The National League of Cities (NLC) has recognized the City of Allentown and Mayor Ed Pawlowski for their efforts and participation in Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC). LMCTC is a major component of First Lady Michelle Obama’s comprehensive Let’s Move! initiative, which is dedicated to solving the childhood obesity problem with this current generation of children.
Allentown was recognized for their recent completion of key health and wellness goals for this initiative, and received eight medals for action taken to improve access to healthy, affordable food and increased opportunities for physical activity.
“We support the First Lady’s Let’s Move! Initiative, and having children of my own, I’m very concerned about the health of our children in Allentown,” said Mayor Ed Pawlowski. “There is a national trend of unhealthy eating habits and lack of exercise due to TV and video games, so getting our kids to eat right and exercise should be a priority of every parent. It certainly is in my house.”
Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals were awarded in Goal I: Start Early, Start Smart. Among other key points, the city was recognized for having at least 70% of public schools participating in the School Breakfast Program, and at least 60% of public elementary and middle school students and at least 45% of high school students participating in the National School Lunch Program. Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals were also awarded in Goal V: Active Kids at Play.
The five goal areas are:
- Goal 1: Start Early, Start Smart: Promoting best practices for nutrition, physical activity, and screen time in early care and education settings
- Goal 2: My Plate, Your Place: Prominently displaying MyPlate in all municipal or county venues where food is served
- Goal 3: Smart Servings for Students: Increasing participation in school breakfast and lunch programs
- Goal 4: Model Food Service: Implementing healthy and sustainable food service guidelines that are aligned with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans
- Goal 5: Active Kids at Play: Increasing opportunities for physical activity
“I am proud to accept these awards on behalf of the city,” said Mayor Ed Pawlowski. “The city Health Bureau has worked in concert with our Parks Department and the Allentown School District and our private sector partners to reach key health and wellness goals for our children. We are working hard every day to reduce childhood obesity in the city and I am pleased that the National League of Cities recognizes our efforts.”
For more information about LMCTC and Allentown’s accomplishments, visit http://www.healthycommunitieshealthyfuture.org.