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I am proud to announce the Move Long Beach physical fitness and health initiative.
Tonight, the City Council will consider two legislative items that offer an opportunity to improve the health and well-being of our City. Move Long Beach, a physical fitness initiative inspired by First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move Campaign, would organize the city's physical fitness and healthy activities into the city's mobility element of the general plan.
This would ensure that the city's master planning document contains a focus on physical wellness and health. It would also create an online resource for residents to learn about all of the great health events and opportunities in the city.
The Press-Telegram reported last year that an estimated 31% of Long Beach fifth graders, 25% of seventh graders and 21% of ninth graders were obese. We need to promote and encourage healthy lifestyles and wellness.
As part of the Move Long Beach initiative, we will also be hosting a series of fitness events throughout the year, and inviting the community to join us.
In addition, to show my commitment to physical activity this year, I have agreed to participate in some of our best local athletic events, including the Long Beach Marathon, Triathlon, Turkey Trot and Bike Tour.
Also Tuesday, Council will consider the Healthy Environment Active Living Cities (HEAL Cities) Resolution, a project of the California League of Cities and the California Center for Public Health Advocacy. The HEAL Resolution sets policy goals for the City that will encourage a healthful lifestyle, which has the potential not only to improve the well-being of our community, but also to save untold resources in lost productivity and medical costs that result from poor nutrition and lack of exercise.
The Move Long Beach initiative and the HEAL Resolution are important steps in addressing our community's challenges with obesity and other health issues. I'm thankful to my colleagues Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal and Councilmembers James Johnson and Steve Neal for cosponsoring these measures. They have been incredible health advocates for Long Beach.
Read more about Move Long Beach in today's Long Beach Press Telegram, this week's Gazette, or the Long Beach Post.
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