Posted by John Jacob, a health communications writer and editor at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Hearty DPH congratulations go out to our partners in the cities of Cambridge and Fall River, who today received the inaugural Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Roadmaps to Health Prize. Kudos also go out to the city of Somerville for being named a finalist in the competition. The Roadmaps to Health prize honors community partnerships across the nation which are helping people live healthier lives. You can learn more about the Roadmaps to Health prize here.
In receiving these honors, Cambridge and Fall River show that Massachusetts is leading the nation in communities making changes at the local level. Today’s news is especially significant when you consider the Foundation awarded only six Roadmaps to Health prizes in the entire United States! You can read more about the exciting work underway in Cambridge here, and in Fall River here.
The extra good news is that these two cities are not alone in their commitment to creating positive change at the local level. They’re joined by 50 other Mass in Motion communities working together to make the healthy choice the easy choice in Massachusetts. Mass in Motion is a statewide network of communities providing residents with opportunities to eat better and move more in the places they live, learn, work, and play. Learn more about Mass in Motion here.
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