Mayor Richard Alcombright is one of the more than 400 people signed up to take part in the 10-week health and wellness challenge.
“I was extremely active prior to becoming mayor,” Alcombright said. “On trails, on the road, basketball…the whole nine yards. That just really stopped and I’ve gained 50 pounds. It’s not fun. So this all of a sudden became very motivational for me.”
A community forum focused on biking in the Northern Berkshires was recently held, where panelists discussed the challenges and future for expanding the potential for biking in the region.
Jonathan Butler, Adams Town Administrator, said that that the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail – an 11.2 mile railroad corridor turned bike path that runs from Lanesborough up through Adams – has had an impact on the town’s economy that he calls “nothing short of significant”.
As part of a statewide effort to combat obesity and chronic diseases such as diabetes, one western Massachusetts city has launched a pilot program targeting the corner store. Its an effort to get healthier foods on the shelves of convenience stores and then change the impulse habits of shoppers. WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.