Community - Statewide

Ounce of Prevention Conference

Presented by: The MA Department of Public Health
Date: Tuesday, April 12th, 2016 
Location: DCU Center, 50 Foster Street, Worcester, MA 01608
Register: Ounce of Prevention
Details: The annual conference continues to be a great opportunity to bring together stakeholders from across the Commonwealth working to create healthier and more equitable communities.

Food for Good: Cultivating Sustainable Solutions to Hunger in Massachusetts Conference

Presented by: UMASS Amherst
Date: Friday, October 30, 2015, 8:30am-4:00pm
Location: University of Massachusetts Amherst, Murray D. Lincoln Campus Center, 1 Campus Center Way, Amherst, MA 01003

Active Streets, Healthy Families, Equitable Communities

Date: Monday, May 11, 2015
Time: 11am-12pm
Location: State House, Room 222
Description: Learn how improving access to safe and affordable transportation choices, including public transit, walking, and biking can help combat health inequities and expand access to opportunity. Discuss how the new Complete Streets Funding Program and the Mass in Motion initiative can support these goals.
Sponsored by: Senator Jason Lewis, Senator Harriette Chandler, Representative Antonio Cabral

Ounce of Prevention Conference

Date: Tuesday, April 7th, 2015 – 10:00am- 4:00pm
Location: DCU Center, 50 Foster Street, Worcester, MA 01608
Register: Ounce of Prevention

Ounce of Prevention, Working Together for Healthier Communities, is a statewide conference designed to bring together a wide range of stakeholders in support of healthier and more equitable communities in Massachusetts.

Celebrate Bike to School Day on May 7th

Presented by: National Center for Safe Routes to School
Date: Wednesday, May 7th
Location: Check with your local school to see if they are participating this year.
Details: The first-ever National Bike to School Day took place on May 9, 2012, in coordination with the League of American Bicyclists’ National Bike Month. Almost 1,000 local events in 49 states and the District of Columbia joined together to encourage children to safely bicycle or walk to school.

Ways To Participate

1. Bicycle from Home

Great for: Students and families who live close enough to bicycle to school on a route that’s appropriate for these modes.
How it’s done: Encourage students and their families to bicycle to school. They might join other families and form groups in their neighborhoods to travel to school together.  This is the essence of Bike to School Days.

2. Designated Starting Points

Great for:  Families who live too far to bicycle, families with limited routes for bicycling, bus riders and children with disabilities.
How it’s done: Identify one or more locations where students and their families will gather to bike to school together or where families can park and make their way to school when they’re ready.  Have a parade, park and ride and stride…the sky’s the limit!

3. Bike At School

Great for: Families who live too far to bicycle, families with limited routes for bicycling, bus riders, children with disabilities and times when few parents can participate.
How it’s done:  Bike at school during an assembly, recess or as part of a class activity. Sometimes student aftercare providers will get involved by bicycling from school to the after-school facility. These events can foster a lifelong appreciation for bicycling and develop important safety skills.  They’re also the easiest way to include every student.

Boston Local Food Festival

Presented by: Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts
Date: October 7, 2012, 11am – 5pm
Location: The Rose Kennedy Greenway
Details: This food festival promotes the joys of eating local food and includes local farmers, some of the best restaurants in New England, specialty foods, Fishstock and a “Seafood Throwdown”, Meat Cutting Demos and Chef Demos. The “Do-It-Yourself” (DIY) educational component allows amateur and professionals the opportunity to showcase their skills with festival-goers.
Category: Statewide

Moving Together 2012: Mode Shift to a Healthier State

Presented by: MassDOT
Date:October 17, 2012, 7:45AM – 4:00PM
Location: Boston Sheraton Hotel, 39 Dalton Street, Boston, MA
Details: Learn and collaborate about healthy transportation at MassDOT’s annual statewide bicycling and walking conference. Participants will include: local, state, regional and national officials, community leaders, planners, engineers, landscape architects, public health experts, environmental professionals, walking and bicycling advocates, educators, and consultants from across the state.

Healthy Communities by Design with Mark Fenton (Webinar)

Presented by: Mark Fenton, public health, planning, and transportation consultant
Date: Monday, October 22, 2012, 2:00PM – 3:00PM
Location: Online webinar
Register for the webinar:
Details: Communities are buzzing about the concept of “healthy communities by design”, the idea of combating obesity by making the healthy choice the easy choice. This webinar will introduce strategies to increase physical activity through better community design.  The webinar will feature Mark Fenton –  a public health, planning, and transportation consultant who is trying to help America find its way to more active and more livable cities, towns, and neighborhoods. He works with organizations and communities around the country to build environments, policies, and programs that help to create places where more people walk, bicycle, and take transit more of the time.

Food Day MA

Coordinated By: MA Department of Agricultural Resources
Date: October 24, 2012
Details: Food Day is a nationwide celebration and a movement toward more healthy, affordable, and sustainable food. Find a food day event in your town or list your food day event.

Let’s Move! Active Schools call with First Lady Michelle Obama

Presented by: U.S. Department of Education
Date: Tuesday, March 19, 2013, either 1:15PM ET or 1:30PM ET
Location: Phone call
Register for the call to: and specify which of the two calls you plan to attend. Call-in info will be provided upon RSVP.
Details: “First Lady Michelle Obama recently joined organizations from across sectors to launch Let’s Move! Active Schools, a comprehensive effort to bring physical activity back to America’s schools. Everyone has a role to play in helping our students lead healthy, active lifestyles – and this program encourages leadership and collaboration at every level.”

