Third Minnesota City Passes Healthy Eating Resolution
[MMA News Now, March 14, 2013] On March 4, the city of Savage became the third Minnesota city to pass a resolution promoting healthy eating and active living strategies for its residents. It joins Eden Prairie and Eagan in supporting the initiative.
The Savage resolution will tackle implementing and monitoring a Complete Streets policy, introducing active living issues, such as walkable communities, into public dialogue, developing and implementing a healthy vending machine and concessions program for city owned facilities and development and sustainability of community gardens and farmers markets.
The Healthy Eating Active Living resolution was brought to Savage city leaders by the Twin Cities Obesity Prevention Coalition, a community-based coalition of organizations, physicians and individuals committed to improving public health. The coalition is a project of the Twin Cities Medical Society and is funded by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota.
According to Blue Cross, more than 63 percent of Minnesota adults are overweight or obese, and at risk for serious illnesses such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some cancers.