A Missoula effort to prevent childhood obesity has been recognized with the National League of Cities' highest ranking.
Let's Move! Missoula, a city-county project that focuses on access to healthy food and physical activity for kids, received five gold medals from the national organization's "Let's Move! Cities, Towns and Counties" initiative, a part of first lady Michelle Obama's nationwide Let's Move! program.
More than 500 communities, representing 70 million people, are a part of the Let's Move! program.
Let's Move! Missoula is made up of a variety of public and private groups, from schools and the health department to hospitals, the Missoula Area Chamber of Commerce and the Missoula Family YMCA.
Missoula's medals were earned by hitting goals in creating food and exercise programs for family and group homes; putting up signs about healthy food choices in city and county buildings; supporting school breakfast, lunch and summer food programs; replacing items in vending machines at county buildings with healthier options; and expanding physical activity options for kids in the community and at schools.
Five medals is the maximum any single community can earn.