*** December 19, 2013 *** Spotlight on Annapolis, MD: Kids and "Mids" Working Together by Jennifer Jennings of Annapolis Recreation and Parks and published by the National League of Cities.
The National League of Cities (NLC) awarded the City of Annapolis and Annapolis Recreation and Parks for its work with Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC). LMCTC is a major component of First Lady Michelle Obama’s comprehensive Let’s Move! initiative, which is dedicated to solving the childhood obesity epidemic within a generation. Check out the NLC community page for Annapolis and the medal standings of the U.S. municipalities involved with this program.
- Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals in Goal I: "Start Early, Start Smart"
For having an active inter-agency collaboration on early care and education programs.
- Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals in Goal II: "MyPlate, Your Place"
For prominently displaying MyPlate in 100% of municipally- or county-owned or operated venues that serve food and for registering as a MyPlate Community Partner.
- Bronze Medal in Goal III: "Smart Servings for Students"
For having at least 60% of public schools participating in the School Breakfast Program.
- Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals in Goal IV: "Model Food Service"
For having at least 30% of municipally- or county-owned or operated venues that serve food having implemented a policy for healthy and sustainable food service guidelines aligned with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
- Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals in Goal V: "Active Kids at Play"
For mapping all playspaces, completing a needs assessment of playspaces, developing an action plan, and launching at least three proven policies, programs, or initiatives from the action plan to continue to increase access to physical activity.
NLC recognized the mayors in the following cities:
- Columbia, PA and Farragut, TN for sites with populations less than 25,000 people
- Annapolis, MD and Casa Grande, AZ for sites for sites with populations between 25,000 and 49,999 people
- Meriden, CT; Mountain View, CA; and Somerville, MA for sites with populations between 50,000 and 99,999 people
- Norfolk, VA; Jackson, MS; and St. Petersburg, FL for sites with populations between 100,000 and 249,999
- Chicago, IL and Los Angeles, CA for sites with populations over 250,000 people