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Mercer Island Receives Healthy Lifestyle Honor at The White House

Sept 16, 2015 - Cityís Letís Move Program Among Top Awardees Nationwide

On September 16, 2015 Council Member Debbie Bertlin and City Recreation Superintendent Diane Mortenson joined First Lady Michelle Obama, representatives from the National League of Cities (NLC), and several federal agencies at the White House for a celebratory event honoring the achievements made by local elected officials and communities participating in the Let's Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC) initiative.

The First Lady announced that 500 cities, towns and counties, including Mercer Island, have committed to the five goals in the LMCTC initiative since July 2012. LMCTC is a key part of the First Ladyís Letís Move! initiative and helps local elected officials, their staff and communities ensure all children grow up healthy and have the ability to reach their full potential. To date, approximately 80 million Americans live in a city, town or county participating in LMCTC.

Mercer Island received special recognition as one of just 52 cities nationwide (and one of only two in Washington State) attaining gold medal status in all five of the campaignís goals.

ďAchieving this level of awareness for a healthy lifestyle through good nutrition and physical activity would not have been possible without the dedicated collaboration of so many supportive local partners, Ē said Council member Bertlin, ďand the community engagement has been truly impressive.Ē

ďIt makes sense to prioritize the health and well-being of residents starting with the youth of the Island,Ē said Recreation Superintendent Mortenson, ďand itís been truly invigorating to launch all our new Letís Move activities.Ē

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First Lady Michelle Obama addresses the Lets Move Event attendees with a motivating speech.       City Recreation Superintendent Diane Mortenson (Left) with the Let's Move Exec Director Deb Eschmeyer (Center), and Council Member Debbie Bertlin (Right) at the Lets Move Event in D.C.

Community Earns National Recognition for Healthy Lifestyle Program

Aug 25, 2015 - City Representatives to Receive Award at the White House

In 2014, the City joined the nationwide Let's Move campaign , a comprehensive initiative, launched by First Lady Michelle Obama, dedicated to solving the problem of childhood obesity within a generation. Letís Move! Mercer Islandís mission is to raise awareness of a healthy lifestyle through good nutrition and physical activity in collaboration with community partners.

The Parks and Recreation Department completed all five of the campaign's goals , and has recently achieved Gold medal status in each category by leading community-based activities, programs, and events with local Letís Movecommunity partners .

Based on this status, Mercer Island was promoted to the top tier of cities nationwide: the community, and our notable accomplishments, will be formally recognized by Michelle Obama at a special White House Letís Move event. Councilmember Debbie Bertlin, and City Recreation Superintendent Diane Mortenson will represent the City at the event on September 16, along with a number of other communities from across the country.

The effort to reach our goals and raise awareness for a healthy lifestyle through good nutrition and physical activity is a collaboration of dedicated, caring and passionate citizens, businesses and organizations that collectively comprise our Letís Move community partners. The City appreciates the amount of committed involvement in this program.

ďPrograms like this are a great example of the engagement our residents display in making Mercer Island an even better place to live, and Iím impressed with the communityís achievement,Ē said Mayor Bruce Bassett.


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