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Stay Active!
#National Walking Day
2018 MML Application
Spotlight of the Month
Tools & Resources
Funding Opportunity
About Us
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Need More Motivation to Stay Active? 
Spring is here and we're ready to kick off those winter boots and lace up our sneakers. While we hope the HEAL Newsletter has helped you find resource and tools to keep you and your community active this winter, we know there's nothing like warm weather and sunshine to inspire folks to take that walk, run, or stretch break. However, i f the warmer weather isn't enough, find some inspiration from a new report from the Department of Health and Human Services'  Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee. The Report  highlights how eating better and moving more can reduce your risk of disease and provide many other benefits like better sleep, reduced anxiety, and improved performance on everyday tasks. While our HEAL cities and towns may be one step ahead of the Advisory Committee, it's always great to hear new guidelines reinforcing our commitment to healthy eating and active living. Find the full report and a summary of the finding here
Happy National Walking Day! 
Don't forget that TODAY is National Walking Day! National Walking Day is a part of Move More Month, an initiative of the American Heart Association to  celebrate physical activity and encourage communities to stay active and move more. The American Heart Association is helping you celebrate by providing a free toolkit of educational and promotional materials to help individuals, communities, schools, and workplaces celebrate. Register here for the toolkit .
ICYMI: 2018 Application for MD Cities & Towns
This is a reminder to all our Maryland municipalities -  Don't forget to apply for recognition at the upcoming  Maryland Municipal League (MML) Summer Conference in Ocean City. The HEAL Campaign wants to recognize all the hard work you've been doing throughout this past year to make your communities healthier environments for residents and staff to live, work, and play.

Cities or towns applying for a new recognition level should complete an application by Friday, May 25th. If you are applying to become a NEW HEAL city or town, please send in your application by Monday, May 21st as we need more time to prepare your new member plaque in time for the conference.  Find the application here! 
Spotlight of the Month 
New Carrollton, Maryland -
The City of New Carrollton has focused on employee wellness as a means of modeling healthy behavior change throughout the community. Read about the City's efforts to implement healthy events and vending standards. Find the article here.

I nterested in having your city or town featured in an  upcoming Spotlight article? Please send a request to Julia Groenfeldt, HEAL Program and Communications Associate, at or 202747-3455.  
Tools and Resources
Let's Go for A Walk: A Toolkit for Planning and Conducting a Walk Audit - This toolkit provides simple steps to help you and your community conduct a walking audit. Resources include a sample one page school neighborho od walk audit, general walk audit, and chart of walk audit tools. Find the resource  here.
Webinar | A Regional Comprehensive Approach to Food Access - This webinar will share an overview of The Food Trust's regional comprehensive strategy and highlight its key components through a case study of the Food Access Raises Everyone (FARE) Project in Cleveland/Cuyahoga County. The webinar is for individuals interested in improving food access in their community, city, or region. The webinar will be held on April 17th at 1:30 PM EST. Find more information and registration here
Webinar |  Making the Case for Transit - Learn how to advocate for more walkable communities where all members have walkable access to schools, worksites, playgrounds, and more. Featuring successful resources, programs, and campaigns, this webinar will help you take a step towards improving walkability in your community. Speakers include Meg Fencil, Program Director at Sustain Charlotte, Sally Flocks, founding President and CEO of PEDS, Kirk Hovenkotter, National Netowrk Coordinator at TransitCenter, and Nora Kern, Executive Director of Walk Bike Nashville. The webinar will be held on April 11th at 2 PM EST. Register for the webinar here.
Webinar | Teaming Up for Urban Forestry: New Tools to Build and Energize Local Sustainability Efforts - This webinar explores the resources available to help policymakers and municipal leaders understand how urban forests can drive progress towards smart growth and sustainability. The webinar features Laurence D. Wiseman of CenterLine Strategy and the founding president and CEO of American Forest Foundation, Ian Leahy of American Forests and Lauren Marshall of the U.S. Forest Service. Find the webinar recording here. 
Funding Opportunity
Bloomberg Philanthropies Art Challenge -  Bloomberg Philanthropies is awarding  up to $1 million to selected US cities interested in developing temporary public art projects that have the potential for positive impact within their city. Applications are due on April 19, 2018. Find more information here .
About Us
HEAL is a project of the Institute for Public Health Innovation in  partnership with the Maryland and Virginia Municipal Leagues and funded by Kaiser Permanente, founding partner.

For more information on the HEAL Cities & Towns Campaign, p lease visit the website at or contact HEAL Campaign Associate, Julia Groenfeldt at
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