Evanston Wins “City Livability” Award

U.S. Conference of Mayors presents Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl with an award recognizing the city’s “Women out Walking” program.

Evanston was recently recognized by the U.S. Conference of Mayors annual “City Livability” awards for its women’s fitness program. 

In the 12-week “Women Out Walking” program, participants track their steps, walk together regularly, attend workshops on health education and take part in several other physical activities, including tai chi and belly dancing. 

“This best practices model shows now, more than ever, that mayors are committed to improving our cities and neighborhoods through increased access to healthy lifestyles and fitness initiatives,” Jocelyn Bogen, Director of the U.S. Conference of Mayors City Livability Awards Program said in a release. “The judges were impressed by Mayor Tisdahl’s leadership and felt that this program exemplifies the partnership between city government and citizens to bring about a positive change and improve the quality of life.”

More than 230 cities submitted applications to the awards program this year, according to Bogen. Evanston was one of three cities with populations of 100,000 or less that garnered honorable mentions. Top awards went to Louisville, KY, where the mayor challenged citizens to set the record for volunteering and public service, and to West Palm Beach, FL, which created a year-long program designed to combat unemployment. (A full list of winners can be found on the group’s website.)

“The U.S. Conference of Mayors is one of the most respected groups in the country,” Mayor Tisdahl said in the release. “We are honored to have been chosen for this award.” 

Evanston’s Women Out Walking program has served approximately 3,500 women in its four years of existence, according to the city. The program begins in March and runs through the end of June.




Kim Fisher July 18, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Congratulations to the city, and especially Jonathan Webb, for a fabulous award. Another reason to love Evanston!
Richard Schulte July 19, 2012 at 05:35 PM
I lived in Evanston since September 1983. A few months ago, I left Evanston and moved to northwest Florida-the "redneck" part of Florida. Wish I'd left Evanston for Florida 20 years ago. Aside from the wonderful (nice) people that live here (as compared with to the folks who live in Evanston), the personal income tax rate is 0 percent. It's just so much more relaxed and peaceful here. Sorry Evanston, you're not even competive.


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