In the Let’s Move! City of San Antonio, Texas, local leadership is calling on its residents to eat more fruits and vegetables by “Vegging Out”!  Veg Out SA! is a campaign to educate San Antonio residents about the benefits of fruits and vegetables. The campaign, sponsored by BlueCross and... Read More ›

RWJF Funding Opportunities: Healthy Eating Research

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF’s) commitment to reversing the childhood obesity epidemic has provided national leadership in efforts to achieve a healthy weight for all of our nation’s children, especially in lower-income communities and communities of color. This landmark work continues today as part of its vision to build a national Culture of Health... Read More ›

New interactive map of Let’s Move! programs launched

There is now an interactive map of Let’s Move! programs across the country. This is a great tool to identify new partners for your work and learn more about work being done in your city or county. You can search both by zipcode to see who’s participating in Let’s Move! programs in your area, or... Read More ›

NLC accepts First Lady Michelle Obama’s #GimmeFive Challenge

Hey @FLOTUS, we accept the #GimmeFive challenge! https://t.co/o9fMhIrbyR You’re next, @SLCMayorsOffice @mayorcoleman @Kean1 @zonemat. — NLC (@leagueofcities) April 1, 2015

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