Let’s Move! Blue Springs partners with local government and businesses to promote and encourage healthy eating and active living in the community. In late 2010, Blue Springs Mayor Carson Ross asked StandUp Blue Springs to assist in facilitating Let’s Move! Blue Springs based upon the agency’s successful private-public partnerships, community collaboration and citizen engagement. Mayor Ross and the City Council passed a resolution in March 2011 that Blue Springs officially become a Let’s Move! city. Let’s Move! is a national initiative of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services with First Lady Michelle Obama to address childhood obesity.
Through four Citizen Summits conducted in 2011 that involved more than 100 participants, citizens and community partners assessed the four goals of the national Let’s Move! initiative and identified initial health-related project areas to support. These summits resulted in four flagship programs, including Community Fit Events, Healthy Foundations, Healthy Schools, and Let’s Move! Saturdays. Let’s Move! Blue Springs also supports numerous community programs involving healthy eating and active living, including 5K Family Fun Run, Community Gardens, Farmers Market, Girls on the Run and Livable Streets Policy.
As a result of the Let’s Move summits, StandUp has been able to encourage a change in physical environments for improved overall community health. The City of Blue Springs administration, who were involved in the Let’s Move summits, has repaired many miles of sidewalks, increased bike lanes and enhanced the safety of cross walks, especially near schools. These changes have assisted in providing a safer environment for citizens of Blue Springs to engage in walking, jogging and biking.
The success of the Let’s Move! Blue Springs program is in large part because of the partnerships with a diverse array of stakeholders in Blue Springs who are working with citizens in creating and implementing prevention strategies across spheres of community (in schools, workplace, home and community).