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This Month in Western City: New Gift Rules, HEAL Cities and Creating Healthy Communities

April 27, 2012

Don't miss these articles from the April issue of Western City.

  • Understanding Changes to the Gift Rules” — Familiarity with the gift rules is essential for local officials. Numerous changes to the gift regulations for public officials took effect Jan. 1, 2012. According to the Fair Political Practices Commission, the goal was to simplify the gift regulations and make them easier to understand, while reinforcing the principle that public officials may not use their positions for personal gain. This article covers highlights of these changes and offers additional resources.
  • Act Now to Create a Healthier Community” — As local officials, we grapple with a lot of challenging issues and tough situations, and we don’t always agree on the best thing to do. But once in a while we come across something that makes such good sense we can all agree on it. Cultivating a culture of better health for our communities and for our employees is a good example of something that we can all agree on — and we can take action to make it happen in our own backyards. Fostering healthier communities makes fiscal sense for local governments, businesses, families and individuals.
  • HEAL Cities Campaign Supports Healthy Communities” — Obesity and related diseases threaten the health of cities’ most vulnerable populations, particularly children and youth. As part of an effort to address obesity, California cities are participating in the Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Cities Campaign and adopting land-use, economic development and employee wellness policies that support health. HEAL offers workshops, technical assistance, model policies and a website to help cities become healthier places to live and work.

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