The Boston Public Health Commission and the Codman Square Neighborhood Council, in partnership with the BOLD Teens, the Boston Alliance for Community Health and the Millennium Ten Initiative, are holding a follow-up of last year’s visioning meeting in Codman Square to discuss next steps in creating a healthier community by increasing healthy eating and active living. The meeting is free and open to the public. It will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 5, at the Great Hall, located at 6 Norfolk Street, Dorchester.

The Codman Square meeting is the fifth in a series of citywide health forums this year. It is an opportunity for people living and working in the community to discuss how they can contribute their efforts to reduce obesity and chronic disease rates within Codman Square and in Dorchester as a whole. In particular, participants will learn about a new neighborhood mapping project and engage in a planning process building off of the community vision created at last year’s meeting.

“This dialogue presents a wonderful opportunity for the community to come together to brainstorm new ways to address health challenges,” said Dr. Barbara Ferrer, executive director of the Boston Public Health Commission. “Everyone has a role to play in making our neighborhoods healthier.”

The Commission, the Neighborhood Council, and the other partners look forward to hearing participant feedback since the last meeting and collaborating with residents, businesses, community agencies, faith-based institutions, elected officials, and others to build a stronger, healthier Codman Square.

“We’re working hard to improve the health of everyone in our community. But true progress hinges on having engaged neighbors at the table because we all have a stake in our future. We hope that folks will join us as we lay out a shared vision for a healthier Dorchester,” said Rev. Dr. Bill Loesch of the Codman Square Neighborhood Council.

The event is free and open to the public. A light dinner will be served. Residents of all ages, providers, organizations, youth groups, parents, seniors, and concerned local leaders are encouraged to attend. If you require special accommodations, please RSVP. For more information, please contact Aliza Wasserman at 617-534-7781 or Bill Loesch at 617-650-2049.

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