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This month's newsletter includes four opportunities to register for upcoming healthy eating active living events in February and March:

Sponsored by the Institute for Public Health Innovation

Healthy Vending: A Low-Cost Strategy to Improve Community Health - a Workshop
Thursday, February 12 @ 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM EST

College Park City Council
4500 Knox Road
College Park, MD 20740

Across Maryland, Virginia, and the United States, cities, towns, and counties are taking action to make it easier for families, employees, and children to make healthier choices
 at work, at play, and on the go! 

By adopting a Healthy Vending policy, your community can ensure that people are able to make healthy choices about nutrition when at City Hall, a recreation center, or public library. 

This workshop is tailored to guide you step-by-step through the process of adopting and implementing a healthy vending policy in your community. Whether you have 150 vending machines or 1 vending machine, you will leave this workshop with the tools you need to adopt and implement a Healthy Vending policy in your jurisdiction: sample nutrition standards, policy templates, action plans, step-by-step guides, case studies, access to experts, and more!

This workshop is intended for Parks and Recreation directors and staff, Purchasing/Procurement directors and staff, workplace wellness committee members, Human Resources directors and staff, City Managers/Administrators, elected officials, building managers, and health advocates in Maryland and Virginia's cities, towns, and counties. 


This workshop is sponsored by the HEAL Cities & Towns Campaign for the Mid-Atlantic and the Maryland Recreation and Parks Association. CEUs are pending. Coffee and lunch will be served. 

Food Policy and Regional Food Systems: Opportunities for Networking across Jurisdictions 
hosted by the Institute for Public Health Innovation and Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future
Wednesday, February 11 @ 1:00 -2:15 PM EST


Where does your local food policy council fit within the regional food system? Would you like to play a stronger role in both your locality and at a regional level but not sure how? Functioning with limited resources and volunteer members, it can often be easiest for a food policy council to concentrate locally. By understanding the role of local food policy councils within the context of a regional food system, groups can network across geographies to maximize impact and effectiveness of policy changes.


During this webinar, expert panelists will address a number of big picture questions local food policy councils have about regional food systems, including:

  • The role of local food policy councils within a regional network
  • When is it beneficial to connect across a region
  • How to determine your "region" and what to do when definitions vary
  • Best practices and challenges to organizing and building regional networks, including resources and infrastructure needed
These issues will be addressed to show participants how networking across jurisdictions can positively influence food system change. The webinar will also include time for participant Q&A.
Other Upcoming Events

Elected Officials Walk the Walk
the first in a series of free webinars hosted by America Walks
Thursday, February 5 @ 2:00 - 3:00 PM EST

Based on America Walks' recently published case studies, this webinar will feature three local elected officials who have used their status as political leaders to advance walking and walkability. Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett, Columbia, MO City Councilwoman Barbara Hoppe, and former Arlington County Board Member Chris Zimmerman will describe their personal success stories, which include reducing neighborhood speed limits and inspiring citizens of one community to start exercising and lose a combined one million pounds.



Celebrate the top Complete Streets policies of 2014 - an online event hosted by Smart Growth America's National Complete Streets Coalition
Tuesday, February 10 @ 1:00 - 2:00 PM EST

Complete Streets policies-including laws, resolutions, executive orders, policies and planning and design documents-encourage and provide safe access to destinations for everyone, regardless of age, ability, income, ethnicity or how they travel. 


Celebrate this past year's best policies and to hear how communities everywhere can create streets that are safer and more convenient for everyone who uses them.



Lessons from the Experts: 10 First Steps to Walkability - part of a series of free webinars hosted by America Walks
Monday, March 9 @ 1:00 - 2:00 PM EST

Join celebrated speaker and walkability expert Mark Fenton for a rapid-fire review of best practices for those beginning to build more walkable communities. Many communities are overwhelmed by the apparent technical challenges and cost of making themselves more walkable. But there are compelling, cost efficient, often simple approaches that are ideal first steps. Based on a series of interviews with some of the most experienced and successful walkable community advocates and implementers in the United States, this webinar reveals starter-strategies that have been shown to work, and why! 

Welcome to Two New Cities!
Both the cities of Bowie, MD and Richmond, VA have ushered in the new year with a commitment to building healthier, prosperous communities, and represent the 32nd and 33rd municipalities, respectively, to join the campaign.

In its HEAL Resolution, Bowie commits to developing standards to ensure healthy eating options are available in all City vending machines, and encouraging and allowing walking meetings when possible. The City also resolves to seize opportunities to design roads that support multiple modes of transportation.

The City of Richmond has resolved to promote and encourage healthy food retailers to establish grocery and convenience stores through the City's business license incentive program, and to establish guidelines designed to encourage City employees to engage in physical activity during the work day, including walking meetings.

The HEAL Cities, Towns, & Counties Campaign for the Mid-Atlantic now reaches over 925,000 residents of Maryland and Virginia's cities and towns.
HEAL Now Accepts Counties to the Campaign
The HEAL Cities & Towns Campaign is now the HEAL Cities, Towns, and Counties Campaign of the Mid-Atlantic. We are excited to accept counties into the campaign - will yours be the first? All counties are are eligible to adopt the same policies and receive free technical assistance. For additional support, please visit our website, or email me at mjones@institutephi.org. 


Marisa Jones
HEAL Cities, Towns & Counties