Category: Health and Wellness

Combatting A Nationwide Shortage of Affordable, Healthy Housing

Communities nationwide experience a critical shortfall of healthy, affordable housing. As people pay a greater portion of their paycheck to housing, there are more children in poverty, more people who don’t know where their next meal will come from, and more people in poor health. Data from the 2019 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps found

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14 Local Leaders Are Taking Action On Contaminated Drinking Water

PFAS substances are a group of man-made chemicals that were made and used in a variety of industries around the globe—and these chemicals are making their way into drinking water systems across the country, particularly in communities near military installations or industrial sites. 14 local leaders from the National League of Cities (NLC) Energy, Environment,

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A Growing Number of Cities are Concerned About Contaminated Drinking Water

From Florida to Washington and many communities in between, local officials are facing drinking water contamination from per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). More cities, towns and villages are now becoming aware of the contamination and there is growing concern across all levels of government regarding health risks and how to address the issue. PFAS substances are

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Cities Advancing Affordable Housing to Improve Health Outcomes

As cities around the country deal with local affordable housing shortages, mayors and council members are realizing the problem is much more complex than putting a new roof over people’s heads. Housing is now understood to be a vital determinant of a person’s success in life that affects health, access to education and upward mobility.

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How Small Cities Can Address Addiction

Too often people suffering with addiction end up entangled in the criminal justice system, as substance misuse and addiction continue to increase across the nation as cities grapple with how to tackle the epidemic. Small cities can face the daunting challenge of addressing similar rates of addiction with less resources than larger cities. In November at

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An Imperative for our Time: Defining and Supporting a Well-Being Agenda for Cities

This is guest post by Tyler Norris, chief executive of Well Being Trust. Across America, city leaders — not just mayors and other elected leaders, but also philanthropists, business owners and community organization professionals — know that promoting health and well-being is not just about having enough hospitals and doctors. Over the past three decades,

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Keeping the Holidays Fire Free

Every holiday season, municipal fire departments across the country respond to an average of 200 fires that start with a Christmas tree. In fact, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 30 percent of all home fires and 38 percent of home fire deaths occur during the months of December, January and February. While

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How Cities Can Step Up on Alzheimer’s: A 5-Step Agenda

This is a guest post by Maria Shriver, Founder, the Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement. At a time when Washington is gridlocked, cities are the places to get things done. Mayors and city councilmembers have stepped up to collaborate and solve real problems in the community – demonstrating democracy at its best. One of the biggest problems

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NLC Cities of Opportunity Pilot Promotes ‘Healthy People, Thriving Communities’

On any given day, city leaders confront a challenging array of issues. From the lack of affordable, stable housing for city residents to the need for reliable transportation and greater access to good-paying, high-quality jobs, mayors and city councilmembers have no shortage of pressing items on their list of priorities. These to-do lists reflect in

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Fort Wayne Tackles the Opioid Crisis

This is a guest post by Tom Henry, mayor of Fort Wayne, Indiana. As the second largest city in Indiana, Fort Wayne, is experiencing tremendous momentum, excitement and investments like never before. Fort Wayne has become a destination city, and people across the country are realizing that this is a great place to live, work and

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