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 13...

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 bored...

News for Healthy Communities Initiatives from Around the Nation

Happy Holidays from LMCTC!

Looking Back on 2014: 2014 was a big year for Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC), with local elected officials across the country making fantastic progress to transform their cities and counties into healthier places. Here’s an overview of our national accomplishments: Nearly 460 mayors, city council members, county commissioners and other local elected... Read More ›

President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition

Do you know anyone who is leading the charge in promoting fitness, sports or nutrition? If so, the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition (PCFSN) is pleased to announce that nominations for the PCFSN Community Leadership Awards and Lifetime Achievement Awards are now being accepted. Community Leadership Awards The President’s Council Community Leadership Award... Read More ›

BUILD Health Challenge–Community Collaboration Grants

Deadline: Jan. 16, 2015 (Round 1 applications due) The BUILD Health Challenge is a national award program designed to support community collaborations that are working to give everyone a fair chance to be healthy. Specifically, the BUILD Health Challenge will give two kinds of awards – planning and implementation awards – to strengthen partnerships among hospitals,... Read More ›

Cities, Towns and Counties Honored for Let’s Move! Achievements

At a celebratory event at National League of Cities’ (NLC’s) Congress of Cities in Austin, NLC honored cities and counties for their leadership and dedication to ending childhood obesity and improving the health of their residents. Local elected officials have a key role to play in ensuring children in their communities reach their full potential... Read More ›

23 Cities and Counties Receive Special Recognition for Reaching Five Gold Medals

On November 20 2014, the National League of Cities (NLC) recognized 23 communities, and the mayors, city councilmembers and county commissioners leading the efforts in these communities, who have completed the five goals of Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties. The 23 five-gold medal cities and counties being recognized include: Annapolis, Maryland The City of Annapolis strives to... Read More ›


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