Mass in Motion is a statewide movement that promotes opportunities for healthy eating and active living in the places people live, learn, work, and play.
To learn more about Mass in Motion in our community, check out the Barnstable County Mass in Motion Overview. It details the five year (2012–2016) Mass in Motion Municipal Leadership and Wellness grant awarded to the Barnstable County Department of Human Services by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and it explains our five objectives for 2012–2014.
For further details about Mass in Motion, please contact Varik Harik, M.S., Senior Project Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-375-6629.
Mass in Motion Wants You to Have Fun with Healthy Food!
Barnstable County Mass in Motion and Buy Fresh Buy Local Cape Cod recently teamed up to bring a Simple and Delicious Vegetable Recipes Cookbook and a colorful workbook to over 1,500 children in the town of Barnstable.
Developed in Plymouth by Mass in Motion: Healthy Plymouth and Jordan Hospital, the cookbook was localized to the Cape Cod region before being distributed to families in the town of Barnstable with children in kindergarten through third grade. The interactive workbook distributed alongside the cookbooks was developed by Susan Bourque, Nutrition and Food Safety Educator for the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension, to help encourage kids and their parents to have fun with their food.
Each cookbook contains over 70 easy to make recipes for a variety of fresh vegetables found in farmers’ markets on Cape Cod and the Islands. And preparation tips are included for every vegetable too, so you’ll never be left wondering exactly what part of fennel can be used for cooking. (The answer found on page 24: all of it!)
To make the cookbook most accessible, though, every recipe allows for frozen or canned veggies to be substituted. And the colorful booklet that accompanies each cookbook includes games for kids relating to the recipes and healthy tips for busy parents.
Barnstable West Elementary, Barnstable Community Horace Mann Charter Public School, Centerville Elementary, Hyannis West Elementary, and West Villages Elementary were among the schools that took part in this Mass in Motion initiative. But now everyone in our community can benefit from the online versions of the cookbook and the children’s workbook too!
(For more information, please read our most recent press release.)
Cook Well, Eat Well, Live Well
A project of the Cape Cod Hunger Network, Cook Well, Live Well, Eat Well receives support from Cape Cod Cooperative Extension Nutrition Education Program and the Bilezikian Family Foundation, 2011. This is a wonderful resource that steers us towards healthy food choices and is available to food pantries and others across Cape Cod.
Barnstable County Mass in Motion has been pleased to contribute resources to help support printing of the Cook Well, Live Well, Eat Well cookbook and for kits so trained volunteers can offer cooking demonstrations at food pantries. (This links with the Department’s third goal with the Mass in Motion grant: to increase availability of healthier food options at the Cape Cod Hunger Network’s approximately 30 member food pantries and meal programs.)
Previously Featured Projects
Cape Cod Bicycle Summit: Healthy Cyclists, Healthy Communities
The Barnstable County Department of Human Services Mass in Motion program teamed up with the town of Barnstable, the Cape Cod Commission, the Cape and Islands Chapter of MassBike, and the office of Senator Dan Wolf to hold the first Cape Cod Bicycle Summit on November 8th at the Cape Cod Community College. Over 120 people took part in the critical discussion regarding safe and healthy cycling on Cape Cod and the Islands. Senator Wolf was the summit’s keynote speaker, followed by presentations from MassDOT, MassBike, the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority, the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce, and the Cape Cod Commission. Click here to view the PowerPoint presentations.
Spring Walking Weekend, April 2013
We were pleased to be a partner of the Cape Cod Commission’s 2013 Spring Walking Weekend, April 19th to 21st. Participants explored Cape Cod’s natural surroundings through free walks and hikes for all ages and fitness levels. For more information on past walk schedules and descriptions please visit the Cape Cod Pathways page on the Cape Cod Commission website.
Mass In Motion Statewide Action Institute, April 2013
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health hosted the 2013 Mass In Motion Action Institute with several nationally renowned speakers and presenters from several Mass In Motion communities across the Commonwealth. To view presentations from this event please visit the Mass in Motion Action Institute.
Cape Cod Junior Medical Reserve Corps Garden
In the spring and summer of 2012, an amazing group of Cape Cod Junior Medical Reserve Corps members started and tended a garden to donate fresh produce to area food pantries. Barnstable County Mass in Motion provided just a few hundred dollars for some basic supplies and the young people took it from there. Read about their inspiring project and view photos of the garden: CMRC Garden 2012.
Statewide Mass in Motion Initiatives
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Mass in Motion website provides a wealth of information on strategies for healthy eating and active living.
The ChopChop newsletter complements the state’s Mass in Motion initiative. Each edition of the newsletter includes a personal message from Governor Patrick plus a new recipe each month featuring Massachusetts-grown produce. The newsletter is available in English and Spanish.