Healthy Bedford

The Healthy Bedford webpage is a repository of information and ideas for improving health and wellness, promoting physical activity, and healthy eating. Our goal is to make this a resource Bedford community members and members of surrounding cities and towns will access to learn about healthful activities available in their own backyards. In addition, the program also provides periodic tips on health improvement measures using interactive social media outlets.

We define health not only as the absence of disease, but a full range of quality of life influences: Physical, emotional, spiritual, occupational, intellectual, cultural, social, and environmental.

What is a Healthy Community?

A Healthy Community is where people come together to make their community better for themselves, their family, their friends, their neighbors, and others. A Healthy Community creates ongoing dialogue, generates leadership opportunities for all, embraces diversity, connects people and resources, fosters a sense of community and shapes its future.

Healthy Communities Principles include:

  • A broad definition of health
  • A broad definition of community
  • A shared vision of community values
  • Addressing quality of life for everyone
  • Diverse resident participation and widespread community ownership
  • Focusing on systems change
  • Building capacity using local assets and resources
  • Benchmarking and measuring progress and outcomes
  • Recruiting and engaging youth as full partners

Healthy Bedford Task Force

Task Force Leadership Team

  • Heidi Porter, Health and Human Services Director
  • Carla Olson, Healthy Communities Coordinator

Task Force Members

  • Rob Ackerman, Lane School Principal
  • Mark Bailey, Bicycle Advisory Committee Member
  • Jacinda Barbehenn, Planning Board Member
  • Bobby Bongiorno, Police Chief
  • Jessica Colby, Davis School Vice Principal
  • Judith Crocker, DOT/SRTS Outreach Coordinator
  • Margot Fleischman, Selectboard
  • Ralph Hammond, Trails Committee
  • David Manugian, DPW Director
  • Jeanette Rebecchi, Transportation Manager
  • Maureen Richichi, Board of Health Member
  • Kevin Tracey, JGMS Principal

Our Facebook page is: "Healthy Bedford".

This webpage was funded through a 2012 Mini-Grant through the Northwest Suburban Health Alliance/CHNA 15 DoN funds from Lahey Clinic.