CDC grant awarded to Carbone and Puleo

Jan 17 2013

Elena Elaine PuleoT. Carbone (left), Associate Professor of Nutrition, and Elaine Puleo, Associate Dean for Research, received a two-year grant of $189,476 to assess the impact of new policies implemented as part of a project called “Live Well Springfield” that will expand healthy eating and physical activity in that city. Their grant comes as part of a larger Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Community Transformation grant of $1,993,443 won by a coalition of community groups led by the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC).

The goals of the project include bringing a full-service grocery store to the lower income central neighborhood of Springfield through community-wide nutrition education, increasing visits by a mobile farmer’s market to the city’s neighborhoods, implementing year-round markets in the neighborhoods abutting the Connecticut Riverwalk and Bikeway, increasing physical activity opportunities through boating and biking amenities in the new North Riverfront Park, and growing awareness in the community about pedestrian and bike amenities throughout the city. Carbone and Puleo will evaluate the impact of these activities through community surveys, interviews with community members and vendors, on‐site observations, and analysis of sales data. In addition, the SPHHS team will develop a “Live Well Springfield” website to increase visibility for the project, highlight ongoing work, and serve as a central location for members of the project team and the community at large to post and view meeting announcements and other updates. The coalition of groups includes Partners for a Healthier Community, Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club, Parks and Recreation, Mason Square Health Task Force, Caring Health Center, Baystate Brightwood Health Center, Develop Springfield, and the City of Springfield.

The project will take advantage of both Carbone’s work in community-based qualitative research as well as Puleo’s expertise in statistical analysis of survey data. The project will significantly impact Springfield in a positive way. Mayor Domenic J. Sarno noted, “This grant allows the City of Springfield to continue to build upon and expand and promote our health and quality of life programs.”

To learn more about the project, please contact Carbone at (413) 545-1071 or ecarbone@nutrition.umass.edu and Puleo at (413) 545-1869 or epuleo@schoolph.umass.edu.