Founded in 1620 by the Pilgrims, Massachusetts has a rich cultural history. This New England state embraces its heritage, preserving the Freedom Trail (a walking tour of historic sites of the American Revolution) in its largest city Boston, while also welcoming many innovative, world-class institutions and universities.
Despite the state’s progress, there’s still one statistic that Massachusetts would like to make history: More than 30 percent of its youth are overweight or obese, putting them at risk for serious health problems.
Thanks to support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation is working with communities throughout the state to make it easier for kids to lead healthier lives.
Our Work in Massachusetts
In Massachusetts, we’re making it easier for kids to develop healthy habits.
More than 630 schools serving over 330,000 students across the state have joined Healthier Generation's Healthy Schools Program, creating healthier school environments for children to thrive. Since 2007, 16 Massachusetts schools have been recognized with National Healthy Schools Awards for their outstanding efforts.
We’ve also made it easier for more than 39,000 youth in 33 out-of-school time programs to eat right and move more through our Healthy Out-of-School Time Initiative.
Hear from a school champion from just one of the many schools and districts we work with in Massachusetts: Clifford Marshall Elementary School, enrolled in the Healthy Schools Program since 2012.