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Healthy Initiatives


Health Initiatives


Ryan at White House Greenbelt has been designated a Let’s Move! City. Let’s Move! is a comprehensive initiative, begun by First Lady Michelle Obama, dedicated to solving the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation, so that children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams. Combining comprehensive strategies with common sense, Let’s Move! is about putting children on the path to a healthy future during their earliest years by providing information and fostering environments that support healthy choices.

As a result of this designation, the Recreation Department began a program called "Get Active Greenbelt." This program assists people of all ages to lead a more active lifestyle. Programs such as Family Fit Nights, Active Aging Week for seniors, running clubs and fitness classes for all prove to be very popular. Also, a focus was placed on our summer camp program. All camps added a health and wellness class that includes aerobic activities.

Let's Move Campaign


Greenbelt was one of 15 Maryland communities named a HEAL City. The HEAL Cities & Towns Campaign provides training and technical assistance to help city officials adopt policies that improve their community’s physical activity and retail food environments. Supporting healthy choices is essential to address the obesity epidemic among Maryland’s children and adults. 
This campaign has three initiatives: 1) Accessibility to healthy foods; 2) Accessibility to an active lifestyle; and 3) Workplace Wellness. In the next several months, policies will be introduced to achieve these initiatives.



Playful City USA is a national recognition program, sponsored by the Humana Foundation, honoring cities and towns that champion efforts to make play a priority through establishing policy initiatives, infrastructure investments and innovative programming. Greenbelt is a charter member of Playful City, having received the designation for the past ten years.


The City of Greenbelt was recognized as one of the Healthiest Maryland Businesses in 2011. The City recommends that all employees take advantage of the Employee Wellness Program. The title of the program is "Be Happy Be Healthy". This program offers lunchtime exercise classes free of charge or at a reduced rate for all employees. Activities include yoga, Zumba, volleyball and basketball. Unstructured exercise such as jogging and weight lifting is also encouraged.
As part of the Be Happy Be Healthy program, employees receive half price membership to the Greenbelt Aquatic and Fitness Center.

GAIL Activities The goal of this program is to provide information and support services to enable seniors to remain in their homes. GAIL provides information and advocacy to seniors to ensure they can access any support services for which they are eligible. GAIL partners to make available low/ no cost health related services, surplus food and counseling. There is a grant program to enable home modifications such as grab bars or ramps. GAIL was established in 2001 and is available to senior citizens residing in the City and/ or caregivers of a Greenbelt senior.

Senior ActivitiesThe City of greenbelt offers many exercise classes designed specifically for Senior Citizens. These classes cover the range from chair exercises (Ageless Grace, Stretching Beyond) to line dancing and swimming. There is at least one physical exercise class Monday-Friday and some days even have 2 or 3. So find the class that best suits you and come join us. 

Call 310.397.2208 for more information



Employee Health & Wellness Fair
The City coordinates a yearly Health & Wellness Fair ; free of charge for community residents, employees and their families. The Health & Wellness Fair event offers basic health screenings, demonstrations and information to promote healthy living.