Healthy Eating Active Living Campaign (HEAL) Cities Campaign
The Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Cities Campaign helps city officials adopt policies to improve their cities’ physical activity and retail food environments. The Campaign focuses on three policy areas that were selected by city officials themselves: land use, healthy food and workplace wellness. Since 2008, one third of California’s cities, home to more than 10 million residents, have joined the Campaign by adopting HEAL resolutions and policies. The Campaign is a partnership with the League of California Cities, and has begun expanding across the country.
HOW IT WORKS
The HEAL Cities Campaign website, workshops, webinars and coaching support city officials to use municipal policy to create safe places to walk, bike and play, plan for mixed use neighborhoods that include supermarkets and farmers markets, support community gardens and urban agriculture, reduce consumption of sugary beverages, and support a healthy workplace for their employees.
Together with Kaiser Permanente and Keenan & Associates, we have launched the Cities for Workforce Health Initiative to help cities develop successful workforce wellness programs and policies.
ACROSS THE COUNTRY
The California HEAL Cities Campaign is the model for HEAL Campaigns in the Mid-Atlantic states of Maryland and Virginia, the Northwest states of Oregon and Southern Washington, and the state of Colorado. CCPHA staff support these projects through training, coaching and peer networking, and a website. All are funded by their regional Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit program and all work closely with Let’s Move Cities Towns and Counties and its partners, the National League of Cities and the Department of Health and Human Services.
CONTACT US FOR MORE INFORMATION
Charlotte Dickson, MSW, Campaign Director
Kanat Tibet, Local Policy Specialist
Danielle DeRuiter-Williams, MA, Policy Associate