Burien has officially become a â€œLetâ€™s Move Cityâ€ by committing to the obesity prevention initiative launched by First Lady Michelle Obama, the city announced on Wednesday, March 25. The City Council passed a resolution on March 16 to join the National League of Cities (NLC) and the Sound Cities Association in the national and regional effort known as â€œLetâ€™s Move Cities, Towns and Countiesâ€ (LMCTC). This campaign focuses on key health and wellness goals to ensure that kids can grow up healthy. LMCTC works closely with local governments nationwide to adopt policies that improve access to healthy affordable food and opportunities for physical activity for their residents across five goal areas. â€œWe congratulate Burien for your dedication to building a healthier community for children and families,â€ said NLC President Ralph Becker, Mayor of Salt Lake City, Utah. â€œThrough the tireless leadership and action of local elected officials in cities, towns and counties across the country, we hope to see continued progress in reversing Americaâ€™s epidemic of childhood obesity.â€ All LMCTC sites have the opportunity to earn up to five gold medals, one for each actionable goal to which they commit to as part of the initiative. Medals are awarded to local governments based on their achievements in each of the following five goal areas:
- Incorporating best practices for nutrition, physical activity and screen time into early child care and education.
- Encouraging the prominent display of the MyPlate symbol in municipal venues where food is served (more at www.ChooseMyPlate.gov).
- Encouraging participation in the school breakfast and lunch program.
- Implementing healthy food service guidelines in municipal venues that serve food.
- Encouraging programs and policies aimed at increasing physical activity and access to healthy play spaces.