Monday April 28, 2014
8:00 AM to 3:00 PM EDT
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DCU Center
Convention Center
Level 3, Ballroom
50 Foster Street
Worcester, MA 01608

Public Transit and Driving

Parking & Entrance

Park at Major Taylor Blvd. Municipal Garage 
Address: 30 Major Taylor Blvd.
(corner of Major Taylor Blvd. and MLK Jr. Blvd. off of exit 16 from Rt. 290)

Present ticket -- from this garage only -- at conference registration for coupon redeemable at garage for free parking.

Entrance: from parking lot, cross Major Taylor Blvd. and enter the convention center via the revolving doors, take the escalator to the 3rd floor. There will be electronic signage and a security guard in the lobby to direct you. 


Judi Foley
Community Health Training Institute/HRiA
617-279-2240 x302


If you are deaf or hard of hearing, or are a person with a disability who requires accommodation, please contact Aleya Martin at the Community Health Training Institute/HRiA at 617-279-2240 ext 533 or email, prior to April 14, 2014.


Mass in Motion Action Institute 2014

Join us for the Mass in Motion Action Institute!
This Statewide conference brings together all 52 Mass in Motion communities and other communities and stakeholders from across the Commonwealth who are implementing policy, systems, and environmental approaches that support healthy eating and active living to listen, learn, participate, and share best practices.
Goals for 2014 Action Institute 
  • Foster leadership skills development to advance community collaboration
  • Increase regional and statewide networking
  • Increase awareness of healthy eating and active living strategies and successes taking place through peer-to-peer learning 
Mass in Motion Coalitions, their partners, and other communities and stakeholders from across the commonwealth who are implementing policy, systems, and environmental approaches that support healthy eating and active living.

7:30 – 8:00   Pre-Session Check-In

8:00 – 8:45 Pre-Session Workshop: The Power of Play by PlayWorks (optional and highly interactive)*

8:00 – 9:00 Action Institute Registration and Networking Breakfast

9:00 – 9:15 Welcome and Mass in Motion Overview: 
Cheryl Bartlett, RN, Commissioner, MA Department of Public Health

9:15 – 10:15  Mayoral Panel

10:15 – 10:25   Energizer by PlayWorks

10:25 – 10:40  
Walk Break

10:40 – 12:10  Workshops*: 

 A. Schools Without Walls: Joint Use Agreements and Safe Routes to School

 B. Community Planning for Healthy Aging

 C. School Nutrition: Getting everyone on board for healthy school nutrition

 D. Complete Streets: Working together for Active Streets

 E.  Access to Healthy Foods

12:10 – 1:10 Lunch with networking opportunities

1:10 – 1:30  Bike Safety Video by MassBike

1:30 – 1:40  Energizer by PlayWorks

1:40 – 2:50  Keynote: Monte Roulier, Co-Founder and President of Community Initiatives (CI)

2:50 – 3:00 Closing Remarks

*Workshop Descriptions

Pre-Session Workshop: The Power of Play
Description: Experience active, physical play as a child would on the playground. Every workshop participant will play, learn, and reflect on best practices that they can take back to their organizations and implement immediately. Get energized!

Workshop A: Schools without Walls: Joint Use Agreements and Safe Routes to School
Description: Discover how communities can share space in schools and other municipal facilities with the wider community to increase opportunities for recreation and exercise through joint use agreements. Answer questions on how to maintain and sustain Safe Routes to Schools (SRTS) efforts in your community. 

Workshop B: Community Planning for Healthy Aging
Description: This workshop will introduce new resources for incorporating healthy aging into community design: the Tufts Health Plan Foundation’s “Massachusetts Healthy Aging Data Report: Community Profiles;” and the second edition of “Healthy Community Design Toolkit: Leveraging Positive Change,” through one community project case study. 

Workshop C: School Nutrition: Getting Everyone on Board for Healthy School Nutrition
Description: Discover resources available in helping you procure local food for the schools in your community. Trainers will share best practices in local food procurement for your schools and how to engage youth in menu development, and how to leverage school wellness policies and committees.

Workshop D: Complete Streets: Working Together for Active Streets and Healthy Communities
Description: Find out what the Active Streets Certification Program is and what it means for your community. Explore opportunities and ways for your community to partner with others around that state to increase access to transportation. Learn about communities that are being transformed into Great Neighborhoods. 

Workshop E: Access to Healthy Foods
Description: Discover multiple strategies to increase access and awareness of healthy foods in a community from healthy restaurants, to food pantries, to a healthy food financing initiative to bring flexible financing programs to support the development, renovation, and expansion of food stores, farmers markets and other retailers selling healthy food in low-income communities.