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Inaugural Class of HEAL Cities & Towns Recognized

IPHI Recognizes 22 HEAL Cities and Towns in Maryland and Virginia

HEAL Cities & Towns have publicly recognized, through adoption of a resolution or policy that municipalities have a role to play in creating a community where residents and municipal employees can make healthy decisions about nutrition and physical activity.

To date, 22 cities and towns from across Maryland and Virginia have joined the Campaign, including:  Bel Air (MD), Bladensburg (MD), Colmar Manor (MD), College Park (MD), Cottage City (MD), Charlottesville (VA), Crewe (VA), Dumfries (VA), Edmonston (MD), Forest Heights (MD), Gaithersburg (MD), Greenbelt (MD), Haymarket (VA), Leesburg (VA), Lovettsville (VA), Middleburg (VA), Petersburg (VA), Salisbury (MD), Somerset (MD), Staunton (VA), Sykesville (MD) Williamsburg (VA). (See map of HEAL Cities & Towns below.)

These municipalities have taken advantage of resources made available to them through the HEAL Cities & Towns Campaign, including: quarterly webinars, technical workshops, and staff assistance with policy development and implementation.

June was a big month for the HEAL Cities & Towns Campaign. On June 10, 2014, IPHI’s Marisa Jones had the opportunity to speak before Maryland’s local elected officials to present plaques recognizing the Inaugural Class of HEAL Cities & Towns in Maryland at the Maryland Municipal League Annual Convention.

Also at the Maryland Municipal League Convention, the HEAL Cities & Towns Campaign led two workshops. The first was a mobile session on walking meetings, answering: what are they? How can they promote the fiscal and physical health of municipalities? The second workshop highlighted the Economic and Health Benefits of Walkable, Bikeable Communities, and featured Maryland examples provided by Mayor Randy McClement, Frederick, MD, Councilwoman Nicole Wagoner, Cumberland, MD, and Matt Drew, Bike Salisbury. To view each presenter’s slides, please click on their name.