TheHEAL Cities Campaign is a partnership between the League of Oregon Cities and the Oregon Public Health Institute, made possible with generous support from Kaiser Permanente.

The HEAL Cities Campaign is a resource to help civic leaders create healthy communities. We know what works: city policies that expand options for every person to by physically active and to have affordable and convenient access to wholesome foods, as well as policies that build a culture of wellness for municipal employees. Several Oregon cities already have some policies supporting healthy options such as bike lanes, community gardens, and city employee health incentives.

The HEAL Cities Campaign invites every city to take the next step towards improved community health and livability. The Campaign has three components.

First, it educates about the impact our built environment and food environment have on our health.

Secondly, the Campaign is a resource for cities to use to in reviewing all the options available to help improve community health. Campaign staff have compiled a library of model policies and best practices in use by cities around the country to create more options for active living, healthy eating, and workplace wellness.

Third, because each city is unique, the Campaign provides free technical assistance to help each city identify, adopt and implement the HEAL policies that are right for its community. Drawing on the expertise of Campaign partners in the other four states, the Oregon Public Health Institute and the League of Oregon Cities, the Campaign is well-prepared to help your city adopt and implement the healthy eating and physical activity options it offers.

For more information, contact Karli Thorstenson at karli@ophi.org.

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