About Fit 2 Live

More than one in three children in North Little Rock are overweight or obese. According to the U.S. Surgeon General, if this epidemic is not reversed, we may be raising the first generation of Americans that will live shorter and sicker lives than their parents. North Little Rock is a community committed to healthy eating and active living, and the Fit 2 Live initiative was created in 2009 by the City of North Little Rock and the North Little Rock School District to address the obesity epidemic in our city and make the healthy choice the easy choice for our residents.

Fit 2 Live Mission

The North Little Rock Fit 2 Live initiative will:

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Create an environment that empowers our community to recognize and adopt healthy life choices

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Collect evidence-based data

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Build partnerships to identify and share resources

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Develop and reinforce policy initiatives that support these goals

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Promote and implement innovative programs and practices.

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Fit 2 Live Leadership Team

The Fit 2 Live leadership team has been meeting since January 2011 to guide the city’s efforts and help implement common-sense solutions to the obesity epidemic. Leadership team members are volunteers and represent a wide variety of organizations and demographics, including state and local government, health care, local employers, faith-based communities and seniors.

Name Contact
Arlene Rose Email Arlene
Becky Adams Email Becky
Bernadette Rhodes Email Bernadette
Beth White Email Beth
Bob Rhoads Email Bob
Carey Woods Email Carey
Connie Fowler Email Connie
Dan Scott Email Dan
Dee Dee Wallace Email Dee Dee
Derick Easter Email Derick
Glen Lusby Email Glen
Hallie Shoffner Email Hallie
Heather Rhodes-Newburn Email Heather
Name Contact
Josh Fendley Email Josh
Joy Rockenbach Email Joy
Loletha Wilkins
Mack Agnew Email Mack
Margaret Powell Email Margaret
Mary Beth Bowman Email Mary Beth
Nathan Hamilton Email Nathan
Mayor Patrick Hays Email Mayor Hays
Richard Eden Email Richard
Robert Voyles Email Robert
Rod Himon Email Rod
Taniesha Richardson Email Taniesha

Grants Received

National League of Cities – From the Spring of 2010 through 2011, Fit 2 Live received technical assistance from the National League of Cities’ Institute for Youth, Education & Families, which is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) – In September 2010, the Fit 2 Live initiative was awarded a $1.5 million Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Funding was provided through the Affordable Care Act. North Little Rock has been using this grant to change policies, systems and environments within the City of North Little Rock and the North Little Rock School District to increase access to nutritious food and opportunities for physical activity throughout our neighborhoods. In December 2012, the grant was completed.

Projects & Programs

Healthy Food Options

 Healthy Food Options

To make the healthy choice the easy choice, North Little Rock needs more healthy food options like fruits, vegetables and whole grains at restaurants, convenience stores, concession stands and vending machines. One program the city has adopted to make this possible is Go, Slow, Whoa!. Go, Slow, Whoa! is a simple way to recognize foods that are the smartest choices. North Little Rock has adopted Go, Slow, Whoa! as a model for identifying the healthfulness of foods in city vending machines, concession stands and other areas. Find more information about Go, Slow, Whoa! at https://sph.uth.tmc.edu/catch/whats_new_food.htm.

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Community Gardens

 Community Gardens

According to the American Community Garden Association (http://communitygarden.org/about-acga/), a community garden can be urban, suburban or rural. It can grow flowers, vegetables or community. It can be one community plot or many individual plots. It can be at a school, hospital or in a neighborhood. It also can be a series of plots dedicated to “urban agriculture” where the produce is grown for a market. The City of North Little Rock supports community gardens through the Fit 2 Live Community Garden Grant Program, which makes $40,000 a year available to support the establishment or improvement of community gardens and urban farms.

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Employee Wellness

 Employee Wellness

Start today to kick an unhealthy habit. Fit 2 Live has developed policies and programs, as well as researched best practices, to give employers and employees across North Little Rock and Arkansas the ideas and tools they need to create healthier workplaces.  (http://nlrfit2live.org/fit-2-work/) If you are an employee of the City of North Little Rock, you can get help in quitting smoking, dipping or chewing tobacco; making healthier choices in planning, preparing and eating meals and snacks; losing and maintaining weight; getting more exercise and managing stress. You also can get membership discounts to the North Little Rock Community Center, Hays Senior Center, Burns Park Golf Courses and Burns Park Tennis Center. All the information on this nlrpr page will migrate to the employee page on nlrfit.org.

