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College Park Prioritizes Health and Wellness, Joins the HEAL Cities & Towns Campaign

The City of College Park Council passed a resolution to join the HEAL Cities &
Towns Campaign for the Mid-Atlantic, which champions local government policies that improve
access to healthy foods and physical activity.
Nearly two-thirds of adults and one-third of children in Maryland are overweight or obese. Overweight
and obesity are among the leading risk factors for a number of chronic diseases. HEAL policies
provide a framework for a community where all people can make healthy choices to eat nutritious
food and be physically active.

College Park’s partnership with the HEAL Cities & Towns Campaign includes adopting a complete
streets policy, establishing community gardens and urban agriculture, encouraging acceptance of
SNAP/EBT benefits at its farmers markets, and creating a formal workplace wellness program for
City employees. College Park Councilmember Denise Mitchell stated: “It is a pleasure to have our
city participate in HEAL Cities inaugural class. This program complements our city’s vision and goal
to become a more sustainable city.”
As part of the HEAL Cities & Towns Campaign, the Institute for Public Health Innovation provides free
training, support, and technical policy assistance to municipal leaders. This includes analyzing
current policies that impact healthy living for citizens, suggesting ways to update such policies to
increase access to HEAL, and updating administrative procedures to help make the healthy choice
the easy choice for municipal employees. “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 in our region,” said Marisa Jones, director of the HEAL

Cities & Towns Campaign for the Mid-Atlantic. “We’re confident we can make great headway by
partnering with College Park officials to benefit the lives of residents and employees.”

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