Healthy Hampshire

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Healthy Hampshire

About Healthy Hampshire

Healthy Hampshire is focused on improving people's health in Hampshire County and the Hilltowns by collaborating with municipal leaders, elected officials, public health departments, planners, businesses, community organizations, and residents.

It is part of the Mass in Motion statewide initiative through the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. It is administered by the City of Northampton in partnership with the Collaborative for Educational Services.

Mission

The mission of Healthy Hampshire is to reduce rates of chronic disease in its partner communities by effecting changes to policies and systems that encourage physical activity, healthy food access, improved patient care, and linkages between healthcare systems and community-level prevention activities.

Improving access to healthy food, physical activity, and preventative care is critically important for reducing rates of chronic disease. Research shows that having access to healthy food retail in your neighborhood is associated with better diet and reduced risk of obesity and other diet-related diseases. Neighborhood design that encourages walking, biking, and public transit usage is associated with reduced rates of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. Early detection of risk through well-coordinated patient care teams is key in preventing chronic disease in the clinical setting.

Healthy Hampshire works to address all of these aspects of chronic disease prevention while strengthening the linkages between them.

For more information about Healthy Hampshire assessments, planning and projects in their communities of focus, we invite you to visit the Healthy Hampshire website.