HEAL Cities & Towns Campaign for the Mid-Atlantic

Helping Municipal Leaders Create Healthy, Prosperous Communities

The Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Cities & Towns Campaign provides free training and technical assistance to municipal leaders to adopt policies that make it easier for residents to eat better and move more.

The HEAL Cities & Towns Campaign is an initiative of The Institute for Public Health Innovation in partnership with the Maryland Municipal League and the Virginia Municipal League. 

helping municipal leaders create healthy, prosperous communities

The HEAL Cities & Towns Campaign provides free technical assistance and support to local elected officials and their staff  to adopt policies that stem the obesity epidemic and create healthy, prosperous communities in Maryland and Virginia's cities and towns.

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HEAL assists municipalities to adopt policies that promote healthy food access, such as:

  • Farmers' Markets
  • Community Gardens
  • Healthy Food Retail



HEAL supports cities and towns to adopt policies promoting active lifestyles, including:

  • Joint Use of Facilities
  • Complete Streets
  • Comprehensive Plan Updates
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HEAL provides municipalities with resources to adopt policies that create a healthy municipal workforce, such as:

  • Healthy Vending
  • Healthy Meeting
  • Open Stairwells
  • Nutrition Standards