Posted by John Jacob, a health communications writer and editor at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health
This week, DPH Interim Commissioner Dr. Lauren Smith visited our Mass in Motion partners Revere on the Move, a community coalition that’s working to make the seaside city of Revere a more healthy and vibrant place to live. Dr. Smith met with members of the ROTM Task Force to celebrate their successes, listen to their concerns, and find out more about some of the exciting initiatives taking place in their city.
During the last couple of years Revere on the Move has been the leading force behind an impressive mix of food initiatives that has increased access to healthy, affordable foods in the community as well as in schools. The growth of the Revere Beach Farmers Market, and the launch of the city’s first Community Garden on the grounds of the High School, are just two of the many programs that the Task Force has championed.
Revere on the Move has also been working hard to improve the physical environment in ways that promote active living – such as the Adopt-A-Park Program, Safe Routes to School and working with Metropolitan Area Planning Commission (MAPC) to create a bicycle and pedestrian plan for the city. All of these efforts serve the overarching goal of helping people to eat better and move more where they live, work, study, and play.
Dr. Smith congratulated Task Force members for all of the vitally important work that they’ve undertaken to transform their community and improve people’s lives – efforts which she described as inspirational.
Dr. Smith also answered questions from Task Force members on current DPH initiatives on a wide range of fronts to prevent disease and promote public health, including current efforts to reduce rates of tobacco use in the Commonwealth by raising the tax on cigarettes and other tobacco products.
Congratulations to our community partners in Revere, and to all of our Mass in Motion partners for the work they do in promoting healthy eating and physical activity in cities and towns across Massachusetts!