Obesity has become a state and national epidemic. Two out of three Massachusetts adults are either overweight or obese, and one in four children are overweight or obese. In 2008, Governor Deval Patrick released a Call to Action file size 2MB , which documents the extent of the obesity epidemic in Massachusetts, its consequences, and efforts to tackle it.
To address this significant public health problem, Massachusetts launched Mass in Motion in January 2009. This included a workplace wellness program, Executive Order 509, and grants to cities and towns to help them build policies, systems and environments that promoted wellness and healthy living.
From 2008-2010, Mass in Motion funded 14 cities and towns throughout the state to make wellness initiatives a priority at the community level. Funding for these grants came from the five major health-funding foundations and other leading health organizations in the Commonwealth. In 2011, the MA Department of Public Health received funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under the Community Transformation Grant Program. Thanks to this federal award, DPH now funds 33 Mass in Motion programs covering 52 Massachusetts cities and towns and 33% of the state population.
This information is provided by the Department of Public Health.