The Somerville Public Schools promotes Wellness for staff and students through a variety of initiatives at the school and district level. The District Wellness Coordinator, Caitlin Kelly, facilitates the District Wellness Committee and oversees programming & resource development as well as Wellness Champions who who are staff members promoting and implementing initiatives at each school site.
Download the Healthy Living in Somerville Map to find parks, pools, libraries, farmers markets, schools and more local places to get active with your whole family.
Visit the SPS Movement and Mindfulness webpage.
Download the 95210 Materials. Find fun materials explaning an easy, scientifically based program with five simple behaviors that support healthy living for whole families.
Initiatives & Activities
Increasing Physical Activity for Kids
BOKS (Build Our Kids' Success) A before school physical activity program at all K-8 schools throughout the district.
Supporting Healthy Eating Habits
Chop Chop Magazine Quarterly magazine used in Somerville Community School's healthy eating after school clubs.
Garden Programming Supported by Groundwork Somerville.
Taste Tests Supported by Somerville Public Schools Food and Nutrition Services, UMass Extension Nutrition Education Program and Drumlin Farms.
Veggie of the Month Program Different seasonal vegetable featured on the school lunch menu.
Where to get active in Somerville:
- Somerville Recreation Department
- Interactive map of Somerville Parks & Community gardens
- Outdoor pools
- Dilboy Pool - Memorial Swimming and Wading Pool (managed by the City of Somerville, fee charged). 110 Alewife Brook Parkway, Somerville, MA 02143 (at High Street). (617) 625-6600 x2980. Call for operating schedule.
- Latta Brothers Memorial Pool at Foss Park. 235 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02141. (617) 666-9238. June 28 - September 1, open daily 11:00am - 7:00pm.
- Indoor Pool - Kennedy
- Veteran's Memorial Skating Rink
- Paddle Boston Somerville
- Community Path for walking and bicycling
- Open Air Circus
- Somerville Boxing Club
- Brooklyn Boulders
Healthy eating and nutrition in Somerville:
- Somerville Food and Nutrition Services
- Farmers Markets
- Arts Council 2015 cooking program, "Nibble"
- Optimum Health Solutions: Real Kids Real Food
- Somerville Food Resource Guide
About the PEP Grant
The U.S. Department of Education's Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) Grant, was a federally funded grant program designed to award money to local education agencies and community-based organizations to help them initiate, expand, or enhance physical education programs for students in grades K through 12. Somerville was awarded nearly $1.4 million in grant funds over three years from 2014-2017 to support the introduction and implementation of the above initiatives and activities throughout the district.