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REAL FOOD, ACTIVE LIVING Bill Competition

The North Carolina Alliance of YMCAs is pleased to announce the REAL FOOD, ACTIVE LIVING Bill Competition

As you are selecting topics that are important to you, think about the impact they have on your family, friends and community. Will the bill you write improve access to healthy and affordable foods, or can it provide safe and reliable ways to get around in your community in ways other than by car?

If you submit a bill that aligns with any of the topics listed below, you will be eligible for the Real Food, Active Living Bill award. 

The award package includes:

  • You and your Youth & Government team will receive a free training on Real Food, Active Living in your community. This training will be for up to 35 teens and adults on youth-led advocacy around these two issues.

  • You will receive a $3,000 grant to work on local policy change that will help generate grassroots support for your bill in your community. 

Here are the two areas that qualify, and ideas for projects or local policies that can build grassroots support for your bill:

Healthy Food Financing: financial incentives or programs to address a shortage of stores selling fresh food in both low-income urban neighborhoods and small towns across North Carolina.

  •   Communities modify zoning to support healthy corner stores 

  •   Corner/convenience stores adopt or modify policies that support the inclusion of healthy foods and drinks

  •   Communities develop a mobile Farmers' Market 

  •   Corner/convenience stores source food from local farmers

  •   Local planning documents include zoning for gardens and farmers' markets

  •   Transportation options to Farmers' Markets are increased

Bicycle & Pedestrian Funding: increase funding for bicycle & pedestrian infrastructure (sidewalks, bike lanes or other bicycle amenities) to enhance the safety and appeal of walking and biking for transportation. 

  •   Funding for bike lanes, greenways, pedestrian crossings, sidewalks etc. for active transportation

  •   Advocate for “Complete Streets” policies for walking, biking, transit, and cars 

  •   School board resolution supporting Safe/Active Routes to School

  •   Funding for a community bike-share program

  •   Funding for bus/mass transit, like light-rail; can include funding for bus shelters or bike racks at bus stops

THESE AWARDS WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2014 AT THE CLOSING SESSION OF THE YMCA NC YOUTH LEGISLATURE.

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