The City of Gary is ranked #1 in the Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC) initiative and will be recognized this evening for achieving gold medals in all five Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC) goal areas. The National League of Cities (NLC) will recognize Gary, Indiana during the NLC’s City Summit being held this week in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson said, “We are pleased about the progress we have made to offer healthier choices for the children and youth of our community. We thank the National League of Cities for the assistance provided as we implement health conscious changes and commend First Lady Michelle Obama for the vision. Reaching this #1 distinction is an honor.”
LMCTC is a major component of First Lady Michelle Obama’s comprehensive Let’s Move! initiative to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic within a generation. More than 500 cities, towns and counties are participating in LMCTC, and 81 million Americans are now living in LMCTC communities.
“LMCTC is about ensuring children have everything they need to live healthier lives and fulfill their potential” said Dr. Karen DeSalvo, Acting Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Mayors, city council members, county commissioners and other local officials around the country are to be commended for stepping up to the challenge and making measurable progress in their efforts to improve children’s health.”
All LMCTC sites can earn up to five gold medals, one for each actionable goal to which they commit as part of the initiative. Medals are awarded to local elected officials based on their achievements in areas such as providing healthy school meals, opportunities for physical activity during and outside of school, and healthier early care and education programs. Since September 2017, NLC has awarded 3,243 bronze, silver, and gold medals to local elected officials across the country to recognize their LMCTC progress.
This year, Gary joins an elite group of 92 cities and counties that have earned gold medals in each of the five goal areas.
“This administration is proud of the work local elected officials are doing in communities across the country to raise a healthier next generation” said Jerry Abramson, Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs. “And it can’t stop now. We need champions at every level that are committed to this work long-term and will continue to create impactful change as these communities have shown is possible.”