Piqua ranks top in health initiative


By Sam Wildow - [email protected]



Goals for Let’s Move! initiative

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 elected officials based on their achievements in each of the following five goal areas:

* Goal I: Start Early, Start Smart: Promoting best practices for nutrition, physical activity, and screen time in early care and education settings.

* Goal II: My Plate, Your Place: Prominently displaying MyPlate in all municipal or county venues where food is served.

* Goal III: Smart Servings for Students: Expanding access to meal programs before, during and after the school day, and/or over summer months.

* Goal IV: Model Food Service: Implementing healthy and sustainable food service guidelines that are aligned with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

* Goal V: Active Kids at Play: Increasing opportunities for physical activity.

PIQUA — The National League of Cities (NLC) recognized Piqua Mayor Kathryn “Kazy” Hinds and the city of Piqua for completing key health and wellness goals for Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC).

“Thanks to your dedication to the health and wellness of your community, the city of Piqua is part of a nationwide movement that supports health in cities, towns and counties across the United States,” said National League of Cities President Melodee Colbert-Kean, councilmember and former mayor of Joplin, Mo. “By improving access to healthy foods and creating opportunities for physical fitness, you are helping to create a healthier future for our nation’s children.”

LMCTC is a component of First Lady Michelle Obama’s comprehensive Let’s Move! initiative to help kids grow up healthy and active. LMCTC works closely with local elected officials nationwide to adopt policies that improve access to healthy affordable food and opportunities for physical activity for their constituents across five goal areas.

“This is something that Michelle Obama kind of brought into play as the First Lady, and a lot of it was started when Lucy (Fess) was still mayor,” Hinds said. “A lot of what already happened, happened under Lucy’s tenure.”

Hinds explained that Development Program Manager Nikki Reese and she worked together to see what the city needed to do to complete wellness goals for LMCTC. Hinds said that they found the city was already doing many of the goals.

“It’s really exciting because these were things we were already doing as a city,” Hinds said.

The city of Piqua received a gold medal for each of the five LMCTC goals and is now ranked #1 in the country among the 522 communities participating in LMCTC. These gold medals were awarded to the city of Piqua for action taken to improve access to healthy affordable food and increase opportunities for physical activity. These medals were awarded because of the city’s achievements in developing play spaces and programs that encourage physical activity and promoting healthy food programs for the community’s youth.

“Active lifestyles are important for all citizens here in Piqua, and I am proud of all that we are currently doing within our city that has been recognized by the ‘Let’s Move’ initiative that focuses on keeping our children active,” Hinds said. “Physical fitness and health is something I believe very strongly in … Just keeping our kids active has always been very near and dear to my heart.”

“We are striving to do our best as a city to ensure that our children, residents, and city employees will have a healthy future by encouraging healthy eating habits and staying physically active,” said Piqua City Manager Gary Huff. “We are accomplishing this through various avenues such as the ‘Backpack Program’ which is sponsored by the City of Piqua’s GIVE (Generosity, Involvement, and Volunteerism by Employees) Program, Safe Routes to School, Piqua Activity Day, Cyclovia, and the numerous bike trails that the City maintains.”

“I think it just shows that we as a city are very focused on health,” Hinds said, adding the community knows what it means to take care of their health.

Some of the different things Hinds mentioned that the community is doing included the Safe Routes to School program, the Kiwanis Club’s Bike Rodeo, and the Run Club at Piqua Central Intermediate School.

“I just think it’s so important to get our kids active,” Hinds said.

By Sam Wildow

[email protected]

Goals for Let’s Move! initiative

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 elected officials based on their achievements in each of the following five goal areas:

* Goal I: Start Early, Start Smart: Promoting best practices for nutrition, physical activity, and screen time in early care and education settings.

* Goal II: My Plate, Your Place: Prominently displaying MyPlate in all municipal or county venues where food is served.

* Goal III: Smart Servings for Students: Expanding access to meal programs before, during and after the school day, and/or over summer months.

* Goal IV: Model Food Service: Implementing healthy and sustainable food service guidelines that are aligned with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

* Goal V: Active Kids at Play: Increasing opportunities for physical activity.

Reach Sam Wildow at [email protected] or (937) 451-3336

Reach Sam Wildow at [email protected] or (937) 451-3336

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