About the Initiative

Communities across the country are struggling with high levels of obesity and the chronic diseases that go along with being overweight. It’s no different for the residents of Framingham, Hudson, Marlborough, and Northborough where many find it difficult to maintain a healthy weight through diet and regular physical activity. These factors contribute to a nearly 20 percent obesity rate here.

To begin to address the problem, Framingham, Hudson, Marlborough, and Northborough have formed a partnership collectively known as MetroWest Moves, which will work to create supportive environments where residents have access to healthy, affordable food and places to be physically active.

Since unhealthy behaviors threaten not just the well-being of individuals, but ultimately have negative economic consequences for communities, it makes sense to seek community-wide solutions. This initiative will address the systems that lead to unhealthy environments, in order to create long-lasting changes leading to healthy neighborhoods.

Neighborhoods that support healthy choices help prevent obesity and its effects, such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes. To achieve healthy neighborhoods requires change in both the food environment—how and where food is grown, distributed, and sold—and the physical environment—how neighborhoods are built and how the transportation systems serve them.

Our Mission: To facilitate opportunities for people who live, work, and play in Framingham, Hudson, Marlborough, and Northborough to engage in healthy eating and active, smoke-free living.

Our Vision: The communities of Framingham, Hudson, Marlborough, and Northborough will be measurably transformed so that healthy eating and active, smoke-free living will be the way of life for all residents.

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