Build a Healthier City

A healthy city is a strong and resilient city. From ensuring our residents have access to healthy, affordable food to protecting our environment, Councilman Valenzuela is a strong advocate for building a healthy Phoenix.

  • Councilman Valenzuela, along with Mayor Greg Stanton and Olympic Gold Medalist Misty Hyman, has led Phoenix toward becoming the healthiest city in the country through his leadership with FitPHX, a citywide initiative. Councilman Valenzuela truly believes that building a healthy city is more than providing bike lanes and fitness equipment, but is also about encouraging residents to live healthy lifestyles, and creating a focus on childhood and adult obesity, nutrition education, access to nutritious food, and wellness-focused worksites. Follow this link to get more information on FitPHX.
  • Councilman Valenzuela is also Co-Chair of the Fast Track Cities Ad Hoc Committee. The Fast-Track Cities Initiative will allow the city of Phoenix to work toward ending AIDS as a public health threat by 2030 by building upon, strengthening, and leveraging existing HIV-related programs and resources. Fast-Track cities agree to achieve the following 90-90-90 targets by 2020:
    • 90% of people living with HIV (PLHIV) knowing their HIV status
    • 90% of PLHIV who know their HIV-positive status on antiretroviral therapy (ART)
    • 90% of PLHIV on ART achieving viral suppression
    • Zero discrimination and stigma

When this three-part target is achieved, at least 73% of all people living with HIV worldwide will be virally suppressed – a two- to three-fold increase over current rough estimates of viral suppression. Modelling suggests that achieving these targets by 2020 will enable the world to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030, which in turn will generate profound health and economic benefits.

  • Councilman Valenzuela is a member of the Valley of the Sun United Way (VSUW) Ending Hunger Leadership Council. Under the direction of VSUW, the task force is focused on developing and implementing programs that provide solutions to food insecurity in urban communities and how to improve resilience against hunger.
  • As an alternative to outdated playground equipment, Councilman Valenzuela brought the first Ninja Style Challenge Course in the city to Washington Park in District 5. The Parkour-style course, which features a variety of obstacles like those seen in the popular American Ninja Warrior competition, was made possible through a $100,000 grant from Fiesta Bowl Charities. The course, which is designed for adults and children age 12 and older, combines climbing, balance and strength obstacles within a safe and accessible park setting. Course users can time their workout using a GameTime app.
  • In the Spring of 2017 Councilman Valenzuela began a partnership with Double Up Food Bucks Arizona and Pinnacle Prevention to address food deserts in the Maryvale Community by working with Champion PR + Consulting to bring a new pilot farmers market to El Oso Park in District 5. The new market is part of an effort to increase access to healthy food for Arizonans who live in food deserts. The market brings fresh produce to residents in Maryvale who may otherwise have limited options for health food in the area.

​​Related statements:

Vice Mayor Valenzuela, Arizona Fair Share Education Fund Urge Valley to Ban Hunger Over the Holidays​​

Phoenix's First Smo​ke-Free Park

FitPHX Launches WalkPHX with First Walk at Maryvale Park

​​FitPHX Business Awards Recognize Businesses for Healthy Worksites Training​

National Group Honors Councilman Valenzuela for FitPHX

Vice Mayor Gates and Councilman Valenzuela Host Golf Tourney at Palo Verde

Councilman Valenzuela's Statement Regarding Feds Approval of Access to Care Ordinance

Councilman Valenzuela and Team Awesome Team Up for Second Annual Food Drive

Councilman Valenzuela's Statement on Access to Care Ordinance