Moose Lake designated a Governor’s Fit City

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010 at 9:58 am

St. Paul, MN – Governor Tim Pawlenty and the Governor’s Health Cabinet announced today that Moose Lake has been designated a Governor’s Fit City. The city earned the recognition by making a commitment to support and encourage its residents to be more physically active and to improve the overall health of the community.

“The leaders of Moose Lake have made a strong commitment to provide physical activity opportunities for people in their city,” Governor Pawlenty said. “This commitment will help keep Moose Lake citizens healthy for years to come.”

Moose Lake achieved its designation by completing an application with the Minnesota Department of Health. The application asks cities to indicate their commitment to promoting physical activity, according to several criteria. Those criteria include whether a city has created inviting places to walk; whether a city has adopted a value statement affirming the importance of fitness; whether a city has sponsored at least one fitness activity; and whether a city has developed recreation areas that encourage fitness.

Moose Lake is committed to implementing a number of strategies for promoting physical activity, including:

* Maintaining walkability and accessibility for community residents, workers, and visitors.
* Utilizing public and private partnerships to maintain at least one indoor facility that is available during winter, and open and accessible for all ages.
* Building and promoting community awareness of locations, services and organizations dedicated to physical activity.

“Physical activity improves nearly every aspect of a person’s health and contributes to better health overall for communities,” Commissioner of Health Dr. Sanne Magnan said. “We encourage all cities to become Governor’s Fit Cities.”

Moose Lake will receive a plaque from Governor Pawlenty and may also choose to have Governor’s Fit City signs placed on roadways entering the city.

The Governor’s Fit City initiative is part of an overall push by Governor Pawlenty to encourage fitness. The governor declared 2005 The Year of Fitness in Minnesota and created the Governor’s Fitness Challenge. More information about the Governor’s Fit City program can be found at www.health.state.mn.us/fitcity.

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