Cities play a central role in reversing the trend toward sedentary behavior and high-calorie diets, both contributors to obesity and other chronic diseases. City land-use decisions around planning, zoning, and infrastructure investment directly affect residents’ health influencing access to everyday physical activity such as walking and biking, availability of open space for recreation, and access to healthy food.
The Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Cities Campaign, funded by Kaiser Permanente and other partners, supports cities in their efforts to improve the physical environment and give residents more opportunities to be physically active and eat healthful foods. The program builds awareness among city officials about the role of the physical environment in promoting healthy habits and provides them with an array of practical support in adopting and implementing city policies that make it easier for residents to engage in healthy behaviors.
The HEAL Cities Campaign is a result of partnership between the League of California Cities and the California Center for Public Health Advocacy. With its successful adoption in over 80 cities across California, the campaign is currently expanding to other regions across the country.
The HEAL Cities Campaign has encouraged many cities to pass policies and resolutions that support healthy eating and active living. Scores of cities across California have adopted obesity prevention resolutions and policies related to land use, access to healthy food, and/or employee wellness.
Visit the HEAL Cities Campaign website to learn more.