The National League of Cities has recognized Hoffman Estates for its recent completion of key health and wellness goals for Let's Move! Cities, Towns and Counties, a major component of first lady Michelle Obama's comprehensive Let's Move! initiative, dedicated to solving the childhood obesity epidemic within a generation.
The village was awarded bronze and silver medals in "Goal I: Start Early, Start Smart," for action taken to improve access to healthy affordable food, and increase opportunities for physical activity.
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Specifically, Hoffman Estates was recognized for promoting participation in Let's Move! Child Care among early care and education providers, and for having an active interagency collaboration on early care and education programs.
"The village's Department of Health and Human Services plays a critical role in addressing childhood obesity in Hoffman Estates," said Mayor William D. McLeod. "Working collaboratively with the Hoffman Estates Park District, our staff strives to prevent disease and illness among all of our residents.
"Additionally, the department provides vaccinations, mental health services and educational programs that focus on the well-being of the community."
The League of Cities works with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the National Association of Counties, and other nonprofit organizations in assisting local elected officials to implement policy and environmental changes to prevent childhood obesity. More than 330 cities, towns and counties are participating in Let's Move! Cities, Towns and Counties.
For information, visit www.healthycommunitieshealthyfuture.org. To learn more about the services offered by Health and Human Services, visit www.hoffmanestates.org/hhs.