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Malden awarded $50,000 Mass in Motion Wellness Grant

The Malden state legislative delegation, including Senator Jason Lewis and Representatives Paul J. Donato, Chris Fallon and Paul Brodeur, are pleased to announce that Malden has been awarded a $50,000 grant for its “Malden Is Moving!” Mass in Motion program.

This award, part of the Mass in Motion Municipal Wellness and Leadership Grant Program, is courtesy of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. The purpose of that program is to implement local policy, systems and environmental change strategies to prevent and reduce overweight/obesity, chronic disease and associated risk factors and to create healthier communities. Interventions focus on healthy eating, active living and promotion of healthy and safe physical environments.

The “Malden Is Moving!” initiative is coordinated by Malden’s Public Health Department in conjunction with the YWCA Malden. “Malden Is Moving!” has worked on local initiatives pertaining to safe routes to school, promoting healthier dining options, and opportunities for residents to incorporate physical activity into daily life. This new funding will enable Malden to address new initiatives, such as a complete streets proposal, joint use agreements and a farmers’ market.

“This program is vital to the City of Malden,” said Christina Murphy, coordinator of the “Malden Is Moving!” initiative. “It engages a cross section of local agencies, community groups, local businesses, coalitions, residents, and youth to develop and implement healthier options for everyone. The primary focus is to provide residents with simple, practical and cost-effective ways to improve healthy eating and active living.”

“One of my top priorities in the Legislature is containing the rise in healthcare costs by making our communities healthier,” said Senator Lewis. “The Mass In Motion program is a terrific vehicle for accomplishing that important goal, and the ‘Malden Is Moving!’ initiative does so much for the community. I’m very pleased to see Malden receive this grant funding.”

“Once again, Malden is awarded a grant that will benefit the citizens and concentrate on areas that will improve the quality of life,” said Representative Donato.

“I am excited Malden is taking advantage of this important program to promote healthy nutrition habits and physical activity,” said Representative Brodeur. “‘Malden Is Moving!’ efforts are improving the quality of life for Malden residents in a cost-effective way, and I am pleased they will be able to keep moving forward with this grant money.”

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