Category: Health and Wellness

Healthy Cities Start With Healthy Babies

Right now, one of the fastest-growing companies in history is selecting the location for its second headquarters — and nearly every city in America wants to be considered. Though we do not know what city Amazon will pick, there are some distinguishing qualities likely to make cities more desirable. Here’s a hint: It’s more than

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How Cities and Anchor Institutions Can Work Together on Health

Join the National League of Cities and the Anchor Institution Task Force (AITF) on Wednesday, February 21 for a Culture of Health Web Forum to learn more about how Cities are Leveraging Anchor Institutions. Cities and anchor institutions face similar concerns about the health and wellbeing of their communities. Each offers assets and resources that,

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Councilmember Flies High While Fighting for Children’s Health

By day, Stacey Denuski flies on airplanes for Boeing as a flight test engineer. But Kenmore, Washington families also know her as City Councilmember Denuski, a leading advocate for children’s health, parks, waterfront access, downtown redevelopment, as well as pedestrian and bike safety. As a councilmember, Denuski champions healthy eating and active living policies —

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What Smart Communities Can Learn From the Flu

This is a guest post by Richard Leadbeater, State Government Industry Manager at Esri. As you, my reader, might know from previous blog entries, I’m a geographer and, as such, I tend to think of most difficulties as geography problems. Well, I’m here to tell you that the flu is no exception. It too is

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Building a ‘Culture of Health’ Starts With Equity and Race

Join NLC Wednesday, Jan. 17 for a Culture of Health Web Forum on Race, Equity and Health. In the United States, life expectancy can vary by more than 15 years for communities separated by a few miles, subway stops or zip codes. This gap stems from structural inequities that include biases based on race, gender,

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What American Cities Can Learn From Toronto’s Success

Last month, representatives from four NLC member cities — Columbus, Ohio, Richmond, Virginia, Salt Lake City, and Tucson, Arizona — traveled to Toronto, Ontario for a study tour. With a population of 2,800,000, Toronto is North America’s fourth-largest city — and the  community is working to cope with explosive growth (fueled in part by immigration),

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Putting A Face on The Opioid Epidemic

This is a guest post from Richard Leadbeater, State Government Industry Manager at Esri. At City Summit 2017 in Charlotte, N.C., the National League of Cities presented Esri, a leader in geographic information systems (GIS), with a Service to Cities Award for their work on “mapping the opioid epidemic.” Early in my career, I learned

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Opioid Addiction Is a Mental Health Crisis, Not a Crime Wave

This is a guest post by Chirlane McCray, First Lady of New York City. It was originally published on NBC News Think. Last year, roughly 64,000 people died from a drug overdose in the United States — the largest annual increase in drug-related deaths ever recorded in our history. Overdoses are now the leading cause of death for

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Cities Can Tackle Hunger and Food Waste Through Collaboration

This is a guest post by NLC Board Member Priscilla Tyson, council president pro tempore, Columbus, Ohio. In this day and age, everyone should have access to healthy food. Unfortunately, that’s not the case in Columbus and Franklin County, Ohio. Nearly one-in-five children in my city of Columbus, Ohio, is food insecure. This mirrors statistics

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In Washington, Competing Forces Work to Reform Healthcare Markets

In Washington, news of the latest healthcare reform efforts seem to change by the hour. But it’s been a particularly productive week on the issue, as both Congress and the Administration made moves to implement competing agendas. Here’s a quick recap of what happened: On October 12th, the Trump Administration made two large announcements impacting

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