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    City Receives Top Awards from VA Municipal League

    The City of Lynchburg walked away from this year’s Virginia Municipal League (VML) Conference with two top Innovation Awards.  The City of Lynchburg won the 2017 Innovation Award in Community Health and the prestigious 2017 President’s Award, which is given to the best of the annual award recipients.

    The panel of judges selected Lynchburg for these awards for its Live Healthy Lynchburg initiative, started by Mayor Joan Foster and two local pediatricians in 2012. The program taps into existing resources and organizations and compiles them under a central umbrella campaign to improve the health of citizens in the city. Lynchburg enrolled in the Let's Move! campaign to reduce childhood obesity and, after four years, had earned a gold medal in each of the five Let’s Move! focus areas. Lynchburg is one of only 78 communities nationwide to earn this distinction.

    “I am so pleased that the Live Healthy Initiative is being recognized for its innovative approach to a nationwide problem,” said Mayor Foster. “These awards are a testament to the commitment and creativity of so many people in the Lynchburg community. I am proud of everyone who play a role in this initiative and who continue to make community health a priority.”

    The annual statewide competition recognizes projects that demonstrate problem-solving, excellence in management, citizen participation and service to citizens. VML received nearly 70 entries for 2017. The awards were presented Monday, October 2 at VML’s Annual Conference in Williamsburg. VML President Dr. Patricia Woodbury, councilmember of Newport News, and Past President Robert Coiner, mayor of Gordonsville, announced the awards. For more information about the 2017 Innovation Awards, visit

    About the Virginia Municipal League 

    The Virginia Municipal League is a statewide, nonprofit, nonpartisan association of city, town, and county governments established in 1905 to improve and assist local governments through legislative advocacy, research, education, and other services. The membership includes all 38 cities in the state, 160 towns and six counties.