Creating Peace One Piece at a Time

Working together to achieve peace.  That was the slogan for the city’s first Peace by Piece Summit held this past Saturday, March 28th at Bristol Community College and that was what the nearly 200 youth, seniors, neighborhood residents and community partners did at the day long event!  Together they attended workshops on topics ranging from gang violence to healthy parenting, listened as the keynote speaker; Teny Oded Gross spoke about th

Conference highlights need for policy and structure change

The Tufts University’s "Children In Balance" (CIB) program, which is replicating its successful Shape Up Somerville childhood obesity prevention project in Fall River during a two-year study, sponsored a morning conference entitled "Healthy Fall River By Design" on March 19, 2009 at Government Center. Keynote speaker Mark Fenton set the stage for exploring ways that the systems, policies and environments in Fall River could be altered to better promote healthy living. (Click here for the YouTube video of the conference.)

Photo exhibit reveals youth perception of Fall River

An initiative of the Children’s Museum of Greater Fall River that launched in April 2008, "Fall River As I See It" is an experimental project that provided digital cameras to kids and asked them to document their lives. The goal, while teaching camera basics and photography skills, was to inspire the students to create images reflecting their environment.

BCC students learn the connection between obesity and diabetes

The Diabetes Association, Inc. (DAI) brought information on the rising incidence of diabetes associated with increases in obesity to students at Bristol Community College on March 5, 2009, at the invitation of the student health service. Staff from the DAI and BCC's Fitness Center joined nurse Carol Constantine at a table set up in the cafeteria where students eat to bring information that they might not otherwise seek.

4th Challenge Event capitalizes on recent warm weather

Participants in the 4thChallenge Event of the 2009 Fitness Challenge gathered at CD-REC on Bank Street on a gorgeous sunny spring day with temperatures in the 60s for their walk to Bicentennial Park on March 7, 2009. Walkers spectacular views of Heritage Park, the Battleship USS Massachusetts, and the Taunton River from the mile-long boardwalk. Executive Director Grace Gerling, who ran the entire course, said "This was a terrific workout for those who have been getting in shape during the four-month Challenge and a perfect way to take advantage of the unusually warm spring day." The overall five-mile course included two one-mile round trips along the boardwalk to Bicentennial Park, as well as a long walk to the park from Bank Street. Go to for more photos and text describing the event.

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