Healthy Policy


The HEAL Cities & Towns Campaign provides a variety of resources to help elected officials and city staff develop and implement policies that promote active communities, healthy food access and workplace wellness.

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Grants Available for Cities to Expand Afterschool and Summer Meal Programs 

The National League of Cities invites cities to apply for grant awards of up to $50,000 to build the capacity of municipalities to raise awareness of and increase participation in the federal Afterschool and Summer Meal Programs through the Cities Combatting Hunger through Afterschool and Summer Meals (CHAMPs) Initiative. Mayors and other city officials can ensure that children in their communities have access to nutritious meals by promoting and supporting these vital federal nutrition programs. With support from the Walmart Foundation since 2012, NLC, in partnership with the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), has provided grants and technical assistance to 26 cities to help to expand participation in these meal programs. This year, through grants and technical assistance to municipalities, NLC will continue these efforts with a new cohort of 6 to 8 cities. NLC will select cities through a Request for Proposals (RFP) process based on cities’ commitment to launching or expanding local efforts to provide afterschool and summer meals utilizing the federal programs resulting in year-round feeding opportunities for children.  Click here for a link to the CHAMPs Request for Proposals. Proposals are due August 15th. For more information, contact: Jamie Nash at or 202-626-3160.

Tool Kit 

HEAL Cities & Towns Campaign Summit Resources 

Funding Opportunities 

Other Resources 


Archived Webinars 

Municipal Policies that Promote Access to Healthy Food and Healthy Food Systems: A Joint Webinar with the HEAL Cities & Towns Campaign (Thursday, August 8, 2013) 

View a PDF of the PowerPoint presentation here. 

The Colorado Municipal League & LiveWell Colorado present a webinar series to promote health in your community. Archived webinars from this series are below. 

Creating a Culture of Wellness in Municipal Workplaces: Moving Beyond the Health Fair & Fun Run (Thursday, June 6, 2013) 


The Small Communities Toolbox: Best Practices and Messages for Healthy Eating and Active Living in Rural and Small Jurisdictions (Tuesday, September 24, 2013)


Enhancing Walking and Biking in Rural and Suburban Cities (Thursday, January 23, 2014)


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