Mass in Motion - Springfield, MA
Mass in Motion is a statewide initiative that works to promote health and wellness and prevent overweight and obesity, with a specific focus on healthy eating and physical activity.
In 2009, Mass in Motion gave grants to ten cities in Massachusetts to work to improve policy and environmental change strategies around nutrition and physical activity to improve the health of residents. The governing body of Springfield's Mass in Motion is the Springfield Wellness Leadership Council (SWLC), which is composed of community leaders and decision-makers.
After a city-wide assessment looking at gaps in policies around physical activity and nutrition, the SWLC decided to focus its efforts in two areas. The first initiative works to improve the nutritional stardards of food sold in municipal vending machines. The second is to create joint-use agreements between public schools and colleges so that the public has more safe, free spaces to be physically active.
Mass in Motion Initiative is uniquely and generously supported by: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation, the Boston Foundation, the Harvard Pilgrim Health Foundation, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the MetoWest Community HealthCare Foundation, and Tufts Plan Foundation.
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