Today at the Orlando City Council meeting, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and City Commissioners joined with Families, Parks and Recreation Department employees to accept an award for achievements in addressing childhood obesity from the National League of Cities (NLC) as a part of the Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties campaign in partnership with First Lady Michelle Obama.
“Our children are the future of our community and the City of Orlando is committed to ensuring happy, healthy futures for our youth,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “I am proud that our community is a national leader in this effort as we continue to work together to change our children’s lives and help them to lead healthier, physically active lifestyles.”
Orlando is one of only 18 communities nationwide who have made the most progress to date in to helping young people eat healthy foods and be physically active. Orlando’s accomplishments include:
- Teaching parents of preschool aged children about healthy eating habits through Parramore Kidz Zone’s Baby Institute parent education program
- Prominently displaying information on healthy nutrition at all City recreation centers
- Providing healthy meals to thousands of children every day, year round, at City recreation centers
- Providing a variety of opportunities for thousands of Orlando children to be physically active through sports and recreation programs at 113 City parks, 47 playgrounds, 11 pools, 49 basketball courts, 43 tennis courts and more.
For more information about Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties and Orlando’s accomplishments, visit www.