The Cambridge Food and Fitness Policy Council was established in 2011 to make healthy foods and fitness opportunities available to more residents.
The council, led by the Cambridge Public Health Department, represents a major step forward in creating a comprehensive approach for addressing obesity at the municipal level. It is also an opportunity for city and community partners to join together to achieve common goals—namely reducing diet-related chronic diseases and hunger.
A 2011 report on the Cambridge Food and Fitness Policy Council describes the overarching goal and objectives for the council, as well as recommended actions for the next three years, which include:
Implementing a citywide strategic approach for addressing food and fitness.
Developing consistent food guidelines for city-run children’s programs and youth centers, based on successful nutrition policies in the Cambridge Public Schools.
Expanding access to healthy foods and fitness opportunities, especially for lower-income residents.
Increasing outreach to the community about healthy eating and fitness opportunities.
These recommended actions are aimed at improving the city’s food and fitness environments so that “the healthy choice will be easy choice” for residents of all ages. They will be implemented by city departments and community partners, with guidance from the Food and Fitness Policy Council.
In addition, the council serves in an advisory capacity to city departments on matters related to food and fitness policy and related issues.
The 18-member council includes representatives from the city’s public health, human services, community development, and school departments; community organizations; and residents.
Updated April 5, 2013