Let's Move! Linn County

To help ensure kids in our community are the healthiest they can be, Linn County is part of the national Let's Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC) initiative. Linn County is the first community in Iowa and the second county in the United States to achieve a gold medal in each of the 5 LMCTC goals. Linn County is the only county in Iowa participating. More information about LMCTC is available here.

LMCTC consists of 5 goals to address childhood obesity:
Goal I: Start Early, Start Smart
Goal II: MyPlate, Your Place
Goal III: Smart Servings for Students
Goal IV: Model Food Service
Goal V: Active Kids at Play

For each goal, there is the possibility of achieving a bronze, silver and gold medal. Although Linn County has achieved a gold medal for all 5 goals, efforts are continuing to advance the goals and improve the health of the community.
Lets Move Linn County logo
Goal I: Start Early, Start Smart
The Hawkeye Area Community Action Program, Inc. (HACAP) incorporated the five Let's Move! Child Care goals into a training they offer for childcare providers.

Goal II: MyPlate, Your Place
To encourage healthy eating, Linn County Public Health placed the MyPlate icon wherever food is sold in county buildings and in the break rooms. ChooseMyPlate.gov has information to help people build healthier diets.

Goal III: Smart Servings for Students
If your child or children need access to nutritious meals this summer, check out this list of the 2015 meal sites here.

In 2014, the Summer Food Service Program in Linn County expanded its meal sites and increased the number of meals provided. United Way of East Central Iowa, Horizons: A Family Service Alliance, Four Oaks, Jane Boyd, Boys and Girls Club, and the Salvation Army were the main organizations that made the program, which provides nutritional meals to children during the summer, a success. Next year, the collaborative group plans to continue to expand.

Goal IV: Model Food Service
Linn County has a healthy vending policy that ensures at least 50% of vending options in county-owned buildings meet certain nutritional standards.

Goal V: Active Kids at Play

Linn County Public Health's AmeriCorps member, Olivia Pond, assisted KaBOOM!, Humana, Jane Boyd, and the City of Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation in installing a multi-generational playground at Hidder Park in Cedar Rapids. KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to bringing balanced and active play into the daily lives of all kids.

Linn County Public Health added the locations of Linn County parks to KaBOOM!'s Map of Play website. Linn County Public Health is currently in the process of reaching out to other cities in Linn County to help increase physical activity in children through the use of playspaces.

More Information
For more information about this effort, please contact Linn County Public Health by emailing health@linncounty.org or call 319.892.6000.