Prince George Recognized by the HEAL Cities & Towns Campaign as a
Platinum HEAL County
Hampton, Virginia – On October 1st, Prince George County was recognized at the Virginia Municipal League Conference, by the HEAL Cities & Towns Campaign for the Mid-Atlantic as a HEAL Cities and Towns Campaign Member. The HEAL Cities & Towns Campaign supports local elected officials to adopt healthy eating and active living (HEAL) policies and practices that create healthy, prosperous communities. As a HEAL Campaign Member, Prince George County receives technical assistance and resources to support municipal efforts to create a community where all people can make healthy choices to eat nutritious food and be physically active.
The purpose of the HEAL Campaign and its levels of recognition – Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum – is to recognize and motivate local governments’ continued achievement from passing a HEAL resolution to attaining its HEAL goals. Cities and towns pass a HEAL resolution to become a member of the HEAL Cities & Towns Campaign. They advance to higher levels of HEAL recognition by adopting policies and practices that municipalities set as goals in a resolution to shape the community into a place where residents and employees can make healthy choices about food and physical activity. Cities and Towns are recognized as new members of the Campaign and for advancing to higher recognition levels at the Municipal League annual conference.
The HEAL Cities and Towns Campaign has recognized Prince George County as a Platinum HEAL Campaign member. Platinum Level is awarded to Cities and Towns that have achieved Gold Level recognition and can provide evidence that HEAL policies and practices are integrated across municipal departments and are being monitored. Prince George County has achieved Gold Level by its commitment to improving the quality of life for Prince George County residents through various recreation, education and administrative programs. These efforts have led to improved facilities and support to citizens in all parts of the County by offering programs like the Farmers Market and improved fitness facilities.
The HEAL Cities and Towns Campaign is a project of the Institute for Public Health Innovation (IPHI), in partnership with the Maryland and Virginia Municipal Leagues, and is funded by Kaiser Permanente, founding partner. The Campaign provides technical assistance to municipal leaders to help them create healthy, prosperous communities by adopting policies and practices that improve their communities’ physical activity and food environments. These policies and practices set the framework for healthy, prosperous communities where people live, work, and play.
“Since 2011, Prince George County has had a renewed commitment to public health and welfare,” commented County Administrator Percy Ashcraft. “Through partnerships that involve groups and citizens from all part of the County, we have been able to statistically improve various health factors and offer leisure activities to all ages.”
“At the Institute for Public Health Innovation, we know that creating policies that address healthy living at a local level is critical to addressing the personal, collective, and economic impact of obesity,” said Sydney Daigle, HEAL Cities & Towns Campaign Manager for the Mid-Atlantic. The HEAL Campaign will work with Prince George County to address these issues and adopt policies and practices that promote healthy eating and active living.
About Prince George County
Prince George County recently celebrated its 315th anniversary. It is located between Richmond and Virginia Beach with easy access from I-95 and I-295. It is a neighbor to the Tri-Cities area which includes the cities of Petersburg, Hopewell and Colonial Heights.
Prince George County has over 37,000 people. It is the home to Fort Lee and its economic development base is touted by the presence of Rolls-Royce.
About the HEAL Cities & Towns Campaign for the Mid-Atlantic
The HEAL Cities and Towns Campaign provides free technical assistance to local government leaders to help them create healthy, prosperous communities by adopting policies and practices that improve their communities’ physical activity and food environments. HEAL is a project of the Institute for Public Health Innovation, in partnership with the Maryland and Virginia Municipal Leagues and funded by Kaiser Permanente, founding partner.
About the Institute for Public Health Innovation
The Institute for Public Health Innovation (IPHI) provides technical capacity, leverages resources, and facilitates collaboration across sectors to develop, implement, and evaluate effective strategies that improve health and quality of life in the DC, Maryland and Virginia region. IPHi is one of the newest institutes within the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI), an organization of 38 members throughout the United States and a growing aspect of the national public health infrastructure. To learn more about IPHi, visit www.institutephi.org.