Food and Fitness Policy Council

What We Do

The Cambridge Food and Fitness Policy Council (FFPC) celebrated ten years of collaborative partnership in 2022. The overarching goal of the council is to promote health by improving access for all residents to healthy and culturally appropriate foods, and access to physical activity. Over the last ten years, the FFPC has seen much success in developing and implementing policy, systems, infrastructure, and environmental changes that work towards this goal.

Currently, the FFPC is focused on developing and implementing the healthy eating and active living priority area of the citywide Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP), and ensuring healthy food and fitness options are available for more people in their daily lives, especially for low-income and immigrant families in Cambridge.

 The council also serves in an advisory capacity to city departments on matters related to food and fitness policy and actions.

Current Projects

The Cambridge Food and Fitness Policy Council is actively working on a number of policy and program initiatives, in collaboration with city departments, community organizations, residents and municipal campaigns like Cambridge in Motion, and most are included in the CHIP.

Who We Are

Facilitated by Cambridge Public Health Department staff, the 25-member council includes representatives from the city’s public health, human services, community development, and school departments; community organizations; and residents.

Our Funders

The City of Cambridge provides generous in-kind support, encouragement, and the willingness to create a healthy food and fitness environment for all residents.


Publications and reports can be found on the Resources web page under the Food and Fitness Policy Council section.


Position Papers

Urban Agriculture in Cambridge

Awards resulting from FFPC partnerships

NACCHO Innovative Practice Award
August 5, 2022
The Cambridge Public Health Department (CPHD) was honored in July with a 2022 Innovative Practice Award from the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO).

Bright Idea Award
April 16, 2015
The Cambridge Food and Fitness Council is designated a “Bright Idea in Government” by the Harvard Kennedy School.

Updated: January 11, 2024