Fulton Commissioner Joan Garner Honored During White House Ceremony Recognizing “Let’s Move” Communities | Print |

Fulton County Commissioner Joan P. Garner, District 6, has been recognized by The National League of Cities during a ceremony held at the White House on Wednesday, July 10, 2013.

 

Commissioner Garner is being recognized for her work in leading the completion of key health and wellness goals for Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC) in coordination with Fulton County Health & Wellness and other County departments.   LMCTC is a major component of First Lady Michelle Obama’s comprehensive Let’s Move! initiative, which is dedicated to solving the childhood obesity epidemic within a generation. 

“I am thrilled to have this opportunity to participate in a national initiative highlighting the need to improve health in our communities.  It is a great honor for Fulton County’s work to be recognized on a national scale as we address health disparities, obesity, and fitness in every Fulton County community,” said Commissioner Garner.

The Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties initiative recognizes the efforts of elected officials to improve access to healthy affordable food and to increase opportunities for physical activity.

“Local elected officials play a critical role in addressing childhood obesity in our country and communities, and we commend those leaders being recognized for their achievements in taking action to improve healthy eating and physical activity in their communities,” said NLC President Marie Lopez Rogers, mayor of Avondale, AZ. 

Fulton County is among 200 cities, towns and counties participating in LMCTC. The National League of Cities (NLC) is the lead collaborating partner on this initiative, working with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S.

Department of Agriculture, the National Association of Counties, and other nonprofit organizations, in assisting local elected officials to implement policy and environmental changes to prevent childhood obesity.  The program has a grant  from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

For more information about LMCTC and Fulton County’s accomplishments, visit ww.healthycommunitieshealthyfuture.org.