Officials from the City of Pico Rivera joined First Lady Michelle Obama and representatives from the National League of Cities (NLC) and several federal agencies at the White House in September for a celebratory event honoring the achievements made by local Cities, Towns and Counties participating in the Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC) initiative.
The City of Pico Rivera was one of 500 Cities, Towns and Counties announced by the First Lady that have committed to the five goals in the LMCTC initiative since July 2012.
LMCTC is a key part of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative and helps local elected officials, their staff and communities ensure all children grow up healthy and have the ability to reach their full potential. NLC works in partnership with Let’s Move! and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide assistance to local elected officials.
Pico Rivera is part of a growing national movement to build healthier communities and ensure that the health and well-being of young people today and that of future generations is a priority.
Pico Rivera is one of 52 communities that has achieved gold medals in each of the five goal areas, which include:
• Goal I: Start Early, Start Smart: Promoting best practices for nutrition, physical activity, and screen time in early care and education settings.
• Goal II: My Plate, Your Place: Prominently displaying MyPlate in all municipal or county venues where food is served.
• Goal III: Smart Servings for Students: Expanding access to meal programs before, during and after the school day, and/or over summer months.
• Goal IV: Model Food Service: Implementing healthy and sustainable food service guidelines that are aligned with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
• Goal V: Active Kids at Play: Increasing opportunities for physical activity.
“Our residents and our staff are honored to be recognized with 5 Gold Medals by the First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move Campaign and the National League of Cities” said City Manager René Bobadilla. “Our staff and community leaders continue to work hard to provide our residents with innovative programs that are beneficial to the health of the City’s residents.”
The 500 cities, towns and counties honored at the event come from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. To date, approximately 80 million Americans live in a city, town or county participating in the Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties initiative.