With a nod of approval from the Blaine City Council, Blaine is now part of a nationwide movement supporting healthy communities and battling childhood obesity.
The city council voted unanimously to approve a resolution declaring Blaine a Let’s Move! city on September 26. Mayor Bonny Onyon and the other council members expressed their support for the program, which Blaine Elementary physical education teacher Dan Persse is spearheading.
The first step for Blaine as a Let’s Move! city is to provide an interpretive map laying out a walking loop connecting the city’s six community parks, said Laurie Sween, the Kids Take Heart program director with the Bellevue-based Hope Heart Institute, which is co-sponsoring the program. The Blaine elementary campus would be the center of the loop, and Sween said she and Persse are exploring adding a running track to the elementary campus, complete with outdoor fitness equipment for ages five and older.
The Let’s Move! campaign, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is a national effort to end childhood obesity through community-sponsored programs. A Let’s Move! city is one that is committed to making at least one change in the four pillars of the program, which include giving parents and caregivers the tools they need to help their children make healthy choices and improving nutrition in schools.
Blaine community development director Michael Jones said city community planning staff are committed to devoting a certain amount of hours each week to helping the Let’s Move! program in Blaine get off the ground. The program will also rely heavily on support from outside the city government.
For more information on the campaign, visit www.letsmove.gov.