Mass in Motion New Bedford – promoting better nutrition among the people who live, work and visit the City of New Bedford

Promoting Better Nutrition in New BedfordHealthy Dining New Bedford (Facebook), a New Bedford Mass in Motion initiative, is a voluntary program dedicated to providing simple, healthy nutritious lifestyle options. Our goal is to make the healthy choice the easy choice. Our City celebrates our diverse ethnic community and enjoys a variety of excellent restaurants for all to enjoy, but consumers may be overwhelmed with so many food choices. In order to promote better nutrition among the people who live, work and visit the City of New Bedford, Mass in Motion has launched a voluntary Healthy Dining New Bedford Program. Any restaurant that offers nutritious meal options and seating in a healthy environment is eligible to participate.

To achieve a Healthy Dining New Bedford status, restaurants must complete a simple, one-page application, which includes providing current menus (both adult and children) that show offerings such as: vegetables/fruits as side dishes; indicating gluten-free, vegan, reduced salt/sugar; offering portions in smaller sizes; carrying local/seasonal menu items; water or low-fat milk for children, etc. Restaurant will be asked to meet at least four Healthy Dining criteria for adults and three criteria for children. In addition, restaurants must be in compliance with all New Bedford and State Health Department sanitary codes and all applicable licensing and permit provisions. To receive an application contact Pauline Hamel or Kim Ferreira at

Successful applicants will receive a Healthy Dining New Bedford window decal and recognition for their efforts, including access to free marketing materials and promotional events throughout the year!

Look for the Healthy Dining New Bedford decals around the City, and be sure to patronize our HDNB restaurants! Healthy Dining New Bedford seeks to promote healthy eating among all people who live, work, visit and play in the City of New Bedford. For a current list of Healthy Dining restaurants click here.