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What makes us and our community healthy?

2013 April 26
by The Bedford Citizen

Submitted by Healthy Bedford Coordinator Carla Olson

Bedord in Motion logo“Who is to say what makes us and our community healthy?  Concepts of what we need to make and keep us healthy vary amongst individuals and from community to community.

As a result of Northwest Suburban Health Network Alliance (CHNA 15) Healthy Communities planning grant, Bedford asked residents their opinions on what makes Bedford healthy, and what are some of the obstacles to their quality of life in Bedford.   Survey responders overwhelmingly cited “Community” as Bedford’s most positive attribute, followed by “Nature” and “Trails”.   As far as obstacles, residents resoundingly responded that “Traffic” was their biggest hurdle, this included sitting in traffic, as well as lack of public transportation options.  This was followed by “Affordability”.

Residents had many suggestions on how to mitigate the above obstacles.  Most often cited solutions are included in the survey below.   Kindly take a moment &  vote for the one you feel would make the most positive impact on residents lives.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HealthyBedfordIdeas

And if you would like to continue the conversation, please visit the Bedford In Motion webpage,  www.bedfordma.gov/BedfordInMotion, or consider signing up for our Healthy Bedford by Design breakfast event coming up on May 23.

Thursday, May 23, 2013.  7:30-10:30 AM Old Town Hall

2013 Healthy Bedford By Design

How we can Improve our Community’s:  health, environment & local economy.

Co-sponsord by Toward a Healthier Bedford (TAHB) and the Bedford Chamber of Commerce

Keynote Presentation by expert planner Mark Fenton:  how WHERE we live affects HOW we live.  An environmental approach to how we can shape Bedford to support healthy living and improve our local resources.

Free, but please pre-register by May 10.

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