New programs will promote the importance of staying active and developing healthy lifestyles
BOSTON– Hudson has been awarded $60K to create healthier communities through the Mass in Motion Municipal Wellness and Leadership Grant Program. The Mass in Motion Municipal Wellness and Leadership Initiative is part of a statewide effort to implement local policy, systems and environmental change to prevent and reduce obesity, chronic disease and other associated risk factors. Hudson services the areas of Marlborough, Northborough and Framingham.
“Staying active is an essential part of good health,” said Senator Eldridge (D-Acton). “This funding will help shape how residents live, work and go to school so that they can lead healthier and more productive lives. Increasing the physical activity in people of all ages, along with a healthy lifestyle is vital to the longevity and well-being of our communities.”
“Healthier residents lead to happier communities,” said Representative Tom Sannicandro (D-Ashland). “I look forward to the support Mass in Motion will be able to provide in our schools, workplaces, and beyond through their active approaches to these quality of life issues that affect us all.”
“The funding provided to the Mass In Motion Municipal Wellness and Leadership program will play a crucial role in combating serious health risks caused by the lack of nutritional knowledge and physical activity in our communities,” said Representative Harold Naughton, Jr. (D-Clinton). “Through interactions at the local level, this life-changing program will encourage residents and families to adopt healthy lifestyles and ultimately improve their quality of life.”
“In Framingham, we continue to explore ways for residents to be active during the normal course of their daily lives,” said Representative Chris Walsh (D-Framingham). “The Mass in Motion Municipal Wellness and Leadership grant to communities will allow us to implement innovative programs that encourage healthier options and quality community programs.”
“If we walk, exercise and spend more time outdoors we can create a more vibrant community – a healthier community,” said Representative Kate Hogan (D-Stow). “With this grant, the town of Hudson will promote ways to achieve an active lifestyle and suggest ways to add a nutritious diet as a part of daily life. I hope to see this program touch all age groups and neighborhoods.”
“As a cosponsor of the Mass In Motion amendment in the FY15 budget, I am thrilled that this funding will be available to the communities I represent,” said Representative Danielle Gregoire (D-Marlborough). “In order to combat some of our most chronic illnesses, such as diabetes and heart disease, it is crucial that our residents stay active and maintain healthy eating habits.”
Grantees must implement a minimum of three community-level strategies that address both healthy eating and active living. The Department of Public Health will work with the Hudson area to develop a proposal that will be unveiled during the fall.