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Greater Fall River 
Health Update
October 1, 2015

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Click here for the video, "Fed Up on the South Coast"

Walk Fall River is a web page created by Mass in Motion Fall River and Partners for a Healthier Community's Healthy City Greater Fall River. The purpose of the page is to make it easier for people in the City of Fall River and surrounding communities to engage in walking, taking public transportation, and using bicycles for both recreation and for commuting. It is the mutual goal of each project to support residents in developing and maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle at every age. Click on the Fall River Walks link for detailed maps of ten walking routes in the City along with information on distance and calories for each walk. Click on the Senior Spotlight Walking map link for walks specifically designed for seniors. Click on the Nature Walks link for four walks in natural settings, all within the City limits! Click on the Fundraiser Walks link and learn about six of the many annual walks where one can help to raise money by walking. And click on links to SERTA Bus routes, bicycle maps, school walking routes and walks to local healthy markets at
Fall River Mayor Sam Sutter joined Mass in Motion Fall River Coordinator Julianne Kelly to announce a series of new initiatives designed to get more people in the City of Fall River walking. Following opening remarks by the Mayor about the importance of walking to maintain health, Kelly introduced a number of people in the audience who recommended that more people walk and that the City take steps to make walking easier and safer. Kelly then introduced Stanley Street Treatment and Resources (SSTAR) staff members Paula Beaulieu and Eric Andrade who are working on a new "1422 Project" funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health designed to improve opportunities for physical activity and to help people at risk for diabetes and high blood pressure to become more active. Andrade announced a new web site and an Walktober Facebook page. The program ended with a presentation on ways to improve the "walk-a-bility" of the City by Wendy Landman, Executive Director of WalkBoston who is consulting to the 1422 Project. Click here for a one-hour   video & here for more photos.
Participants in Partners' School- Community Partnership met together on September 29, 2015 at BMC Durfee High School. Co-chairs Annemarie Holly and  Michaela Hetzler welcomed  participants from more than a dozen human service organizations who were joined by school adjustment and guidance staff as well as  school resource officers and representatives of the courts. The group heard from Michael Leach, Youth Training and Systems Specialist for the Institute for Health and Recovery, and Kim Fisher from the Castle Program at High Point Treatment Center in Brockton. The presentation introduced the risk and protective factors for adolescent substance use, the role of attachment, the nature of adolescent brain development, the use of substance use screening tools, and the services available to adolescents struggling with issues related to substance use. Click here for a 55-minute video of the presentation and here for more photos and text.
Representatives of Groundwork USA met with Fall River Neighborhood Coordinator Nick Camara and Mass in Motion Fall River Coordinator Julianne Kelly in the Mayor's Office on September 24, 2015 to move the project ahead. Groundwork is a way to develop brown fields into paths, trails, parks and recreation, or usable land in  cities into parks and other community resources using youth volunteers and others. A tour for Groundwork USA staffers Kate O'Brien and Doug Evans of the National Park Service was held two years ago at Britland Park to show some of Fall River's plans for Father Travassos Park improvements and to describe plans for the Quequechan River Rail Trail and the new City tree farm. Now that those projects have either been completed or are substantially under way, the group met to discuss how Groundwork might work with the City on other projects. Click here and here to see photos of earlier Groundwork planning meetings. Click here for a two-minute   video and here for more photos and text.
Students from FRED-TV arranged to interview a salesperson at Guimond Farms Convenience Store on Rhode Island Avenue and Tobacco Control Program Coordinator Marilyn Edge on September 23, 2015 about the statewide regulations on e-cigarette sales that were to go into effect two days later. The new regulations require that purchasers of e-cigarettes be at least 18 years old or higher if local laws apply. The regulations also prohibit sampling or free distribution of e-cigarettes, e-liquids and gels or the offer of promotional items. B.M.C. Durfee High School student reporter Nicole Farnworth interviewed store salesperson Kyle Borges and Ms. Edge to learn about the regulations as well as the specific dangers of e-cigarettes. "There is a pretty large trend with people with e-cigarettes," stated Borges. "E-cigarette companies are all adding flavoring to their e-cigarettes," noted Edge. "They're promoting them to get kids hooked on flavoring. Once you get used to the flavoring, you're already addicted to the nicotine." Click here for a ten-minute   video and here for more photos and text.
Sponsored by Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn, the fifth annual Free Family Field Day took place at Cressy Field behind the UMass-Dartmouth Tripp Athletic Center on September 20, 2015. Dozens of children and adults gathered with former Red Sox pitcher Brian Rose, who works in the District Attorney's Office, to participate in an afternoon of fun physical activity. Included in the afternoon's activities were football, baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer and golf contests; an obstacle course with the UMass-Dartmouth Fitness Team; a 64-foot inflatable obstacle course; potato sack, three-legged and sponge races; hula hoop contests; giant volleyball; dizzy bat races, and several tugs-of-war. Everyone had an opportunity to visit several resource tables and received a free sports bag with promotional items and information about the free sports clinics that Mr. Rose offers across Bristol County. Click here for a seven-minute video of the event and here for more photos and text.
Members of the South Coast Bikeway Alliance, who have a plan for a bikeway from Providence to Provincetown, attended their second annual South Coast Summer Bike Challenge Awards Ceremony on September 19, 2015 at the Dartmouth YMCA. Many members rode from Mattapoisett and Fall River to the ceremony. One hundred twelve riders collectively rode more than 60,000 miles. Some individual riders completed the equivalent of crossing the continental United States. Rick Schwartz of Fall River completed 1,872 miles and Robin Thorpe, also of Fall River, completed 1,542 miles. Attending the ceremony were Fall River Bicycle Commitee Chairman Brian Pearson, Fall River Mass In Motion Coordinator Julie Kelly, and Fairhaven, Marion, Mattapoisett, Rochester and Middleboro Representative Bill Straus, who chairs the Joint Committee on Transportation. Click here for the SouthCoast Today story and here for more photos and text about the event.
Fall River Traffic Department crew members Joe Dewsnap, Kevin Raposa and and Tony Souza were on Eastern Avenue near County Street on September 18, 2015 to refresh the badly worn road striping for pedestrian cross-walks. "You'll also soon see 'sharrows' along this route for bicycles," stated Dewsnap. The route is part of the Scholarship City Bike Path that was established several years ago to connect the UMass Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Center and the bike path that borders South Watuppa Pond and the rest of the Quequechan River Rail Trail with the schools at the northern end of Eastern Avenue, including Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School, Bristol Community College, BMC Durfee and Bishop Connolly High School. "It's important for us to keep these routes well marked," commented Kelly, "so cyclists and drivers will understand that this route is for both types of vehicles." Click here for brief video of the work and here for more photos and text.
Leah Blanchette, one of the parents who submitted a survey questionnaire about the upcoming Parent Academy, was chosen to receive a gift package at the September 17, 2015 planning meeting held at the Children's Museum of Fall River. The Parent Academy is a district-led, community-driven initiative designed to provide educational resources to parents and families. Academy courses focus on building capacity in families and empowering them with the information they need to raise their children in a stimulating, proactive and nurturing environment. Over two dozen teachers, administrators and community leaders gathered with consultants Andy Beck and Kathy Flynn Woodland of the School and Main Institute for the two-hour meeting to continue work on a plans for an Academy Launch Party scheduled for Saturday, November 21st at the Kuss Middle School. Click here for a two-minute video of the prize presentation and the start of the meeting and here for more photos and text..
UMass-Dartmouth and the Southeastern MA Food Security Network are partnering with organizations from around the South Coast to further food security efforts in the region. The purpose of a kick-off meeting held on September 16, 2015 was to identify the challenges, successes and visions for food justice as we move toward creative collaboration among non-profits, food pantries, farms, and businesses. With the growing need for sustainability and ecological efforts oriented towards food security on a local and global scale, permaculture and its underlying principles provide a clear map for communities to develop new economic models that promote a healthier human and natural environment, foster equity and shared wealth, increase participation and civic engagement, and build our capacity to absorb shocks related to weather crises, water shortages, and other challenging predicaments associated with climate change. This project is very much aligned with these goals and is poised to provide south coast communities. Click here for more photos & text.
Representatives of community-based projects and services were invited to the Faculty Lounge at Bristol Community College' by Civic Engagement Program Coordinator Erin Smith on September 16, 2015. The "Coffee Connection" session was designed to help College faculty identify community programs that students could become involved with for service-learning work. The Civic Engagement Program is designed to enhance student learning through the integration of academic learning in courses or through participation in community service, while encouraging civic engagement, social responsibility, development of workforces and community leadership skills and the ability to reflect on the connection between civic engagement and academic achievement. "The goal is to create partnerships between faculty and agencies so students can volunteer in your organization and help you serve your mission," stated Smith. Click here for a 12-minute video of the participants introducing themselves and here for more photos and text.
Staff from the Umass Extension SNAP-ED Program came to the Ruggles Park Farmers' Market on September 2, 2015, to provide free samples of fruit jumble to shoppers as a way of encouraging them to use local produce moe at home. The recipe they offered included apples, grapes, pears, mandarin orange, pineapple, yogurt and cinamon. "We like to ... feature a recipe showing folks who stop by how to use some of the nice in-season produce that they're finding on the farmers' tables," stated Nutrition instructor Sue Loughlin. "We always spotlight really easy, affordable recipes," added Nutrition instructor Lindsay Megan who is part of a team out of Raynham who provides nutrition education to adults and children throughout the Southeastern Massachusetts Region. Click here for photos and video of the team at a family cooking event at the Watson School. Click here for a three-and-a-half minute video of the event and here for more photos and text.


