Local Government

Local government resolutions can be used as a tool for cities and counties to promote a broad array of public health initiatives including Complete Streets, community gardens, and healthy community initiatives.  Resolutions provide a framework local governments can use to show government support for public health and to promote and encourage certain behaviors.  Local government resolutions should reflect the unique situation and needs of the community and be tailored to the specific legal framework of that community.   The local governing body will need to determine where to add language or make changes within specific policies, ordinances, or regulations to ensure the resolution best fits their community’s needs. 

For example, on March 21, 2012 the City of Eagan passed the first Healthy Eating Active Living resolution in the State of Minnesota.  Drawing on the legal technical assistance provided by the Public Health Law Center, the Eagan resolution will be used to support and promote healthy eating and active living strategies for the Eagan community.  On August 21, 2012, with a unanimous vote of its City Council, the City of Eden Prairie became the second city in Minnesota to pass a Healthy Eating Active Living resolution.


Drafting Effective Policies

This resource outlines different steps to draft an effective policy. It was developed for specifically for on-going Kansas efforts to improve the food and physical activity environment. The tool is meant to be used in conjunction with technical assistance, including that provided by the Public Health Law Center.

Drafting Effective Policies (2014)

Check out our resources in the sidebar, and in our Local Government Resource Archive.