Cambridge is a national leader in implementing policies, laws, and urban planning projects that support good health. As of March 2012, a new winter farmers’ market was established by the Cambridge Community Center - a member of the Food and Fitness Policy Council and partner of Cambridge in Motion. Cambridge in Motion is also updating Pedestrian and bicycle plans, which includes the installation of 175 bike racks and addition of 6,255 yards of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant sidewalks. In the spring of 2012 the City of Cambridge joined Hubway, the bike share program. Photovoice is being used among Cambridge youth to help them identify areas and infrastructure that need improvements to create safer walking and biking areas. Cambridge in Motion is also helping local schools implement the new state nutrition standards, working with local corner stores as part of the Healthy Markets initiative, and partnering with local farmers markets to expand the acceptance of SNAP benefits to make fresh fruits and vegetables more affordable to lower-income residents.
In addition, Cambridge, served by the Somerville Board of Health 6 City Tobacco/Alcohol Initiative, receives CTG funding to implement smoke-free multi-family housing initiatives.
Josefine (Jose) Wendel
Cambridge Public Health Department
This information is provided by the Department of Public Health.