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.