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. 


Mar
18
12:00 PM12:00

Safe Routes to School Webinar: Biking and Communities of Color: Friend or Foe?

Sponsored by the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, join this upcoming webinar on March 18, 2015:

Biking and Communities of Color: Friend or Foe?

REGISTER HERE:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1193732442116961025


When advocating for improvements to community safety, health, physical activity and food access, there is one common solution - mobility.  Having active transportation options to access one's everyday needs is a right that everyone should have.  Biking in communities of color is not new, yet, in so many neighborhoods, the appearance of protected lanes is deemed the beginning of gentrification.  Fortunately, there are bike advocates around the country who are producing results that show biking as a solution to community revitalization and not a trigger for displacement.

SPEAKERS:

  • Lyna Truong, Asian and Pacific Islander Obesity Prevention Alliance (APIOPA) 
  • Adrian M. Lipscombe, Austin Transportation Department 
  • Martha Roskowski, PeopleForBikes 
  • Olatunji Oboi Reed, Slow Roll Chicago 
  • Keith Benjamin, Safe Routes to School National Partnership

Register for this free webinar:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1193732442116961025

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Mar
9
1:00 PM13:00

America Walks Webinar: Lessons from the Experts: 10 First Steps to Walkability

From America Walks: "Join celebrated speaker and walkability expert Mark Fenton for a rapid-fire review of best practices for those beginning to build more walkable communities. Many communities are overwhelmed by the apparent technical challenges and cost of making themselves more walkable. But there are compelling, cost efficient, often simple approaches that are ideal first steps. Based on a series of interviews with some of the most experienced and successful walkable community advocates and implementers in the United States, this Webinar reveals starter-strategies that have been shown to work, and why!"

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Feb
11
1:00 PM13:00

Webinar: Food Policy and Regional Food Systems: Opportunities for Networking across Jurisdictions

Sponsored by the Institute for Public Health Innovation and Johns Hopkins Center for a Liveable Future.

Where does your local food policy council fit within the regional food system? Would you like to play a stronger role in both your locality and at a regional level but not sure how? Functioning with limited resources and volunteer members, it can often be easiest for a food policy council to concentrate locally. By understanding the role of local food policy councils within the context of a regional food system, groups can network across geographies to maximize impact and effectiveness of policy changes.During this webinar, expert panelists will address a number of big picture questions local food policy councils have about regional food systems, including:

  • The role of local food policy councils within a regional network
  • When is it beneficial to connect across a region
  • How to determine your “region” and what to do when definitions vary
  • Best practices and challenges to organizing and building regional networks, including resources and infrastructure needed

These issues will be addressed to show participants how networking across jurisdictions can positively influence food system change. The webinar will also include time for participant Q&A.

SPEAKERS:

Michael Dimock, President, Roots of Change

Rich Pirog, Senior Associate Director, Center for Regional Food Systems at Michigan State University

Kathy Ruhf, Senior Fellow, Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group

With closing remarks from:

Mark Winne, Senior Advisor to the Food Policy Networks Project at the Johns Hopkins University Center for a Livable Future.

SUGGESTED PARTICIPANTS:

Food policy council coordinators and members, policy-makers, members of the local and regional food system and food system advocates

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Feb
5
2:00 PM14:00

America Walks Webinar: Elected Officials Walk the Walk

From America Walks: "Based on America Walks' recently published case studies, this Webinar will feature three local elected officials who have used their status as political leaders to advance walking and walkability.  Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett, Columbia, MO City Councilwoman Barbara Hoppe, and former Arlington County Board Member Chris Zimmerman will describe their personal success stories, which include reducing neighborhood speed limits and inspiring citizens of one community to start exercising and lose a combined one million pounds."

Register HERE

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Workshop: The Economic & Health Benefits of Walkable, Bikeable Communities
Jun
11
9:00 AM09:00

Workshop: The Economic & Health Benefits of Walkable, Bikeable Communities

  • Rm 205&206 - Ocean City Convention Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

As a local government leader, we know that you care about the health and prosperity of your community and its residents. This session is an opportunity to learn about effective strategies to create vibrant, attractive places where people like to spend time and money by making it easier for residents to walk, bike, and commute safely.

Learn how walkable, bikeable communities promote tourism, local businesses, and community cohesion. This session will highlight examples from Maryland municipalities small and large as well as provide information on resources available to the State’s cities and towns.

Moderator: Marisa Jones, HEAL Cities & Towns Campaign

Speakers:

  • Nicole Wagoner, Councilmember, Cumberland
  • Randy McClement, Mayor, Frederick
  • Matt Drew of BikeSBY, Salisbury, MD
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Visit us at Booth 313 - Exhibit Hall
Jun
10
9:30 AM09:30

Visit us at Booth 313 - Exhibit Hall

  • Exhibit Hall - Ocean City Convention Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Come to Booth 313 in the Exhibit Hall to learn about the HEAL Cities & Towns Campaign, and the free resources it provides to your city/town to become a healthy, prosperous community.

