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Community Transformation Grant

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.

MAPC’s Community Transformation Grant Website

Mass In Motion

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:

  • Mass in Motion: A Call to  Action – a Massachusetts obesity burden document.
  • Regulatory changes promoting healthy eating and physical activity, including Body Mass Index (BMI) testing of public
    school students in grades 1, 4, 7, and 10.
  • An Executive Order (EO509) by Governor Patrick which requires state agencies which provide food as part of their client and patient services to follow specific nutrition standards when purchasing and serving foods and beverages.
  • Grants to cities and towns to make wellness a priority – funding comes from five major health-funding foundations and other leading health organizations in Massachusetts.
  • The  Worksite Wellness Program, which creates environments that encourage healthy behaviors while reducing absenteeism and health insurance costs.
  • The Mass in Motion website, which features simple, cost-effective ways for residents to eat better and be more acive.
  • The MA Children at Play Initative and the 2000-Calorie Campaign, both funded by federal stimulus (ARRA) grants.