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Fort Worth makes major gains in CityHealth annual policy assessment

Posted Dec. 2, 2019

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White Lake Hills residents formed small groups called moais — including the 7 a.m. walkers pictured here — to build accountability for healthy behaviors.

For the first time, Fort Worth received a bronze ranking for its wellness-related policies, becoming one of 10 cities recognized for overall improvement in health policies from 2018 to 2019.

A new report from CityHealth finds that Fort Worth and other large U.S. cities are making considerable strides in adopting policies that improve health and quality of life. Many of these reforms occurred in the area of tobacco and e-cigarette regulation, in the wake of new concerns about the safety of those products, especially for youth. Complete-streets policies also saw major gains, as experts have sounded the alarm that pedestrian deaths have increased 35% in the last decade.

Cities were assigned a gold, silver, bronze or no medal, depending on the strength of their policies.

CityHealth, an initiative of the de Beaumont Foundation and Kaiser Permanente, helps cities achieve better results for their residents by advancing a menu of nine proven policies that improve people’s day-to-day quality of life, well-being and health.

Localities are assessed according to the strength and number of the policies they have in place.

Among the nation’s 40 largest cities, there were eight gold medal cities, eight silver medal cities, 14 bronze medal cities and 10 cities that did not earn a medal.

CityHealth’s analysis included nine policy recommendations:

  • Affordable housing.
  • Complete streets.
  • Earned sick leave.
  • Food safety.
  • Healthy food procurement,
  • High-quality, accessible pre-kindergarten.
  • Safer alcohol sales.
  • Smoke-free indoor air.
  • Tobacco 21.

View Fort Worth’s rankings in each of the categories.

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Watercress Low Pressure Sewer Improvements Project Meeting: 6 p.m. Dec. 11, 2019; Fort Worth Police Mounted Patrol Facility, 1901 N. Las Vegas Trail.

Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report Public Hearing: 6:15 p.m. Dec. 11, 2019; FWPD North Division, Community Room.

Canceled Mayor's Committee on Persons with Disabilities Meeting: 10 a.m. Dec. 12, 2019; Hazel Harvey Peace Center for Neighborhoods, 818 Missorie Ave.

Senior Holiday Luncheon at Handley Meadowbrook: 11 a.m. Dec. 12, 2019; Handley Meadowbrook Community Center, 6201 Beaty St.

Regionl Transportation Council Meeting: 1 p.m. Dec. 12, 2019; North Central Texas Council of Governments, Transportation Council Room, 1st Floor, 616 Six Flags Dr, Arlington, TX, 76011.
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Regular Meeting of The Construcion and Fire Prevention Board of Appeals: 2 p.m. Dec. 12, 2019; Development Conference Room, Lower Level, City Hall, 200 Texas St.
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Winter Wonderland Dance at Greenbriar Community Center: 5 p.m. Dec. 12, 2019; Greenbriar Community Center, 5200 Hemphill.

Municipal Court Hearing: 8:30 a.m. Dec. 13, 2019; Southwest Municipal Court, Court No. 9, 3741 Southwest Loop 280.
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Deferred Compensation Oversite Committee Meeting: 9 a.m. Dec. 13, 2019; Fort Worth Credit Union Board Room, 2309 Montgomery St.
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Winter Bash at Handley Meadowbrook Community Center: 6 p.m. Dec. 13, 2019; Handley Meadowbrook Community Center, 6201 Beaty.

Winter Dance at R.D. Evans Community Center: 7 p.m. Dec. 13, 2019; R.D. Evans Community Center, 3242 Lackland Rd..

Holiday Drop & Shop at Southwest Community Center: 9 a.m. Dec. 14, 2019; Southwest Community Center, 6300 Welch Ave.

Canceled Trinity Metro Board of Directors Meeting: 8 a.m. Dec. 16, 2019; Fort Worth Central Station, 1001 Jones Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76102.
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Building Standars Commission Pre-Meeting: 9 a.m. Dec. 16, 2019; City Council Conference Room 290, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas St.
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Building Standards Commission Meeting: 9:30 a.m. Dec. 16, 2019; City Council Chamber, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas St.
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Southgate Development Infrastructure Improvements Project Meeting: 6 p.m. Dec. 16, 2019; Texas Health Hugley Fitness Center, 11801 S. Freeway.

Audit Committee: 1 p.m. Dec. 17, 2019; City Council Conference Room 290, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.

Fort Worth Local Development Corporation Meeting: 2 p.m. Dec. 17, 2019; City Council Conference Room 290, City Hall, 200 Texas St.

City Council Work Session: 3 p.m. Dec. 17, 2019; City Council Conference Room 290, Second Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.

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