Mass in Motion - Cape Ann - Active and Healthy Families Initiative

Mass in Motion - Cape Ann’s Mission

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What is Mass in Motion?

The Mass in Motion Municipal Wellness and Leadership Initiative is a movement to lower the risk of chronic disease by supporting equitable food access and active living opportunities in cities and towns throughout Massachusetts. Working with a diverse network of partners, Mass in Motion Communities implement proven policies and practices to create environments that support healthy living.


 Who is Cape Ann Mass in Motion?

Led by the City of Gloucester Health Department and funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health the Cape Ann Mass in Motion coalition is comprised of Gloucester, Rockport, Essex and Manchester-by-the-sea. Those involved in the coalition work to advance policy, systems, and environmental change as it relates to healthy food access and active living for all members of our community.  Contact Jennifer Donnelly, Grant Coordinator | Cape Ann Mass in Motion for more information or to get involved in our coalition.  

What are we working on?

 Active Transportation

Active Transportation Planning helps municipalities establish processes that support walking, biking, and the use of public transportation, and identifies where related infrastructure should be built. Higher rates of physical activity related to active transportation options can reduce rates of chronic disease and create safer community environments. *1

*1 - "CDC Transportation Recommendations," Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2017), CDC Transportation.

Cape Ann Mass in Motion is focused on gaining support within the region to explore the potential of having a regional bike master plan created which will allow for a thoughtful approach to bike topics such as connectivity, bike infrastructure and emerging bike share and multi modal concepts.

Passionate about bike and pedestrian issues on Cape Ann?

Join our work group 

Food Planning

Food planning helps municipalities build infrastructure and create processes that promote access to healthy, affordable foods.

Cape Ann Mass in Motion is working to reduce sugar consumption of youth in our communities.  We are looking to partner with food establishments in the region and to remove sugar sweetened beverages as an automatic inclusion on kids’ menus.

Passionate about keeping children on Cape Ann healthy?

Join our sugary drink work group