Author: Alyia Gaskins

Why Cities Must Keep Equity a Central Focus in Building a Culture of Health

“Economic development is integral to having a healthy community. If we can address the economic issues in our neighborhoods, we can help people live healthier lifestyles.” – Mayor Mark Holland, Kansas City, Kansas This post was co-authored by Alyia Gaskins and Stephanie Boarden. Where you live determines your health as well as your proximity to

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Mayors Nationwide Are Focused on Improving the Health and Vitality of Cities

“The cost to business, the healthcare industry, and our communities makes fitness not only a personal and humanitarian issue, but also an economic imperative.” The National League of Cities’ State of the Cities 2016 Report found that mayors across the country from cities of all sizes are taking action to ensure that residents have the

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5 Things Mayors Can Do to Create Healthier Communities

NLC’s new report, Addressing Health Disparities in Cities: Lessons from the Field, provides lessons learned and examples of actions that mayors and other city leaders  are taking to intentionally address childhood obesity-related health disparities. Baton Rouge, Louisiana Mayor-President Melvin L. “Kip” Holden and a young Baton Rouge resident ride bikes together at a Healthy Baton

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