Three California cities were among the 23 nationwide that have completed all five of the initiative’s goals: Fontana, Palm Springs and Rancho Cucamonga.
With efforts led by Mayor Acquanetta Warren, the city of Fontana partners with the Fontana Unified School District to provide children with access to free lunches and snacks throughout the summer, serving over 119,000 healthy summer meals and snacks. Free physical activity and nutrition programs are offered throughout the city at Summer Food Program sites. Training for childcare facility staff is offered yearly to ensure proper nutrition and daily physical activity to develop healthy lifelong habits for infants and toddlers.
Palm Springs focuses on fitness for the benefit of residents, tourists, visitors and businesses. In Palm Springs people experience a bike and pedestrian-friendly community that has developed city-sponsored health and wellness programs including hiking, running, swimming and biking events held year round. The city of Palm Springs partners with local schools, community groups, neighborhood associations, service organizations and many not-for-profits including Desert Healthcare Foundation and the Clinton Foundation to promote health and wellness for people of all ages.
In Rancho Cucamonga, Mayor L. Dennis Michael and the City Council incorporated LMCTC as part of Healthy Rancho Cucamonga (Healthy RC), a comprehensive, community-driven initiative dedicated to encouraging healthy and sustainable lifestyles. Through a Health-In-All-Policies approach, the city has adopted several innovative strategies to increase access to healthy food and physical activity including a Complete Streets Policy ranked top 10 in the nation, a Community Gardens Policy that modified zoning to include all residential areas and waived city fees. The city has developed leadership programs for youth and adults to build their capacity by providing them with the skills and resources they need to participate in the policymaking process.
LMCTC is a major component of First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move!
initiative to ensure that kids can grow up healthy. LMCTC works closely with local elected officials nationwide to improve access to healthy affordable food and opportunities for physical activity across five goal areas.
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