Be Well Berkshires was created in 2009 through Mass in Motion funding in the towns of Lee, Lenox, and Stockbridge. In 2011, Community Transformation Grant funds from the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) made it possible to expand the project to include Great Barrington and Pittsfield also. Be Well Berkshires is comprised of community leaders such as Public Health Officials, Board of Health members, Town Administrators, Nutritionists, Restaurant Owners, School Leaders and many other interested members of the communities. Be Well Berkshires was created in an attempt to combat the ongoing problem of overweight and obesity prevalence in Berkshire County by promoting healthy eating and active living. Two major initiatives that Be Well Berkshires has undertaken are creating safer routes to schools for children who want to walk and bike to school, and helping local schools implement the new state nutrition standards to improve food served during the school day. In addition, Be Well Berkshires is committed to creating a healthier built environment, by using healthy community design tactics that will help create streets and neighborhoods that are safe for everyone, including motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians.
Karen Rowe, MSW, LCSW
Project Coordinator, Be Well Berkshires
This information is provided by the Department of Public Health.