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In Massachusetts, 2 out of 3 adults and 1 in 4 children are either overweight or obese. Healthy eating and active living are more important than they’ve ever been before. But it’s not enough to want to be healthy – our environments play a major role in the decisions we make. Communities built with health at the center of the plans can make the healthy choice, the easy choice for community members.

Mass in Motion Municipal Wellness and Leadership Program

Mass in Motion is a statewide movement to prevent obesity in Massachusetts by increasing opportunities for healthy eating and active living in the places we live, learn, work, and play. Our Mass in Motion communities make healthier choices easier for everyone by:

  • Increasing access to local fresh foods through farmers markets and community gardens, and working with food retailers to offer healthy, affordable food and drink options
  • Building and expanding open spaces, safer parks, playgrounds and other places to be active
  • Creating safe neighborhoods with new sidewalks, bike lanes, walkable paths that make roads safe for all users 

Through Mass in Motion, we are helping Massachusetts eat better, move more, and live well.

Find out more about the Mass in Motion Community Program.


This information is provided by the Department of Public Health.