Healthy Chapter

Get up and Move!  The Pepperell Board of Health has completed the Healthy Chapter Grant and the results can be found here: Healthy Chapter and Walk & Bike Pepperell Map.

This is the first map for the town of Pepperell to identify benches and sidewalks for safe pedestrian travel and places for rest The purpose of the grant was to acknowledge the over 65 population and it has been incorporated as a stand-alone chapter as part of our Open Space and Recreation Plan.

Every community should be a place where people of all ages and abilities can live as long as they’d like. Too often, however, individuals find that the community in which they have lived for years no longer meets their needs. Promoting active living can make a community more livable for residents of all ages, reduce costs associated with social services and health care, and yield a range of other social and economic benefits. Promoting active aging depends on a community’s ability to provide safe and walkable streets, a range of transportation options, and land use patterns that permit easy access to services and amenities. 

Focusing on active living will help redefine what it means to retire and grow old. Rather than regard aging as simply a social services issue, communities now have an opportunity to strategically approach aging as a resource issue, by addressing the challenge of allocating the resources needed to ensure a high quality of life and by valuing older adults as resources themselves. 

This section of the Open Space & Recreation Plan focuses on identifying and addressing changes that can help the Town’s older population maintain a healthy lifestyle.  The goal of the chapter is to establish policies and practices that make Pepperell an age-friendly community.  

If you would like a physical copy you can obtain them at the Town Hall, Library and Senior Center.  We look forward to your feedback.  **For a complete map/trails guide please click here: Conservation Maps