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. 

Healthy eating active living and economic development

Municipal leaders work to create livable, prosperous communities – places where people want to live, work, locate and grow their businesses, raise families, and age. Healthy eating and active living (HEAL) policies and practices can improve a community’s health and livability and enhance its local economy. Understanding ways in which HEAL policies contribute to a city’s or town’s economic development can help local leaders generate support for HEAL initiatives and facilitate their efforts to improve and sustain their community’s economy.


Building Healthy Economies Through Healthy Communities: How Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Policies and Practices Promote Economic Development