HEALTHY EATING – ACTIVE LIVING CITIES & TOWNS CAMPAIGN
The Institute for Public Health Innovation is leading an initiative called the Healthy Eating-Active Living (HEAL) Cities & Towns Campaign in strategic partnership with the Virginia Municipal League and Maryland Municipal League. The HEAL Cities & Towns Campaign for the Mid-Atlantic is funded by Kaiser Permanente and is part of a growing national campaign that is currently taking place in California, Oregon and Colorado. The HEAL Cities & Towns Campaign supports cities and towns in Virginia and Maryland in creating healthier communities by adopting policies that foster active living and healthy eating.
The conditions in which we live, learn, work, play and age have a profound impact on how healthy we will be over the course of our lives. Our day-to-day routines are influenced by our environments. HEAL policies and practices affect livability and prosperity by improving both physical environments and the fiscal health of a community. The HEAL Cities & Towns Campaign actively supports government leaders to adopt and implement local policies and practices that create environments that promote healthy eating and physical activity, in order to help make the healthier choice the easier choice for residents and municipal employees.
Several staff members have formed a committee to review the information from the HEAL Cities &Towns Campaign in an effort to bring this program to Cape Charles. A work session will be scheduled with the Town Council in early 2018 to review the program with them and to obtain their support of the program. The town will also be reaching out to partner with a number of other organizations to promote Healthy Eating-Active Living in the town and surrounding areas.