LiveWell Colorado has awarded the Elite Status City recognition to the City of Montrose. The city achieved this milestone recognition from LiveWell’s HEAL Cities & Towns Campaign for adopting five healthy eating and active living policies that help make it a healthy place to live, work, and play.
“We are honored to be recognized as a LiveWell Elite City,” said Virgil Turner, Director of Innovation and Citizen Engagement for the City of Montrose. “The support we’ve received from LiveWell’s HEAL Cities & Towns Campaign—including a recent active transportation analysis—has helped departments in the city work better together on efforts to build a healthier community for all residents.”
“Montrose has demonstrated a serious commitment to building a healthier community,” said Julie George, LiveWell Colorado’s director of the HEAL Cities & Towns Campaign. “The city has made significant policy changes and infrastructure investments that help improve safe access to biking, walking, recreation, healthy food, and healthy workplaces in the community.”
There are four levels of the LiveWell Colorado HEAL Cities & Towns Campaign: Eager, Active, Fit and Elite. In order to qualify for Elite status, a city must have adopted at least five healthy eating and active living (HEAL) policies. The following are just a few of the policies, programs and practices the City of Montrose has adopted since joining the HEAL Cities & Towns Campaign in April of 2015: