New England News
6:00 am
Fri September 28, 2012

Wellness Initiative Receives $2 Million From CDC

The  Federal Centers For Disease Control has awarded a $2 million dollar grant for a wellness initiative in Springfield Massachusetts.  WAMC”S Paul Tuthill reports

   The money will fund several efforts designed to improve access to healthy food and physical activity. The Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club   will expand its biking programs and rowing on the Connecticut River. Club president Jonathan Moss says they’ll partner with pediatricians who have patients that need to burn calories.

   The federal funding will promote increased use of the 3.7 mile long Springfield Riverwalk. A mobile farmers market program will be expanded to visit more senior centers and  public housing complexes.