Let’s Get Healthy, Boston!

Let’s Get Healthy, Boston! is a $5.4 million, 3-year grant funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through the Partnerships Improving Community Health (PICH) initiative to reduce the burden of chronic disease by addressing the health behavior risks of tobacco exposure, poor nutrition and lack of physical activity.  The Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) will lead the initiative in partnership with the Boston Alliance for Community Health (BACH). Harvard Prevention Research Center (HPRC) will evaluate the project.

Let’s Get Healthy, Boston! aims to create sustainable voluntary policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) changes in the neighborhoods and organizations where Bostonians spend their daily lives so that healthier choices are the easier choices for individuals to make. PSE changes are not programs or services for individuals. Let’s Get Healthy, Boston! builds on Boston’s strong record of collaborative initiatives over the last decade to implement policy, systems, and environmental changes addressing chronic disease risk factors. It includes strategies that operate at multiple levels: citywide; focused approaches that reach low-income residents and public school students; and neighborhood-specific initiatives in Mattapan and North Dorchester.

The project focuses on three work areas:

  1. Active Transportation
  2. Healthy Food & Beverage Promotion
  3. Smoke-Free Housing

Let’s Get Healthy, Boston! will focus on PSE improvements that can be achieved through voluntary (non-regulatory) changes made by organizations and businesses within specific sectors, discussed in more detail below. PSE improvements will be sought citywide, with a goal of the cumulative changes affecting 75% of Boston’s population by 2017. Additionally, in alignment with CDC requirements, LGHB! has designated two neighborhoods, Mattapan and North Dorchester, that experience disproportionate burden of chronic disease, as priority neighborhoods in which to achieve selected PSE improvements.

Let’s Get Healthy, Boston! strategies’ for Boston are:

  • Access to Physical Activity Opportunities through Active Transportation (Walking and Biking) – Goal: Increase the number of people with opportunities to walk or bike safely as part of their commute (including to school), reaching up to 185,000 residents.
  • Healthy Food and Beverage Access – Goal: Increase the number of people with better access to environments with healthy food and beverage options, reaching up to 600,000 residents.
  • Smoke-Free Housing – Goal: Increase the number of housing units in the city that are designated smoke-free, reaching up to 62,000 residents.

To learn more about Let’s Get Healthy, Boston! Please contact Tamika R. Francis at tfrancis@bostonalliance.org.

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