  • Enter your business card for a chance to win a Starbucks gift card!
  • Grab a granola bar. Learn how you can make healthier foods available to your municipal employees & residents.
  • Check out the MAP - have your neighboring communities joined the Campaign? Who in Maryland is working on adopting policies that make it easier for residents to eat better and move more?
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Visit us at Booth 313- Exhibit Hall
Jun
9
11:30 AM11:30

Visit us at Booth 313- Exhibit Hall

  • Exhibit Hall - Ocean City Convention Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
  • Learn about the HEAL Cities & Towns Campaign for the Mid-Atlantic, and the free resources it can provide to your municipality.
  • Enter to win a Starbucks gift card & learn about policies your municipality can adopt to make it easier for residents to eat better and move more.
  • Grab a granola bar & learn about low- and no-cost policies your municipality can adopt to make it easier for municipal employees to make healthy choices about food at work.
  • Check out the map - see if any of your neighboring communities have joined the Campaign!
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Complete Streets Policy Adoption & Implementation Workshop
May
14
8:30 AM08:30

Complete Streets Policy Adoption & Implementation Workshop

  • Greenbelt Municipal Building - Council Chambers (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

A few last minute spots are available! RSVP today! You must RSVP via our website www.tinyurl.com/CSworkshop2014 or email Marisa Jones at mjones@institutephi.org

The HEAL Cities & Towns Campaign, in partnership with the Greater Washington DC Safe Routes to School Regional Network, is hosting a Complete Streets Policy Adoption & Implementation Workshop. The workshop is valued at $9,000 and usually municipalities must bear the cost, however the partnership between HEAL Cities & Greater Washington DC SRTS Regional Network is making it possible for you to attend for free. Breakfast and snacks will be served.

Workshop Learning Objectives: The learning objectives of this workshop are to bring together strategically targeted elected officials and agency staff from local, county, regional and state, governments to:

  • Consider the multiple benefits of Complete Streets
  • Discuss and articulate local Complete Streets visions and interests, including Green Streets policies
  • Review the regional policy template, and county and state Complete Streets policies, and consider how they relate to small cities and towns
  • Consider steps for effectively integrating and implementing Complete Streets policies into everyday practice
  • Identify next steps for local policy adoption and implementation.

We have a National Complete Streets Coalition certified trainer, Carol Kachadoorian from Toole Design Group, who will be leading the workshop, and a panel of county, regional, and state experts that will also be on hand to answer your questions. Panelists include:

 ·         Dennis German, Chief, Community Design Division, Maryland State Highway Administration

·         Michael Farrell, Senior Transportation Planner, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments

·         Russell Carroll, Project Manager, Prince George’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation

·         Fred Schaffer, Planner Coordinator, Maryland National Capital Parks and Planning Commission.

 Additionally, you can receive 3.75 certification maintenance credits from the American Planning Association and we are happy to provide participation certificates for other professional certifications. 

 If you, colleagues, or staff are interested in participating, we need RSVPs as soon as possible. 

You must RSVP via our website www.tinyurl.com/CSworkshop2014 or email Marisa Jones at mjones@institutephi.org

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Apr
30
11:30 AM11:30

Webinar: Complete Streets 101

Have you heard the term "Complete Streets" and wondered what it means? Are you interested in promoting pedestrian and bicycle trips in your community but don't have adequate facilities?

Join the HEAL Cities & Towns Campaign for the Mid-Atlantic and the Greater Washington Safe Routes to School Regional Network for a Complete Streets 101 webinar. This webinar is intended for people who are new to the concept of Complete Streets. We will cover:
- What Complete Streets are
- What Complete Streets are NOT
- How to achieve Complete Streets
- The many benefits of Complete Streets
- How Complete Streets promote health, prosperity, and equity

Sponsored by the HEAL Cities & Towns Campaign for the Mid-Atlantic and the Greater Washington Region Safe Routes to School National Partnership, we invite you to join us for this free webinar! Register HERE

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Apr
15
to Apr 16

Virginia Urban Agriculture Summit

"The Virginia Food System Council, Lynchburg Grows, VCE VDACS and The Virginia Farm Bureau Federation are hosting a two day conference addressing multiple aspects of agricultural and health issues in urban settings.  This is slated to be an annual event bringing together 150-200 participants in Virginia's community. "

Don't miss Erik Curren, Councilman from Staunton, VA, a HEAL City!

Register: https://www.signup4.net/public/ap.aspx?EID=URBA10E&OID=50

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Apr
9
to Apr 11

Reduce Tobacco Use Conference

  • 900 South Orme Street Arlington, VA (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

From Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth:

"The Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth and Prevention Connections are pleased to invite you to the 11th National Reduce Tobacco Use Conference to be held April 10-11, 2014.

The National Reduce Tobacco Use Conference will showcase the latest in tobacco use prevention, reduction, and cessation with youth and young adults. Plan to attend and network with colleagues from around the country at the beautiful Sheraton Pentagon City, just minutes from Washington, DC. Come and hear experts present effective strategies for addressing tobacco use with our young people today."

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