Lincoln has been recognized as a "Spotlight Community" by the National League of Cities' (NLC) "Let's Move! Cities, Towns and Counties" initiative for its successful efforts to decrease childhood obesity locally. The NLC partners with First Lady Michelle Obama in the national Let's Move! Campaign.
As a result of the recognition, Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler has accepted an invitation from Michelle Obama to attend a celebration event Wednesday, July 10 at the White House. Mayor Beutler will also participate in a meeting with selected mayors who have been identified for their excellent work with the initiative.
Anna Wishart, Mayor Chris Beutler's spokesperson for the Let's Move! Initiative, made the announcement and shared information about the five medals presented to the City by NLC for achievements made in the five nutrition and physical activity goals of the initiative:
"Let's Move! is bringing more attention to the issue of obesity, especially childhood obesity, and I am honored to take an active role in highlighting the great things happening in Lincoln to help build a healthier community," said Wishart. "The citizens of this city can take great pride in local efforts being conducted to help ensure an active and healthy life for Lincoln's youth."
Examples and results of local Let's Move! efforts include:
In July 2012, Mayor Beutler signed-on Lincoln as the fifth city in Nebraska to become part of the Let's Move! Cities, Towns and Counties initiative.
Over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled and today, nearly one in three American children are overweight or obese. Lincoln's rates have reflected the national trend, however obesity rates are starting to decline.