Join the U.S. Department of Education for a chance to hear directly from First Lady Michelle Obama about Let’s Move! Active Schools and how physical activity is benefiting schools and students across the country.They will host two, separate calls for the following groups:
1:15 PM ET: School Administrators & Boards
1:30 PM ET: Principals, Teachers, Staff, Parents, Community-based Partners.

2013 Massachusetts Bike/Walk Summit

Coordinated By: Mass in Motion and WalkBoston
Date: Thursday, April 11th, 10:00am-1:00pm
Register here:
Details: Educate your elected officials to make walking and biking safer by attending the 2013 Massachusetts Bike/Walk Summit in Nurses Hall at the State House. Community members from around the state gather in the State House to network and educate legislators about making biking and walking safer.

Webinar: Maximizing District-wide Impact of Safe Routes to School

Hosted by: Safe Routes to School
Date: Thursday, April 18th, 2013, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EDT
Location: Online webinar
Register here:
Join the Safe Routes to Schools coalition for this hour long webinar where we’ll explore strategies that district transportation departmetns currently are employing to include walking and bicycling to school in their day to day work.

Massachusetts Walk and Bike to School Day

Date: Wednesday, May 1st, 2013
Details: Governor Deval Patrick has proclaimed the first Wednesday in May to be Massachusetts Walk and Bike to School Day, an annual statewide event dedicated to getting children making healthy choices and exercising more.

Food Hubs and Farm to School – a National Good Food Network webinar

Presented by: National Good Food Network
Date: Thursday, October 17, 2013, 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM EDT
Location: Online webinar
Register for the webinar:
Details: Farm to school programs have been very successful at getting good, healthy, local, whole foods to our nation’s students. Food hubs hold great promise for filling a gap some programs have found. It is difficult to add aggregation logistics on top of already-taxed school food service professionals. Food hubs hold great promise for bridging that gap. Join us for some inspiring examples of successful food hub-assisted farm to school programs.

Moving Together 2013

Presented by: MassDOT
Date:October 23, 2013, 7:45AM – 4:00PM
Location: Boston Park Plaza Hotel, 50 Park Plaza, Boston, MA
Details: Moving Together 2013, MassDOT’s annual statewide Healthy Transportation conference, adds a prominent new partner: transit. As the conference theme states, Transit + Walking + Bicycling = Mobility.Participants will include: local, state, regional and national officials, community leaders, planners, engineers, landscape architects, public health experts, environmental professionals, walking and bicycling advocates, educators, and consultants from across the state. Among the scheduled speakers are:

•    Richard A. Davey, Secretary & CEO, MassDOT
•    Thomas P. Glynn,
CEO & Executive Director, Massport
•    Gregory Bialecki,
Secretary, Housing and Economic Development
•    Richard K. Sullivan Jr.,
Secretary, Energy & Environmental Affairs
Register: Register on-line at or call the Baystate Roads Program at (413) 577-2762.

Employer Wellness Café Best Practices in Worksite Wellness Discussion

Hosted by: Worksite Wellness Council of Massachusetts
Date: Tuesday, November 19th, 7:30am-10:30am
Location: 404 Wyman Street, Waltham, MA, 02451
Details: So, what is a Wellness Café? It’s a less formal, discussion-based learning environment that allows for free conversation around wellness to foster new ideas, insights, and relationships that can address real life issues impacting health and wellness. Join your peers in this interactive, group discussion hosted by the Worksite Wellness Council of Massachusetts (WWCMA) and facilitated by Aon Hewitt’s national clinical solutions and health improvement team. Participate in this “Wellness Cafe” to learn award-winning strategies and best practices on the following topics:

1. The business case for improving employee health and well-being.
2. Workplace wellness program critical success factors.
3. New research on the use of wellness incentives and behavioral economics to drive employee engagement and motivate behavior change.
4. Local employer wellness challenges and success stories.

Cost: $20
Registration: Click here to register.

Healthy Haitian Recipe Contest “Big Night” Celebration

Hosted by:  The Center for Community Health Education and Research (CCHER)
Sponsored by: National Reach Council
Date: Friday, December 6th, 5:30pm-8:00pm
Location: CCHER, 420 Washington Street, Dorchester, MA 02125
Details: The Center for Community Health Education and Research (CCHER) has been sponsored by the National Reach Council to conduct a variety of events and activities to promote active living and healthy eating in the Haitian Community in Boston, MA.

The activities included educational trainings, television shows with cooking demonstrations, and a healthy recipe competition.  The competition was to motivate members of the community to submit their recipes for traditional Haitian dishes.

A panel of judges will be picking out the three recipes that demonstrate the best examples of how a traditional Haitian meal can be a part of a healthy diet as well as recipes that can best overcome barriers to eating healthfully (time, cost, convenience) as well as taste!  All the recipes have been reviewed by a nutritionist from the Boston Public Health Commission.  On the night of the celebration, refreshments will be served including the top 3 entrees selected to receive prizes.  The Healthy Haitian Booklet will be made available to all attendees as well.  This booklet will contain all the submissions that met the requirement set by the committee.

Contact: Archange Polynice, Project Coordinator, 617-265-0628
Register here:  


MA Small Business Wellness Tax Credit Webinar

Hosted by: Advancing Wellness
Date: Friday, December 13th, 2013, 11:00 AM – 12:00PM EST
Location: Online webinar
Register here:
Don’t miss the opportunity to let the Commonwealth of Massachusetts pay 25% of your wellness program. Small businesses can qualify for up to $10,000 in tax credits. The webinar will review the details of the wellness tax credit and cover who qualifies, how to apply, what program has to be in place in 2014 to receive the tax credit, and what expenses will qualify for the credit.