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Happy 2016!

Jonathan Rothschild, Mayor of Tucson

With the new year comes new resolutions, which often include losing weight, eating right and being more physically active.

My office has worked to encourage healthier habits through several programs.

Tucson Moves a Million Miles gives Tucsonans a place to log progress toward their personal fitness goals and add them to our citywide total. So far, Tucsonans have moved well over a million miles. My website,, also has information on various locations to walk or run, and groups to walk or run with. You don’t have to go it alone.

Last year, we held a Tucson Fitness Month in May, where the Jewish Community Center, Tucson Fire Department, Tucson Parks and Recreation and the YMCA offered free fitness classes to the public.

Every year we pick a date in November to hold K-6 Fitness Day. This year, more than 25,000 students participated. I dropped in on the students at Holladay Elementary School, who showed me how they keep active using dance with a “Green Eggs and Ham” routine from Seussical Jr. I did my best to keep up.

Being physically active is part of maintaining good health. The other part is eating right. I created the Commission on Food Security, Heritage and Economy to address a number of issues, including food deserts, heritage agriculture, community gardens and our overall food economy from farm to table.

There are many resources in our community for those interested in healthy eating. For example, our Community Food Bank works with importers in Nogales to take produce that would otherwise go to waste and make it available to the public and to organizations that feed low-income residents. The Food Bank also has programs on backyard and community gardens—a great way to get high-quality produce into your diet.

I encourage every Tucsonan to keep working on healthy habits. Soon, you won’t even have to think about it. It’ll just be second nature.

Jonathan Rothschild, Mayor of Tucson

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