Live Well Springfield is a community based coalition that includes over 30 organizations working in Springfield. The coalition supports a grassroots movement towards health equity through improving access to healthy eating and active living opportunities and then working to engage the community to ensure that the opportunity become a reality for everyone. In 2012 Pioneer Valley Planning Commission received a Community Transformation Grant (CTG) from the Center for Disease Control to further this movement and more recently in 2016 Mercy Medical Center received funds from Trinity Health Systems on behalf of the LWS Coalition .
Great strides have been made in this effort and ongoing action is essential to continue the momentum.
Work that began in 2012 and continues include the Go Fresh Mobile Farmer’s Market, developing plans for a full line grocery store in Mason Square, rowing and biking programs on the Connecticut River at North Riverfront Park, and a comprehensive plan for a more walkable/bikeable Springfield. Current work focuses on nutrition and active living among pre-k and school aged children and their families, breastfeeding, and tobacco prevention
The Live Well Springfield Coalition is convened by Partners for a Healthier Community and the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission.