Currently, 39 cities across the state have adopted policies and systems that promote access to healthy, affordable foods, convenient access to opportunities for physical activity and recreation, and workplace wellness for municipal employees. These policies set the framework for healthy, prosperous communities where people live, work, and play.
Role of City Agencies
City government plays an important role in the health of its residents. Cities that build environments that promote social, mental, and physical health help make the healthy choice the easy choice. People make healthier choices when healthy options are accessible, affordable, attractive, and convenient. By expanding options for healthy eating and active living around the places Oregonians live, work, play, shop, go to school, and worship, a city can help fight the epidemic of weight-related illness. Prevention is always cheaper and more effective than any medical treatment.
The HEAL Cities Campaign promotes policies that lead to equitable health outcomes and support the overall well-being of all families and businesses, especially those in neighborhoods with the greatest health disparities.
As a leader, you have a pretty good idea of how your city could be healthier. Let us help you improve the environment for health in your community. You can:
- Browse our menu of HEAL POLICIES in Land Use & Transportation, Access to Healthy Food Options, Shared Use, and Workplace Wellness, or pick something off our Top 10 list.
- Join the HEAL Cities Campaign.
- Ask for free Technical Assistance and learn what Other Jurisdictions are doing
- Find tools that will work for you on the Toolkits page,
- Learn more at upcoming Webinars and Trainings under the EVENTS tab.
- Sign up here for news, funding opportunities, and other information regarding the HEAL Cities Campaign
Watch how Cities can play a role in building healthier environments:
The HEAL Cities Campaign is a joint project between the Oregon Public Health Institute and the League of Oregon Cities, with generous funding from Kaiser Permanente.