Director, Community Development
Monday - Wednesday
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
8:00 am - 6:30 pm
8:00 am - 12:30 pm
Overweight and obesity are significant public health issues within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Cape Ann. To address this significant public health problem, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health launched Mass in Motion
in January 2009. Mass in Motion aims to promote wellness and to prevent overweight and obesity in Massachusetts
– with a particular focus on the importance of healthy eating and physical activity.
In 2009, Gloucester was selected to receive one of 10 Mass in Motion grants. In its first year, the City: (1) created the Get Fit Gloucester!
Partnership, (2) conducted a community-wide assessment of the physical and food environments in Gloucester and (3) drafted a Community Action Plan.
In 2014, Gloucester joined with Manchester-by-the-Sea, Essex, and Rockport to transform 'Get Fit Gloucester!' into a regional effort now called "Mass in Motion-Cape Ann" to combat obesity and chronic disease.
Mass in Motion-Cape Ann includes civic leaders, City and school staff, community organizations, medical providers, and businesses working together to increase opportunities for families to be more active and have access to healthier foods.
Partners work to build community awareness of the increasing prevalence of obesity and the associated health risks in order to inspire community-wide environmental changes that will support more active lifestyles and increase the availability of healthy and affordable foods. The overall goals of Mass in Motion-Cape Ann
include increasing rates of physical activity of all types and consumption of healthier foods; these goals will be achieved through efforts to create more accessible and enjoyable options for physical activity, especially walking and bicycling and to increase access to - and appreciation of - healthy and affordable foods including locally or regionally harvested foods.
For more information or to get involved with the Mass in Motion-Cape Ann program, contact Stephen Winslow.