Mass in Motion Steering Committee

What we do

The Mass in Motion Steering Committee works to promote healthy eating and active living in the region. Its membership includes town administrators and public health officials, hospital and community health center staff, land and transportation planners, and public school and higher education staff.

Mass in Motion

The Communities That Care Coalition implements the Mass in Motion initiative for Franklin County. It works locally to increase opportunities for Franklin County and North Quabbin residents to eat better and move more in the places they live, learn, work, and play. Franklin County is among 52 cities and towns throughout the Commonwealth that are part of the MA Department of Public Health’s Mass in Motion Municipal Wellness and Leadership Program.

Through Mass in Motion, the Communities That Care Coalition is: 

  • Supporting towns in developing Complete Streets Prioritization Plans. 
  • Increasing the purchase and consumption of locally sourced foods by institutional food services including schools, hospitals, jail, Meals on Wheels, nursing homes, and GCC. 
  • Working with the Department of Transitional Assistance, the Food Bank of Western MA and other partners to promote the Healthy Incentives Program (HIP).

Expanded Mass in Motion

Franklin County is one of four Massachusetts communities selected to receive expanded Mass in Motion funding for chronic disease prevention (other communities are Hampshire County, Springfield and Fall River). This funding comes from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control as part of a nationwide effort to study community strategies for chronic disease prevention. It focuses on serving populations with barriers to health, including people with low incomes, seniors, people of color, and people with disabilities. A comprehensive workplan for expanded Mass in Motion seeks to increase access to healthy food and physical activity and to build connections between clinical care and the community.

Report on Local School Initiatives to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity

CTC’s Healthy Bodies, Active Minds reports on best practices to promote healthy eating and physical activity in school. The report summarizes practices recommended by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), highlights initiatives in local schools that are in keeping with CDC recommendations, and provides resources for implementing best practices. Accompanying the report is an inventory of local schools’ current efforts to improve nutrition, boost physical activity, and attend to student wellness.