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Healthy Corners Stores Project the Youth initiative Summer 2014

The project is a collaboration among M+R, Voices for a Healthy SouthCoast, and the YMCA Southcoast. Together, 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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