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HEAL Campaign Updates 
The HEAL Campaign is excited to welcome our newest summer intern, Cidney Robinson!    As the Research and Communications Intern, Cidney joined the HEAL Campaign to support communications and data monitoring on HEAL policy implementation. She'll be helping us gather information on how our Campaign members are implementing healthy eating and active living policies, practices, and programs in Maryland and Virginia - research that will help HEAL staff identify how we can better provide technical assistance to our cities and towns. Additional thanks goes to Cidney for helping our communications team gather resources for this month's newsletter!  Interested in learning more about the HEAL team? Read more on our  website.
Attention Virginia Cities & Towns! 
This fall the HEAL Campaign will recognize Virginia HEAL cities and towns at the Virginia  Municipal League (VML) Annual Conference in Hampton. The VML Annual Conference is an opportunity for the HEAL Campaign to recognize and promote local governments' HEAL achievements and new Campaign members. As cities and towns pass new HEAL policies, they can advance to higher levels of recognition - Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum.

To apply for a new recognition level, please complete your application by Monday, September 10th to be recognized at the upcoming VML Annual Conference. If you are applying to become a NEW HEAL city or town, please send in your application by Tuesday, September 4th as we need more time to coordinate with you in advance of the conference. 

For information and resources on HEAL policies and the recognition process, visit our website or contact our HEAL Campaign Manager Sydney Daigle at or 240-253-1036.   
Spotlight of the Month 
Glade Spring, Virginia - The Town of Glade Spring is using the  resources of their active residents to help drive new HEAL policies and practices forward. Read how this small town in Southwest, Virginia built a new farmers market and exercise trail with the help of the community. Read the full Spotlight article h ere.

Interested 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 202-747-3455.
Tools and Resources
Webinar | Act Fast: The Growing Call for Slower Speeds  - This webinar from America Walks will highlight how communities can advocate for better street design, slower speeds, and safer communities. Hear from leading experts on how you can put people first by lowering traffic speeds in your city or town. The webinar will be held on August 8, 2- 3 PM EST. Register here.
Podcast | Building Better Communities with Transit - Listen to this podcast from Smart Growth America on Building Better Communities with Transit. This episode discusses how form-based codes are used to support transit, and how a code can affect the streets around them. Listen here
Research | The Power of Greening Intervention -  A recent research report, published in JAMA Network Open, found that access to green space can reduce symptoms of depression. This research contributes to the growing research that shows how green space is a key component  to a healthy life and sustainable planet. Find more information in the NPR article Replacing Vacant Lots With Green Spaces Can Ease Depression in Urban Communities and City Lab feature The Healing Potential of Turning Vacant Lots Green
Resource | Bikeshare Planning Guide  - The Bikeshare Planning Guide compiles the knowledge, experience, and best practices gleaned from experts and leaders so that new and expanding bikeshare systems are positioned to succeed. Since the first edition was released in 2013, the world of bikeshare and dockless bikes has seen significant changes. Read the updated Bikeshare Planning Guide to help your city or town implement bikeshare systems that are safe, fair, and economically viable for your community. 
Updates | Baltimore Removes Sugary Drinks from Kids' Menus - Recently, the City of Baltimore became the first major city to remove sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) from kids menus - an initiative that thus far had only been enacted in a few western states. This is a significant move in helping kids in these communities reduce sugar consumption, a major contributor to rising childhood obesity rates. If your community is interested in helping your residents lower their consumption of SSB, check out this Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Playbook that includes ten strategies to reduce SSB consumption among residents.  
Resource | Making Strides - Safe Routes to School National Partnership recently released the 2018 State Report Cards - Making Strides: State Report Cards on Support for Walking, Bicycling, and Active Kids and Communities. This report look at state policy, focusing on four key areas: Complete Streets and Active Transportation, Safe Routes to School and Active Transportation Funding, Active Neighborhoods and Schools, and State Physical Activity Planning and Support. This how-to guide provides tips on how to use your state's report card. It sets out key points you can use in communicating the importance of state support for walking, biking, and physical activity, provides steps to consider in using the report card, and highlights ideas to inspire change in your state.
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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