The Massachusetts Public Health Association has awarded Salem a "Health by Design" community leadership award for its promotion of policies and projects that strengthen local health and wellness for its residents, according to the mayor's office.
Salem is one of 11 communities across the state that have been recognized for various endeavors to increase health awareness.
“Salem will continue to pursue policies that encourage walking and biking, bolster mixed use development, preserve open space, promote recreation, improve access to health food options, and reduce exposure to pollution,” said a statement from Mayor Kimberley Driscoll. “I would like to thank all our city and school employees who have worked so hard make these positive changes possible in our community, especially our Mass in Motion program team and our staff in the Planning and Community Development Department, Health Department, Department of Public Services, and Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department.
"Thanks also to our partners at the Salem Chamber of Commerce and Salem Main Streets," Driscoll added.
The Massachusetts Public Health Association specifically recognized Salem for its improvements to the Essex Street Pedestrian Mall, bike lane striping on roadways, mixed use zoning and planning, and the promotion of healthy eating through the popular Salem Farmers Market and gardens at Salem’s public schools.
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