BPHC logoBOSTON – As part of Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s ambitious Boston Moves for Health initiative to improve the health and wellness of the city, Partners HealthCare has donated 600 pedometers to help Boston youth keep track of their steps this summer.

This afternoon, Ronnie Sanders, executive director for community health for Partners HealthCare, Barbara Ferrer, executive director of the Boston Public Health Commission, and Daphne Griffin, Boston’s Chief of Human Services and executive director, Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF), visited youth at the BCYF Mildred Avenue Community Center in Mattapan to see the pedometers in action.

BCYF summer supervisors will wear pedometers to estimate the number of steps their entire group has traveled during each day, and enter that information into the activity logging tool at BostonMovesForHealth.org. Mayor Menino has challenged Bostonians to move ten million miles together, and this way, Boston’s youth will be able to contribute to the growing tally.

“Mayor Menino and his team at the Boston Public Health Commission have made a deep commitment to address obesity in the neighborhoods across our city and we are pleased to partner with them on this very tough public health issue through Boston Moves for Health,” said Matt Fishman, vice president for community health at Partners HealthCare. “By working together with all of the organizations that are responding to the Mayor’s challenge, we can help to prevent obesity and the chronic illnesses that can be associated with it and ultimately help people live healthier lives in healthier communities.”

“We are so pleased to have Partners HealthCare join us in this important effort. Showing our city’s youth the benefits of being active and healthy is an important goal of Boston Moves for Health,” said Dr. Ferrer. “Kids should get at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day.”

“These pedometers are a welcome addition to our efforts to teach our young people about the benefits of staying active,” said Griffin. “With over 20,000 youth engaged in our programming over the course of the summer, we are committed to being a big part of meeting the Mayor’s fitness challenge for Boston.”

BCYF operates more than 50 summer day camps and programs at 35 community centers in Boston as well as 13 free daily drop-in programs. The BCYF Mildred Avenue Community Center serves nearly 500 youth each day through various summer programs. Click for more information on all of BCYF’s summer programs.