Welcome to Voices for a Healthy Southcoast


  Click on the video to see the New Bedford Health Fair

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People who live, work or study in New Bedford will be able to access a host of physical activities, from walking to Zumba, over three months. Individuals or groups of up to 10, age 16 and up, can sign up online until Jan. 31.

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*Registration continues until January 31 to be eligible for prizes; you can register any time online or at an event site Registration Link: Click here to register…

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YMCA Southcoast  CEO Gary Schuyler, Vice-President of Operations Nancy Bonell and Fall River facility Executive Director Frank Duffy welcomed dozens of supporters, planners, financial supporters and staff to a grand opening of the newly-completed Wellness Center and After-School Enrichment Center at their Main Street headquarters on December 10, 2014. BayCoast Bank CEO and President Nicholas Christ, Bristol County Savings Bank CEO and President Patrick Murray, Southcoast Health COO Renee Clark and Saint Anne’s Hospital Vice-President of Finance Michael Bushell offered their congratulations and remarks at the noon-time ribbon-cutting ceremony in the new Southcoast Health Group Exercise studio on the third-floor. “We worked hard to ensure that this landmark building will be around for generations to come and will continue to be an important part of this community for many, many years,” stated Schuyler. The renovation of the hundred-year-old building was accomplished through a $10 million capital campaign that culminated in a ground-breaking event a little more than a year ago.

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FITNESS Challenge

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A Press conference at the New Bedford YMCA branch of YMCA Southcoast was held on Thursday, December 4, 2014. Challenge sponsors are the YMCA Southcoast, New Bedford Parks and Recreation & Beaches, New Bedford Wellness Initiative, New Bedford Mass in Motion, Carabiner’s Southcoast Health and Total Fitness.  Mayor Jon Mitchell announces the challegne that starts Jan. 17th t on the right.



Healthy Corners Stores Project the Youth initiative Summer 2014The project is a collaboration among M+R, Voices for a Healthy SouthCoast, and the YMCA Southcoast. T


ogether, these organizations, with the funding provided by the Massachusetts Comprehensive Cancer Control Program, are engaging youth in conducting surveys with residents of Fall River and New Bedford to access knowledge and attitudes related to increasing access to healthy food and beverages in corner stores. The purpose is to begin conversations about these issues and gather data that can be utilized to promote healthy corner stores.
Voices for a Healthy SouthCoast supported the development of a youth leadership group trained in advocacy, survey development and presentation skills. 20  of the young people from Fall River and New Bedford who conducted the survey during July and August. The project was part of a five-year cancer prevention grant to address the high levels of obesity and tobacco use and the low level of physical activity found among residents of SouthCoast.

Encouraging people to quit smoking, the Fall River City Council the Westport Board  and  Barnstable boardof Health passed a ban of sale of tobacco products in pharmacies.  Future plans will be to sign on other Southcoast communities. This policy received National attention for the Y USA and CDC.

 Voices for a Healthy SouthCoast awarded more than $1 million to help create healthier communities in Fall River, New Bedford, Wareham  

Southcoast Hospital CEO Keith Hovan,State Representative, Christopher Markey, Bob Colette,YMCA Southcoast Vice President of Operations Nancy Bonell, Steven A. Beauregard Executive Director of New Bedford Housing Authority, State Representative Antone Cabral, Melissa Gonzalez, Gary Schuyler – CEO YMCA Southcoast and Dr. David Weed Healthy City Fall River.   bookmarkVoicesfin Click here to download the printable guide for Places to walk and Shop for local produce

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