Shape Up Somerville is a 15 year old strategy to build and sustain a healthy community in collaboration with partners for everyone that lives, works in, and visits the city. SUS began in 2002 as a CDC-funded research study led by Somerville community members and Tufts University, to prevent obesity in 1st-3rd graders through environmental change. Following the 3-year study, SUS was adopted by the City of Somerville and has since continued to evolve as a comprehensive approach to build and support community-wide health, health equity, and social justice for all.
Our mission includes:
‘Systems Change’: engage all sectors and levels of the community including local government, businesses, schools, non-profits, healthcare, grass-roots organizations, and individuals, to create policy change that promotes community-wide health and well-being.
“Collective Impact” : with SUS acting as the backbone support organization, work to bring community partners together in a structured manner to achieve social change through a common agenda, shared measurement systems, mutually reinforcing activities, and continuous communication.
Social Determinants of Health: focus on engaging at risk populations, including but not limited to: ethnic minorities, immigrants, low-income residents, and non-English speakers on a multitude of issues.
Increase Access to Healthy Food: Supporting Food Rescue System, Affordable Mobile Farmers’ Markets, School Gardens/Farm to School, Healthy Restaurant Program, School Food Service Improvements, Urban Agriculture Connections, Worksite Wellness, and Healthy Worksites.
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, Neighborways, and Worksite WellnessHealthy Worksites.
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