As of this past April, the Mayor of Boston, Thomas M. Menino, has begun a fantastic program to help educate the citizens of Boston on nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle. Boston Moves For Health is an ambitious new campaign to improve the health and fitness of the city’s residents. It’s goal is to loose 1 million pounds as well as moving 10 million miles this year. In a letter addressed to the residents of the city, the Mayor had this to say about the program.
“Working together, we can reach our goal – a million pounds lost and a healthier Boston. By joining this free wellness portal, you will be able to set personal health goals, map walks and runs, find new workouts, get nutrition tips, track your progress, and team up with friends to coordinate group activities and support each other along the way… “
Colin and I LOVE this program for two reason:
1) It addresses healthy food attainability in what are called “food deserts.” A food desert is any industrialized area where fresh and healthy food is hard to obtain. Food deserts can pop up anywhere, but primarily appear in low-income urban centers with high minority populations. In most cases, there just aren’t any super markets our groceries stores willing to set up shop in these areas. Boston, just like any other urban center, has its fair share of food desserts. In these areas, residents do not have the resources to obtain fresh food, and as a result may turn to more unhealthy options for food. For example, kids living in a food desert may choose to purchase a bag chips and soda rather than an apple that’s been sitting on the shelves for far too long. By providing nutritional education and resources to these under served areas, Boston can help lower obesity rates and become an over-all healthier community.
2) This is FYSOP fusion at its finest! Not only is the city of Boston addressing nutritional education, but they are also addressing public health awareness. Aside from the food aspect, Boston Moves also provides fitness opportunities almost every day of the week. Whether its joining your neighborhood walking group or hopping on one of the Hubway rental bikes located all across the city, Bostonians have the tools they need to get up, get out, and get into shape!
You can check out the Boston Moves for Health website here: https://boston.fivi.com/
And while you’re here, check out this video of Mayor Menino talking about Boston Moves last week!
Stay hungry for change,
Jay and Colin