The MPHA ActFRESH Campaign presents a Community Spotlight presentation by: Dr. David Weed and Registered Dietitian Amanda Raposo 

Read about the project in the Huffington Post!

The meeting will begin with updates on the statewide ActFRESH Campaign and will be followed by a presentation and facilitated discussion on:


“How should the public health world respond to the new USDA Dietary Guidelines? 

One City’s Response to the Current Nutrition Research”


Free program with a healthy low-carb lunch included!


Friday, October 23, 2015, 10am-2pm


Kuss Middle School Community Room, 52 Globe Mills Avenue (enter by the Shaw Street entrance)


Click here for more info and click here to RSVP.  


The full-length (90 minute) feature movie “Fed Up” with ABC’s Katie Couric 


will be shown free to the public 


in the Government Center Hearing Room 


from 3:00-5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 23rd


The movie will be followed by a thirty-minute discussion on how current dietary recommendations are changing.


Join Dr. David Weed and Registered Dietitian Amanda Raposo on Oct 6th for a Low-carb Support Group!

Psychologist David Weed, Psy.D. will join Registered Dietitian Amanda Raposo for informal discussion and support for those following or interested in low-carbohydrate diets for weight loss without hunger or to either control or prevent Type II diabetes.

The group meets every first Wednesday of the month at the Diabetes Management Program, Southcoast Health, 1st Floor of Durfee Union Building, 1, 283 Pleasant St. Fall River.

There is no charge to participate in the group. Participants are free to join the group at any point, though regular participation is encouraged. 

For more information, contact Dr. Weed at 508-324-2411 or by e-mail at Click here for a descriptive flier that you can post!


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