76th Annual  Meeting
The U.S. Conference of Mayors
76th Annual Meeting
June 20-24, 2008
Miami

2008 ADOPTED RESOLUTIONS

FULL FUNDING & EXPANSION OF THE STEPS TO A HEALTHIER US PROGRAM

WHEREAS, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has found that poor nutrition, inactivity and tobacco use has led to widespread, severe health problems such as obesity, heart disease, diabetes, asthma and other chronic diseases; and

WHEREAS, the CDC has found that these chronic health issues are especially acute in low-income and minority populations; and

WHEREAS, to address these issues the CDC implemented the Steps to a Healthier US program; and

WHEREAS, the Steps to a Healthier US Program has provided grants to 40 communities to implement chronic disease prevention and health promotion activities to address obesity, diabetes, and asthma, as well as related risk behaviors such as physical inactivity, poor nutrition, and tobacco use; and

WHEREAS, Steps to Healthier US communities promote improved health by creating a groundswell of activity in local communities, through schools, work sites, health care settings, and other community institutions, to support healthier lifestyles and prevent chronic diseases; and

WHEREAS, Steps to Healthier US communities have implemented programs that reach beyond public health and bring together a wide range of disciplines, such as business, transportation, and city planning that are evidence-based and have been successful in changing people’s behaviors to help improve the health of communities; and

WHEREAS, communities participating in Steps to a Healthier US form partnerships with private, public and non-profit partners, including schools, businesses, work sites, and health care facilities to extend the reach of their programs and to accelerate progress toward a healthier community; and

WHEREAS, the CDC has implemented a rigorous evaluation regime for the Steps to a Healthier US program that tracks results based on core performance measures; and

WHEREAS, the CDC has used data from this evaluation process to improve the program and improve overall public health efforts;and WHEREAS, communities participating in the Steps to a Healthier US have seem dramatic improvements in public health, including reduced obesity rates, declines in risky lifestyles and behaviors and increases in healthy lifestyles and behaviors; and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the US Conference of Mayors calls on Congress to fully fund the Steps to a Healthier US Program so that participating communities can build on their success to date; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the US Conference of Mayors calls on Congress and the Administration to expand the Steps to a Healthier US Program so that additional communities can receive the health benefits of this innovative program.