The Community Transformation Grant (CTG) is a five year $1.6 million grant awarded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is designed to help communities tackle the root causes of chronic disease such as smoking, poor diet and lack of physical activity, with an additional focus on reducing health disparities among lower-income Americans, racial and ethnic minorities, and other underserved populations that often have higher rates of disease. As a Community Transformation Grantee, Middlesex County will demonstrate improvements in body mass index, nutrition, physical activity, tobacco control, and emotional well-being. The CTG funding expands the Mass in Motion program, Massachusetts’ state-wide obesity prevention initiative, to 12 communities within Middlesex County.
Launched in 2009 by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Mass in Motion is a state-wide obesity prevention initiative that stresses the importance of healthy eating and physical activity. Key elements of this initiative are: