At the recommendation of the Recreation and Parks Commission and the Health and Safety Commission, the Beverly Hills City Council recently adopted a resolution expressing its desire to become a Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) city.
Beverly Hills will join over one hundred other California cities thatâ€”under the guidance of the League of California Citiesâ€”have embraced policies to create work, school and neighborhood environments that are conducive to healthier living.
Beverly Hills already meets many of the HEAL campaign’s goals; encouraging healthy food retailers in the city, hosting a weekly Farmers’ Market, creating synergy between the Market and local schools, offering a plethora of recreational activities and having wellness policies in-place for city employees. The Beverly Hills Public Library also houses a large collection of materials on healthy living and physical fitness.
Being a HEAL city entails a renewed commitment to healthy food access, obesity prevention, employee wellness, increased opportunities for physical activity and a continued focus on attracting healthy food retailers. As the City approaches proposed future endeavors such as bike lanes, park enhancements, a community demonstration garden and outdoor fitness equipment, it will do so with the clarity and purpose of being a HEAL city.
For more information on HEAL and Beverly Hills: www.beverlyhills.org