A Healthy City Getting Healthier
In 2013, the City of Springfield was chosen to receive a Healthy by Design Community Leadership Award by the Massachusetts Public Health Association. As a community, we have made great strides in making fresh food accessible throughout Springfield and working toward a bicycle and walking-friendly city. And this is just the beginning!
As we thought about our future goals for healthy eating and active living, we wanted to check in and see what our neighbors’ lifestyles looked like now.
So, in the summer of 2013 we conducted a survey with more than 300 Springfield residents in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Here’s what we found…
WHAT WE FOUND OUT ABOUT FOOD
- Most said that fresh fruits & vegetables (85%), whole grains (85%), lean meats (81%), and low sodium foods (72%) were available in the grocery stores where they shopped.
- 38% of respondents report eating the recommended 5 daily servings of fruits/ vegetables on a regular basis. That’s a 6% increase over five years ago!
WHAT WE FOUND OUT ABOUT PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
- Half said they walked at least 10 minutes/day, at least 3 days/week.
- Most (69%) felt their neighborhood was safe to walk alone during the day.
- More than a quarter (27%) said they use the RiverWalk.
- Over one-third (39%) met the recommended 150 minutes of weekly exercise.