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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Fit Facts

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


We are excited to share a brand-new resource to aid in your local efforts to build a healthier community—The Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC) Guide: A Resource Guide for Municipal and County Leaders. Download here. As a supplement to the LMCTC Website (, this guide is a comprehensive resource for your LMCTC efforts... Read More ›

Grants Available for Cities to Expand Afterschool and Summer Meal Programs

The National League of Cities’ Institute for Youth, Education, and Families invites cities to apply for grant awards of up to $50,000 to build the capacity of municipalities to raise awareness of and increase participation in the federal Afterschool and Summer Meal Programs through the Cities Combating Hunger through Afterschool and Summer Meals (CHAMPs) Initiative. Mayors and... Read More ›

New Resource: Shared Use Clearinghouse

School districts and municipal organizations increasingly see shared use agreements (also called joint use agreements) as one of the most promising strategies to create opportunities for physical activity within a neighborhood or community. Making use of playgrounds, fields, and gymnasiums that would otherwise not be open after hours for basketball games, Zumba, yoga classes or... Read More ›

Grant Opportunity: US Soccer Foundation Safe Places to Play

The U.S. Soccer Foundation believes that every child deserves the opportunity to play soccer in a safe place. Urban areas often lack available space for children to play outside. In order to provide an opportunity for all children to play soccer, the U.S. Soccer Foundation has taken on the task of providing children across the nation with... Read More ›

Call for Applications: 2015 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize

If you live in a community that is transforming health across sectors, bringing stakeholders together to create opportunities for people to make healthy choices, and making real measurable impact, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) invites you to apply for the 2015 RWJF Culture of Health Prize. The RWJF Culture of Health Prize celebrates communities... Read More ›


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