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Mass in Motion - Cape Ann's Mission
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Jennifer Donnelly
Grant Coordinator Cape Ann Mass in Motion City of Gloucester | Health Department

Gloucester, MA  01930

Ph: 978-325-5274

Mon 8:00am - 2:00pm
Tues 9:00am - 1:00pm
Wed 9:00am - 1:30pm
Fri 8:00am - 12:30pm

What is Mass in Motion?

The Mass in Motion Municipal Wellness and Leadership Initiative is a movement to lower the risk of chronic disease by supporting equitable food access and active living opportunities in cities and towns throughout Massachusetts. Working with a diverse network of partners, Mass in Motion Communities implement proven policies and practices to create environments that support healthy living.

Who is Cape Ann Mass in Motion?

Led by the City of Gloucester Health Department Cape Ann Mass in Motion is part of a statewide movement to prevent obesity in Massachusetts by increasing opportunities for healthy eating and active living in the places we live, learn, work, and play. The communities of Gloucester, Rockport, Essex, and Manchester-by-the-Sea make up our regional partnership as we look to improve health for all on Cape Ann. Those involved in our work of advancing policy, systems, and environmental change include municipal leaders, individuals from community, non-profit, schools, business and healthcare sectors, and citizen activists.  

What is Cape Ann Mass in Motion Working on for Fiscal Year 2019?

Active Transportation 

Active Transportation Planning helps municipalities establish processes that support walking, biking, and the use of public transportation, and identifies where related infrastructure should be built. Higher rates of physical activity related to active transportation options can reduce rates of chronic disease and create safer community environments. *1

*1 - “CDC Transportation Recommendations,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2017), https://www.cdc.gov/transportation/default.htm

Age Friendly Communities

Age Friendly Communities consider livability through an “8-80” approach— designing a community to be safe and livable for seniors will also benefit people of all ages.
It supports the belief that “communities should provide safe, walkable streets; age-friendly housing and transportation options; access to needed services; and opportunities for residents of all ages to participate in community life.” *2

*2 “Livable Communities: About Us,” AARP (2017), http://www.aarp.org/livable-communities/about/ 

Food Planning

Food planning helps municipalities build infrastructure and create processes that promote access to healthy, affordable foods.

Want to get involved?

Cape Ann Mass in Motion is looking for residents of Rockport, Essex and Manchester-by-the-Sea to participate in a community garden interest survey. If you reside in one of these three communities please share your opinion before February 28, 2019. 

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