Hudson area receives 60K to develop exercise and nutrition programs

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Hudson-large-web-iconHudson – Hudson has been awarded $60,000 to create healthier communities through the Mass in Motion Municipal Wellness and Leadership Grant Program. The initiative is part of a statewide effort to implement local policy, systems and environmental change to prevent and reduce obesity, chronic disease and other associated risk factors. Hudson services the areas of Marlborough, Northborough and Framingham.

“Staying active is an essential part of good health,” said Senator James Eldridge (D-Acton). “This funding will help shape how residents live, work and go to school so that they can lead healthier and more productive lives. Increasing the physical activity in people of all ages, along with a healthy lifestyle is vital to the longevity and well-being of our communities.”

Added Representative Harold Naughton Jr. (D-Clinton), “The funding provided to the Mass in Motion Municipal Wellness and Leadership program will play a crucial role in combating serious health risks caused by the lack of nutritional knowledge and physical activity in our communities.”

Grantees must implement a minimum of three community-level strategies that address both healthy eating and active living. The Department of Public Health will work with the Hudson area to develop a proposal that will be unveiled during the fall.

“As a cosponsor of the Mass in Motion amendment in the FY15 budget, I am thrilled that this funding will be available to the communities I represent,” said Representative Danielle Gregoire (D-Marlborough). “In order to combat some of our most chronic illnesses, such as diabetes and heart disease, it is crucial that our residents stay active and maintain healthy eating habits.”