Welcome to the Challenge

We believe a healthy city/county is economically competitive, inclusive and equitable. That's why we've called on cities and counties across the country to join the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge. The Challenge is a partnership between the Aetna Foundation, the American Public Health Association and the National Association of Counties. The partnership empowers small to mid-size U.S. cities and counties to create a positive health impact.

We're awarding more than $1.5 million in prizes to cities, counties and federally recognized tribes most able to show measurable changes in health and wellness over the next several years.

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What's new? Introducing the Healthy Communities Podcast! In the podcast, we talk with public health experts about common health issues in our communities, and how HC projects aim to address them. In episode one, Megan McKinney Cooper, communications director for JumpIN for Healthy Kids from Greater Lawrence, Indiana talked with APHA's David Richards about childhood overweight and obesity. Listen to the podcast!

 All HealthyCommunity50 projects have made incredible progress in their communities. Hillsborough County, Florida showcases its newly constructed community garden and Morgantown, West Virginia promotes healthy behaviors across the city, even on wheels. Wyandotte County, Kansas highlights their "Safe Routes to Parks" approach video. Check out our map page to learn more about how our HealthyCommunity50 are improving health in the areas of healthy behaviors, community safety, built environment, social/economic factors and environmental exposures.

Congratulations to our Spotlight Award Winners! In January, ten winners and five honorable mentions were recognized for their progress so far in the Challenge. Visit our spotlight awards page to learn more about the awards and finalists.

Questions about the Challenge? Email us.

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HC50 Learning Network

HealthyCommunity50 finalists can log into the Learning Network to join discussions, connect with fellow finalists, get inspiration and cheer each other on!