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Shape Up Somerville

SUS LogoShape Up Somerville is a 15 year strategy to build and sustain a healthy community in collaboration with partners for everyone that lives, works in and visits the city.

Our mission includes:

•    Work within the “Collective Impact” Framework grounded in a common agenda, shared measurement systems, mutually reinforcing activities, continuous communication, with SUS acting as the backbone support organization      

•    Focus on ‘Systems Change’, engaging all sectors and levels of the community including local government, businesses, schools, non-profits, healthcare, grass-roots organizations, and individuals, to create policy change

•    Address the Social Determinants of Health, focusing on engaging at risk populations, including but not limited to: ethnic minorities, immigrants, low-income residents, and non-English speakers

•    Increase Access to Healthy Food: Food Rescue System, Affordable Farmers’ Markets, School Gardens/Farm to School, Healthy Restaurant Campaign, School Food Service Improvements, Urban Agriculture Connections, Worksite Wellness

•    Increase Access to Physical Activity opportunities: Extension of the Community Path, Green Line Subway Extension, Structured Physical Activity throughout the School Day, Walkable and Bikeable Streets and Neighborhoods, Worksite Wellness

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