Welcome to Healthy Acton!


Building a healthier community for Acton families

In a healthy community, people come together to make their community better for themselves, their family, their friends, their neighbors and others. A healthy community fosters ongoing dialogue, generates leadership opportunities for all, embraces diversity, connects people and resources, creates a sense of community, and shapes its future. In a healthy community, health is not merely access to healthcare and the absence of disease, but strengthening positive social, mental, physical, economic, and environmental conditions. 

We aim to build a healthier community for families in Acton, Massachusetts by keeping residents informed and updated about:
  • Physical Wellness 
  • Environmental Awareness 
  • Food and Nutrition 
  • Transportation 
Get Healthy with Us! 

Sheryl Ball, Director Acton Health Department and Chairperson Healthy Acton
Acton Town Hall
472 Main Street
Acton MA 01720 
(978) 929-6632 
sball@acton-ma.gov
 

© Healthy Acton 2017

News


2018 Open House

Anonymous 
Substance Abuse Survey for Acton 

The Acton Health Department and Substance Abuse Coalition need your input in an ANONYMOUS survey to help understand how widespread the substance abuse problem is in town and what kinds of educational programs and support are needed. Click the button to get started:

Take Survey Here

Health Director Sheryl Ball says, “Our goal is to raise awareness particularly in the senior population about the severity of substance misuse, now known as Substance Use Disorder (SUD). We plan to develop ways to reduce the stigma of seeking help and identify and publicize available resources.” This survey is also available on the Town of Acton website www.acton-ma.gov.

For more information about the coalition or resources contact Sheryl Ball at sball@acton-ma.gov.

 
AB Cares: A Community Response to Suicide

AB United Way is proud to co-found AB Cares, a community-based collaborative effort to prevent suicide across the life span and support all who are impacted. AB Cares, a community coalition, serves as a community response to suicide. 

AB Cares
AB Cares includes all residents of the community as youth, middle-aged men, and seniors are at the greatest risk of death by suicide. For Acton and Boxborough, the comprehensive 2016 Youth Risk Behavior survey revealed that 15% of high school students seriously considered suicide in the last 12 months. In middle school, 5% of 6th grade respondents and 11% of 8th grade respondents report having seriously considered attempting suicide during the twelve months prior to the survey. Learn More.

DA Ryan Addresses Substance Use Disorder (SUD) with Acton Seniors

The Acton Health Department invited District Attorney Marian Ryan to speak at the Acton Senior Center as a kickoff to a town-wide initiative to learn more about substance misuse, now known as Substance Use Disorder (SUD) among people 50 and over.

The goal is to raise awareness, identify ways to reduce the stigma of seeking help and publicize available resources about the risks and impacts of the Opioid Crisis. She noted Opioids such as Percocet, OxyContin and Vicodin are frequently prescribed to alleviate pain, but these medications can have addictive effects. More...
District Attorney Ryan at the Acton Senior Center
Sheryl Ball and DA Marian Ryan

Do You Want a Dog Park in Acton?

The Acton Board of Selectmen has created a Dog Park Committee to consider construction of an enclosed accessible dog park. There are over 1,600 dog owners in Acton. Many residents would benefit from a contained area where their dogs can safely exercise, socialize and just be dogs! Communities with dog parks have realized better behaved dogs. Dog parks also provide positive social experiences for all folks who enjoy dogs.
Dog Park
Several town owned locations are being evaluated. The committee of seven Acton dog owners will cull information from other towns and organizations to find the best practices and designs that may be adapted to the needs of Acton. Private and public funding opportunities will be researched. Once complete, the plan will be presented to the Board of Selectmen. Bark for a park!


ABRSD freshmen participated in the ANS ImPACT concussion assessment program


Acton Nursing Services is continuing its Public Health mission – to Prevent, Promote and Protect – by joining 7400 high schools and 1000 colleges and universities in helping evaluate and manage suspected concussions.

This Fall, Acton-Boxborough Regional High School freshmen participated in a concussion assessment program. ImPACT® (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) is the most scientifically-validated computerized neurocognitive test, requiring a 25-minute on-line test delivered via a secure portal on a desktop computer. The base-line test is administered in the presence of a physician, nurse, athletic trainer, athletic director or coach but only a licensed healthcare provider can administer an ImPACT post-injury test and interpret results.
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Nature Walk with Tom Tidman on #OptOutside Day