What is Mass in Motion?

Mass in Motion is a statewide movement that promotes opportunities for healthy eating and active living in the places people live, learn, work and play. Franklin County’s Mass in Motion initiative is part of the Communities That Care Coalition, which is co-hosted by the Partnership for Youth, a program of the FRCOG. A newly-formed Steering Committee held its first meeting November 9th and will meet quarterly. It will track progress on our nutrition and physical activity outcomes, and strategies associated with making healthy choices easier in our region. The Steering Committee is still welcoming new members, especially people who represent smaller towns. If you are interested, please contact Rachel Stoler at rstoler@frcog.org.

As part of the expanded Mass in Motion initiative, the FRCOG offered a pilot pedestrian “Wayfinding” project in one town in Franklin County, and the Steering Committee awarded the project to the Town of Montague. The Town will receive assistance in the form of mapping and signage for a public walking route to encourage walking as both exercise and a way to get to places of interest and importance. Signs will make the walking route easier to navigate, and will identify destinations and delineate the time it takes to walk to each location. Destinations may include community landmarks, downtown centers, transit stations/stops, institutions, healthy markets, community centers, and other places of interest Montague residents interested in the project can contact Walter Ramsay, Town Planner at planner@montague-ma.gov.

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