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Partners HealthCare Promotes Healthy Living In Four Cities North of Boston

$960,000 Gift to Tackle Obesity, Lower Health Care Costs

3/1/2012

Partners HealthCare announced today that we that promoting healthy living in Chelsea, Lynn, Revere and Salem with gifts of $240,000 each. These funds will allow the communities of Salem and Lynn to join Mass in Motion, an initiative that works within communities to address obesity and encourage healthy living. In Chelsea and Revere, the gifts will allow these communities to build upon some great work already underway there. In Chelsea, the funding will support the work of ‘Healthy Chelsea,’ a community based coalition and in Revere the funding will support will support the work of ‘Revere on the Move,’ a partnership between the City and Revere CARES.

“Partners is committed to supporting and working with the communities that we serve to craft tailor-made, localized programs that foster wellness and help to reduce the incidence of chronic disease,” said Gary L. Gottlieb, M.D.,  President and CEO of Partners HealthCare. “Working together with local leaders, we can improve the quality of life for local residents, improve the overall health of the community and make health care more affordable in the long term.”

The four year gift will enable the cities of Chelsea, Lynn, Revere, and Salem to build and expand on community-based coalitions consisting of city officials, health center and physician leaders, as well as other stakeholders to identify the communities' most pressing health needs and develop policies and solutions to address those needs. The goal is to improve access to healthy, affordable foods and physical activities so that healthy choices are easier to make.

“Raising awareness about obesity and nutrition will make our community stronger and healthier,” said Kimberley Driscoll, Mayor of Salem. “Working closely with the community, we have a great opportunity to help our residents learn about the importance of wellness and prevention – making our community healthier for generations to come.”

 “Childhood obesity is a serious epidemic -- it is vital that we teach our youth the importance of healthy eating and exercise at an early age,” said Senator Sal DiDomenico. “I would like to thank Partners HealthCare for their generous gifts to Revere and Chelsea, which will go a long way towards furthering and expanding wellness initiatives in our schools.”  

“These funds will provide a great boost to the wellness and strength of the community for years to come,” Representative Kathi-Anne Reinstein said. “Educating our youth on nutrition is an important step to ensuring they succeed in the classroom and throughout their lives.”  

“This is a big step forward in our efforts to raise health awareness throughout our city,” said Senator Thomas McGee.  It is great to see that through this commitment by Partners Health Care, Lynn will become a “Mass in Motion” community. With programs like this and the School Nutrition bill that the Legislature passed last session, Massachusetts continues to work hard to prevent obesity and promote healthy living.”  

The gifts help expand the number of communities participating in the Mass in Motion initiative and expand efforts to address obesity and promote healthy living. A recent Department of Public Health study showed that in Massachusetts:

  • More than 50% of adults and nearly 33% of high school and middle students are overweight or obese.
  • According to the CDC, in Massachusetts, $1.8 billion of medical expenses are due to adult obesity.
  • Black adults were 60% more likely to be obese, and Hispanic adults were 50% more likely to be obese than their White counterparts.
  • In Chelsea, 54 percent of schoolchildren are overweight or obese.

Find more information about Mass in Motion efforts statewide.


 

Partners HealthCare is an integrated health care system, founded by Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital that offers patients a continuum of coordinated and high-quality care. In addition to its two academic medical centers, Partners includes community and specialty hospitals, a physician network, community health centers, home health, long-term care services, and other health care entities. Partners HealthCare is committed to patient care, research, teaching, and service to the community. Partners is one of the nation’s leading biomedical research organizations and is a principal teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School. Partners HealthCare is a non-profit organization.

MGH Center for Community Health Improvement (CCHI) carries out its work in Chelsea, Revere, and Charlestown, where MGH has maintained healthcare centers for more than 40 years, as well as in Boston among youth, homeless persons and seniors. CCHI has partnered with the communities it serves to assess needs and create more than 35 programs that:

  • Reduce and prevent substance abuse  
  • Tackle the obesity epidemic by increasing access to healthy food and physical activity
  • Increase access to care for vulnerable populations such as immigrants and refugees, seniors, and homeless people

 

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