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

Spotlight on North Little Rock, Arkansas: “Fit 2 Live”

By Bernadette Rhodes, Fit 2 Live Coordinator, City of North Little Rock, Ark. North Little Rock, Arkansas is in the fourth year of its City and School District-led Fit 2 Live initiative, launched to address the city’s child and adult obesity problem. More than one in three children in North Little Rock are overweight or... Read More ›

New Report: Vending Contradictions–Snack and Beverage Options on Public Property

A first-of-its-kind national study of 853 vending machines on 260 state and local public properties found that the machines were stocked primarily with unhealthy food and beverage options such as soda, candy, chips, cookies, snack cakes, and other sweet baked goods. The study, released recently by the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest... Read More ›

Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties has gone Nationwide!

This post originally appeared on www.letsmove.gov. By Tracy Wiedt, Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties Program Manager, National League of Cities Thirty nine percent of children ages 2 to 19 are either overweight or obese and more than one-in-ten children becomes obese as early as ages 2 to 5. These health conditions not only impact... Read More ›

Upcoming Webinar: Incorporating Let’s Move! Active Schools in your Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties Efforts

Date: Tuesday, October 28th Time: 3:00-4:00 pm EST Register here. Let’s Move! Active Schools is a comprehensive program that empowers school champions – P.E. teachers, classroom teachers, principals, administrators, and parents – to create active environments that enable all students to get moving and reach their full potential. Similar to Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC), Let’s... Read More ›

LMCTC Awards Ceremony, Nov 20th in Austin, Texas

On November 20th from 3:30 to 5:00 pm, the National League of Cities will host a special celebration event recognizing the achievements of Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC) participants and bestowing special recognition on communities that have achieved five gold medals. This celebration event will take place in Austin, Texas, in conjunction with NLC’s annual... Read More ›

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