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Joint Use Agreements

 Joint Use Agreements

Joint Use Agreements (JUA) is the sharing of space between two entities, often school districts and local governments or community organizations; the practice of allowing groups to use playgrounds, athletic fields; pools, gymnasiums and other recreational facilities during after school hours. It is a formal agreement between one or more separate entities to collaborate, setting forth the terms and conditions for shared use of public property. A Joint Use Agreement Policy can help make physical activity easier by providing kids and adults alike with safe, conveniently located and inviting places to exercise and play. North Little Rock is actively refurbishing exercise and play facilities and creating Joint Use Agreements to ensure these facilities will remain open for use.

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Built Environment

 Built Environment

A built environment is the combination of human-made surroundings that provide the setting for human activity, such as streets, trails, schools, housing and shopping centers. Neighborhoods and cities can be built in ways that support safe, healthy, and thriving environments for people to live, work and play. North Little Rock has created a Built Environment Committee to create a vision for a more “complete” city that accommodates all modes of transportation, attracts economic vitality, allows people to live “in place,” and makes the active choice the easy choice.

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Safe Routes to School

 Safe Routes to School

Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs are sustained efforts by parents, schools, community leaders and local, state, and federal governments to improve the health and well-being of children by enabling and encouraging them to walk and bicycle to school. SRTS programs examine conditions around schools and conduct projects and activities that work to improve safety and accessibility, and reduce traffic and air pollution in the vicinity of schools. As a result, these programs help make bicycling and walking to school safer and more appealing, thus encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle from an early age. For more information, visit http://www.saferoutesinfo.org/. In February 2012, North Little Rock was awarded a one-year, $44,740 Safe Routes to School Education grant for teaching kids, parents and community members about bike and pedestrian safety.

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School Wellness

 School Wellness

Kids spend about seven hours a day at school and eat up to two of their three daily meals there. In partnership with the North Little Rock School District, Fit 2 Live is working on strengthening the District School Wellness policy to increase time for physical activity, provide healthier food options, limit unhealthy options, increase nutrition education and exposure to new fruits and vegetables.

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Resources

Arkansas Active Living Report by the Walkable and Livable Communities (WALC) Institute
Arkansas Active Living Report

Park Hill Walkability Workshop – November 15, 2012
Park Hill Walkability Report

Levy Trail Tour and Community Discussion – April 28, 2012
Levy Trail Tour Notes

Fit 2 Live Community Conversation in Rose City – January 24, 2012
Rose City Report

Fit 2 Live Community Conversation in Levy – May 15, 2012
Levy Report

For more information about obesity in Arkansas, visit Arkansas Coalition for Obesity Prevention.
Arkansas Coalition for Obesity Prevention

Making the most of the resources we already have and saving them for future generations is what NLRSmart is all about.
NLR SMART

Research & Data

Over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in North Little Rock have tripled, and today one in three children in America are overweight or obese. The numbers are even higher in African American and Hispanic communities, where nearly 40 percent of the children are overweight or obese. If we don’t solve this problem, one-third of all children born in 2000 or later will suffer from diabetes at some point in their lives. Many others will face obesity-related chronic health problems like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, certain types of cancer and asthma.

Obesity by the Numbers:


$147 billion

annual medical cost of obesity because of related chronic diseases.

$1,429

obese adults spend more on medical costs per year.

15

minutes of biking two times a day equals 10 pounds of fat burned per year.

2

minutes of stair use per day can stop the average American weight gain.

Annual advertising budgets:

Tobacco

$13 billion

Food industry

$11 billion

Anti-obesity grants

$0.48 billion

73 %

of Americans believe fighting childhood obesity is a worthwhile investment

57 %

of Americans believe the government should play an important role in addressing obesity (source: PEW Foundation)

According to data from the National Health and Examination Survey, about one-third of U.S. adults (33.8 percent) are obese. Approximately 17 percent (or 12.5 million) of children and adolescents aged 2—19 years are obese. This frightening trend must be arrested so the next generations of Americans can live healthy, fulfilling lives. For information about research, data, studies, statistics and other facts about obesity in North Little Rock, Arkansas and the country, please see the following: