Since 2011, Title IX Girls Running Club in conjunction with the City of Cambridge and the Food and Fitness Policy Council, has been an instrumental partner in making physical activity widely available to children and adults throughout the community. Healthy communities are built through thoughtful community planning. A clear dialogue between public health, city planners, management, non-profit organizations and residents is necessary to ensure that opportunities for physical activity and access to fresh food available to all. The Food and Fitness Policy Council reports to the City Manager.

The goal of the Cambridge Food and Fitness Policy Council is to promote health through improving access for all residents to healthy and culturally appropriate foods and physical activity.

 

OBJECTIVES

Improve access to healthy culturally appropriate, fresh foods, including locally grown food, with a focus on residents who have less access and limited financial resources.

Facilitate access to food and fitness though coordination and networking among city and school departments, organizations and business.

Improve access to food and fitness by facilitating education through city and school programs, organizations, business and the public.

For more information about ongoing projects related to Infrastructure Development, Policy Development, Community Engagement and Communication and Education, please visit cambridgepublichealth.org.

 

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

The Cambridge Food and Fitness Policy Council has been recognized as a 2015 “Bright Idea” in government by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Here is a short summary of FFPC entry on the Ash Center website: The Cambridge Food and Fitness Policy Council represents a major step forward in addressing obesity at the municipal level. The council catalyzes action around policies, systems, and practices that make healthful, affordable, and culturally appropriate foods and fitness options available to more residents, especially low-income and immigrant residents. The Cambridge Food and Fitness Policy Council represents a major step forward in addressing obesity at the municipal level. The council catalyzes action around policies, systems, and practices that make healthful, affordable, and culturally appropriate foods and fitness options available to more residents, especially low-income and immigrant residents.