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Since 2009, Mass in Motion New Bedford (MiM NB), funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and housed at New Bedford’s Office of Housing & Community Development, has been making policy, environmental, and systems changes to encourage residents to eat healthier and be more active. Working with partners from a variety of sectors, including health care, private business, government, education, and non-profits, MiM NB’s mission is to promote healthy eating and active living throughout the city.

Current Initiatives

Food Access

Increasing access to nutritious and affordable foods, particularly in low-income, under-served neighborhoods, through:

Built Environment

Improving infrastructure and safety throughout the city to encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to walk and bike more. Specific initiatives include:

Mass in Motion Kids

This year we are evaluating the impact and success of the Mass in Motion Kids program that was implemented over the past two years, while also continuing to create effective and sustainable programs that combat and prevent childhood obesity.

Past Successes

  • City of New Bedford awarded Childhood Obesity Research Demonstration Grant (see Mass in Motion Kids for details)
  • City of New Bedford awarded 4th Municipal Wellness and Leadership Grant by MDPH
  • Mass in Motion New Bedford awarded Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation’s Growing Up Healthy grant
  • Distribution of the New Bedford Mass in Motion School Health and Wellness Resource Manual to all NB public schools, featuring the First Lady, Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” initiative
  • Adoption of the District-wide School Wellness Policies in New Bedford Public Schools in collaboration with the NBPS Health Advisory Council
  • Adoption of a Board of Health Resolution for a Healthier Community through the Built Environment and Community Design
  • Contributions to the New Bedford City Master Plan 2020 regarding public health, the built environment and opportunities for physical activity and healthy eating
  • Massachusetts Comprehensive Cancer Prevention grant awarded to VOICES for a Healthy Southcoast with ongoing policy work in physical activity, healthy eating, healthy vending, tobacco pharmacy bans, smokefree perimeters
  • New Bedford Bicycle Committee awarded a United Way of Greater New Bedford’s Community Building Mini-Grant (for bicycle safety education)
  • Collaboration with GNB Allies for Health and Wellness’ Health Equity Initiative (ongoing)
  • Greater New Bedford Health Equity Initiative launch with Federal, State and Local leaders participating
  • Greater New Bedford Health Equity Summit
  • Assisted with the Greater New Bedford Allies for Health and Wellness Community Health Assessment Report, focusing on at-risk youth, elders and intergenerational activities in the Greater New Bedford area
  • MA Dept. of Public Health Regional Health Dialogues (MiM New Bedford as presenter and participant)
  • Abraham Lincoln Elementary School Asst. Principal received “Rookie of the Year” award from MassDOT for New Bedford’s participation in International Walk to School Day
  • New Bedford Bicycle Committee members receive certification in MassRIDES: The League of American Bicyclists for Traffic Skills 101
  • Healthy Southcoast by Design 2-day workshop and tour with Mark Fenton, National Pedestrian Advocate (co-sponsored with VOICES for a Healthy Southcoast)
  • Community Health Network Legislative Breakfasts featuring Mayors Lang and Flanagan, City Leaders, state Representatives including Antonio Cabral, Paul Schmid, David Sullivan, and U.S. Congressman Barney Frank, and others, as well as renowned presenters Mark Fenton (Southcoast by Design), Tony Geraci (Food for Thought)
  • Southcoast Outdoor Network brings national author Richard Louv to New Bedford
  • AHA! Night featuring Healthy Dining New Bedford restaurants and the New Bedford Bicycle Committee
  • Invited participants/presenters at Policy Link Equity Summit (Detroit), Prevention for Health Caucus (State House, Boston); MiM Action Institute (Cape and Islands); Public Health Council (Boston); Governor Patrick/ Surgeon General’s visit to Boston (Northeastern University); CDC Comprehensive Cancer Control Forum (Atlanta), American Public Health Association (Washington DC), Ounce of Prevention (MA), others