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• Mayor Mick Cornett in Oklahoma City created a temporary 1-cent sales tax initiative that generated $777 million to create a new downtown park and recreation area, expand sidewalks and biking trails, and refurbish the streetcar system.

• Mayor Angel Taveras in Providence, R.I., formed a Healthy Communities Office to integrate health into every city domain (cycling, smoking, active transport, mental health, safe places to play and exercise, access to healthy food in stores and community gardens). The office coordinates health policies, activities and funding initiatives.

• In Lemon Grove, Calif., the public schools and the city have partnered to keep school facilities open for active community use after hours and during summers.

• To encourage walking, Mayor Chip Johnson in Hernando, Miss., put a policy in place that mandates sidewalks in all redevelopments.

• Philadelphia’s “corner store” initiative aims to promote healthy eating by increasing access to fresh fruits and vegetables in local convenience stores. It also encourages the use of food stamps at farmers’ markets through its Food Bucks program (for every $5 spent at a farmers market, customers receive a $2 coupon for future purchases.)

• In New York City, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has famously sought to limit serving sizes on sugary drinks, ban trans fats, prohibit smoking in public places and require calorie postings at chain restaurants.

• Mayor David Harrington in Prince George’s County, Maryland, has focused on cycling lanes and sidewalks.

• Baltimore launched an education campaign aimed at making sure babies sleep safely, a key step in reducing infant deaths.


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