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Cambridge in Motion

Cambridge in Motion aims to create an environment that makes it easier for residents and people who work in the city to eat healthy and be physically active. Cambridge in Motion is coordinated by the Cambridge Public Health Department and is part of the statewide Mass in Motion initiative.


About Mass in Motion

Cambridge in Motion supports the city's public health, school, and other city departments in expanding existing initiatives and piloting new ones. Activities include: 

Healthy Eating

  • Increasing the number of convenience stores in Cambridge that offer and promote healthy foods and beverages. Learn more about the Cambridge Healthy Markets Program.
  • Improving the nutritional quality of foods and beverages served in schools, including the addition of authentic ethnic dishes and promoting the use of tap water in schools.
  • Increasing access to farmers' markets for Cambridge residents, including low income residents.

Active Living


Cambridge in Motion partners with community organizations and colleagues in other city departments to promote healthy eating and physical activity through policy, systems and environmental approaches. 

Food and Fitness Policy Council

The Cambridge Food and Fitness Policy Council was established in 2011 to make healthy foods and fitness opportunities available to more residents. The council supports the development of policies and practices that promote healthy eating and active living and is an integral part of Cambridge in Motion. 


Food Assistance

Cambridge Food Resource Guide (Translations below) Stretch Your Dollar at Farmers Markets
SNAP Retailers by Neighborhood (Alphabetical)

Healthy Eating & Nutrition

Guide to Healthier Snacking
Easy and Flexible Recipes
Tips: Be Flexible with Ingredients
Food Pantry Staples for Meal Ideas
Tips to Boost Your Immune System
Cambridge Tap Water Flyer
Cambridge Tap Water Video
Acidity, Water & Your Teeth
School Food Service
Farmers Markets

Active Living

For Kids: Get Moving at Home!
A Guide to Cycling in Cambridge for Older Adults (PDF)
City Smart
Bluebikes Bikeshare in Cambridge
Healthy Parks and Playgrounds
War Memorial Recreation Center

Harvest of the Month videos bring the joy of fresh, local foods right into your home! Each of the 12 short videos in this series showcases a MA-grown food that can also be found on our Cambridge public school menus, including strawberries, kale, butternut squash, and many more. Watch these videos with your kids and discover fun facts, make a healthy snack and learn cooking tips with the Cambridge in Motion nutritionist. More information on these foods and how they make their way into our school cafeterias can be found at Massachusetts Farm to School's website.


Click here to watch our 12 Harvest of the Month videos!


Cambridge in Motion is a Mass in Motion Initiative sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. 

Updated on May 25, 2021


For more information about Cambridge in Motion, contact Dawn Olcott at 617-665-3809 or dolcott@challiance.org


2022 Mini-Grant Application Period Open

March 4, 2022

Apply now for a 2022 CiM mini-grant award!

Two ways to apply: apply online or download the application.

Click here to review application guidelines.

Click here to view the mini-grant informational flyer.

2021 Mini-Grant Awardees

June 18, 2021

Healthy eating and active living mini-grant winners announced.



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