Category: Health and Wellness

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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Six Cities Receive NLC Grants for Anti-Hunger Campaigns

In a comprehensive campaign to combat childhood hunger at the local level, NLC has selected six member cities to receive grants totaling $750,000 and intensive technical assistance to launch mayor-led city-wide anti-hunger campaigns. The cities selected for the CHAMPS: Cities Combating Hunger grant include: Allentown, Pennsylvania Durham, North Carolina Jackson, Mississippi Little Rock, Arkansas Miami

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Supreme Court Blocks Disclosure Requirements for California Pregnancy Clinics

On Tuesday, in a 5-4 decision in National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra, the Supreme Court ruled that a California law requiring licensed pregnancy clinics to disclose they don’t offer abortions and unlicensed pregnancy clinics to disclose the fact they are unlicensed likely violates the First Amendment. The ruling has significant implications

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Kaiser Permanente, ‘Mayors & CEOs’ Announce $200 Million for Homelessness Prevention

This week, at a live National League of Cities announcement event, Kaiser Permanente unveiled plans to invest $200 million in housing and homelessness prevention as part of Mayors & CEOs for U.S. Housing Investment. In front of an audience of city leaders and health experts, Bernard J. Tyson, Chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente, made

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How Cities Can Fight the Opioid Epidemic With Life-Saving Medications

With the opioid crisis reaching epidemic levels, access to life-saving medications and treatments is helping cities and towns confront overdoses and underlying addictions. In particular, the overdose-reversal medication naloxone, often available in a nasal spray under the trade name Narcan, has been broadly distributed to local first responders. Likewise, the powerful addiction treatment buprenorphine, known

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Fourteen Cities are Working Together with NLC to Combat Childhood Hunger

In an effort to build citywide campaigns to reduce hunger in local communities, the National League of Cities (NLC) is bringing fourteen cities to Kansas City, Missouri, in late May to participate in the CHAMPS Cities Combating Hunger Leadership Academy, with these cities becoming eligible for grants and technical assistance to meet their goals. Cities

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