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The City Of Orlando Awarded Medals Recognizing
Achievements in Addressing Childhood Obesity through Let’s Move! Cities,
Towns and Counties
December 18, 2012 - Orlando, Florida – In November, the
National League of Cities (NLC) recognized the City of Orlando for
recent completion of key health and wellness goals for 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 epidemic within a generation.
“We applaud local elected officials in the City of Orlando for stepping
up to the challenge of Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties and making
measurable progress in their efforts to improve children’s health,” said
NLC President Ted Ellis, mayor of Bluffton, IN.
Four medals were awarded to the City of Orlando for action taken to
improve access to healthy affordable food and increase opportunities for
"The City of Orlando is honored for this recognition for our committed
to providing our children with opportunities that foster a healthier
future,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “Through partnerships like this,
our community continues to work together to encourage positive, healthy,
and physically active lifestyles that benefit Orlando youths.”
All LMCTC sites have the opportunity to earn up to five gold medals, one
for each actionable goal they commit to as part of the initiative. 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
• 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
• Goal 5: Active Kids at Play: Increasing opportunities for physical
The NLC is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities.
Working in partnership with the 49 state municipal leagues, NLC serves
as a resource to and an advocate for the more than 19,000 cities,
villages and towns it represents.
More than 160 cities, towns and counties are participating in LMCTC. NLC
awarded 541 medals to local elected officials across the country,
recognizing these leaders for their progress in adopting long-term,
sustainable, and holistic policies that improve communities’ access to
healthy affordable food and opportunities for physical activity.
For more information about LMCTC and the City Of Orlando’s
accomplishments, visit www.healthycommunitieshealthyfuture.org.