Ready - Set - Live Well
Live Well Is ImportantLocal city government can have the most impact on citizen's lives than any other level of government. Some of the contributing environmental factors to the obesity epidemic include streets and neighborhoods that force one to use a car or bus rather than walking, lack of access to safe, convenient parks and recreational spaces, easy availability of non-nutritious food, and cutbacks in school physical education programs. These factors often thwart even the best intentions of families and individuals. Tackling the obesity epidemic becomes a much greater problem than merely the sheer force of individual will change.
A city is in the unique position to approve local land use policies that support a healthy lifestyle. For example, adding sidewalks or bike routes to schools and parks, and creating pedestrian friendly design strategies in urban areas. Cities can partner with schools to enhance recreational opportunities, as well as provide their own programming and facilities. In addition, cities can promote access to healthy food such as farmers markets and community gardens.
La Mesa Community Wellness Program
View the history of the city supporting wellness in the community.
Who Is Involved in Live Well
Why should local government be involved in Live Well?
The National League of Cities recommends local elected officials can help combat childhood obesity by "promoting healthy lifestyles that encourage physical activity and good nutrition." While there are no "quick fixes," city officials can stimulate and shape local initiatives, promote collaboration across organizations and programs, and support effective programming that improves the health of the nation's children and youth.
Why should schools be involved in Live Well?
According to the Department of Education, poor nutrition and physical inactivity are factors that contribute to obesity, and they are also closely linked to student achievement and overall success in the school environment. Studies have firmly connected fitness and healthy weight to higher test scores. Self-esteem and behavior problems are also linked to obesity in students, and are probably among the factors that undermine achievement.
Why should the local community be involved in Live Well?
In addition to reducing the incidence of overweight and obesity among the residents of La Mesa, our efforts will create a healthier environment in the city by generating:
- Leadership in healthy living - Healthier behaviors will be easier to start and maintain because they will be built into community design.
- A model and legacy - Children will grow up in a place that promotes their health and well-being.
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