​Energize Everett is a program of the Everett Health Department that works to implement policy, systems and environmental change strategies aimed at increasing healthy eating and active living for all Everett residents.  It began in 2009 through a Mass in Motion grant from the MA Department of Public Health and has grown to become an integral piece of the City of Everett’s wellness initiative.

Mission:

Energize Everett works locally to increase opportunities for Everett residents to eat healthy and be active in the places they live, learn, work, and play. The program's aim is to make the healthy choice the easy choice by improving access to nutritious food and physical activity in Everett, Massachusetts.
 

Function

Energize Everett is dedicated to working closely with community partners and individuals to implement programs in a way that is fair and equitable to all of Everett’s residents. We operate under a racial justice and health equity framework where change starts at the community level, working towards a city that is safe and environmentally healthy.

Contact:

  • Karen Avila, Energize Everett Director
  • Karen.avila@ci.everett.ma.us
  • Office Phone: 617-394-2266
  • DeAndra Davis, Mass in Motion Coordinator
  • deandra.davis@ci.everett.ma.us

Priorities

Increasing access to healthy food and physical activity through policy, systems and environmental change strategies

Our Work


Healthy Vending Policy:  Since it was passed in 2013, all municipal buildings now only stock healthy options.
Complete Streets Resolution:  Since the Everett City Council passed this resolution in 2014, all transportation plans in the City of Everett will follow complete streets guidelines, making streets safer not only for cars, but also pedestrians, bicyclists, and public transit users. 

Family Fitness Nights:  Due to a joint use agreement between the City of Everett and the Everett Public Schools, Energize Everett is able to use the Everett Public Schools facilities to run free fun fitness programming during the fall and winter months. 

Everett Farmers Market:  Energize Everett runs the Everett Farmers Market, which takes place on Wednesdays from 1:30-6:30 from June – October.  They accept WIC and Senior Coupons, and double SNAP/EBT dollars up to $10. 

Everett Community Health and Wellness Center:  A full service fitness, health & wellness center, for the residents of Everett.  The goal of the Everett Community Health and Wellness Center is to help the residents of Everett get in the best shape possible through proper nutrition and a variety of effective exercise programs. Everett City employees and Everett business owners are also eligible for memberships.  The Center is located at the Old Everett High School Field House, 548 Broadway.