Mayor Nutter honored for anti-obesity efforts

Mayor Nutter’s efforts to promote the use of bicycles, decrease the consumption of sugar-laden beverages, fight tobacco use and improve low-income access to healthier foods have won him a national leadership award from a program sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The mayor is one of five policy-makers nationwide to receive the 2013 Leadership for Healthy Communities Award, announced today in Baltimore where the organization is sponsoring a “Childhood Obesity Prevention Summit.”

“Thanks to Mayor Nutter’s commitment to healthy living and eating, Philadelphia has seen declines in childhood obesity rates, including in low-income and communities of color,” said the director of Leadership for Healthy Communities, Maya Rockeymoore.

The organization credited Nutter with creating a bicycle-pedestrian plan for the city, including more than 20 miles of new bicycle lanes, the creation of Get Healthy Philly, which received $27 million from the Centers for Disease Control to promote healthier, smoke-free lifestyles and improve access to healthy foods for 100,000 residents of low-income neighborhoods, improving vending machine choices in city-owned buildings and “incentivizing healthy living through a wellness program for city employees.”

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