In Massachusetts, 2 out of 3 adults and 1 in 4 children are either overweight or obese. Healthy eating and active living are more important than ever before. But it’s not enough to want to be healthy - our environment plays a major role in the decisions we make.
According to Active Living Research and the National Farmers Market Coalition:
- People who live in areas with sidewalks are 47% more likely to be active for 30 minutes a day. 
- The number of children who are active outdoors is 84% higher when school yards are kept open. 
- People who live near trails are 50% more likely to meet physical activity guidelines. 
- Public transit users take 30% more steps per day than people who rely on cars. 
- Older adults engage in 3.5 times more physical activity in parks with walking loops. 
- Proximity to farmers markets is associated with lower BMI, while density of fast-food and pizza venues is associated with higher BMI. 
- Communities built with health at the center make it easier for all residents to make the healthy choice.
|Val Sullivan||Healthy Wey / Mass in Motion Coordinator||781-340-5008|