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Elizabeth is on the Move

The community came out in numbers on the Elizabeth River Trail to celebrate National Walking Day on April 3, 2019. City leaders, residents, and employees joined Mayor Christian Bollwage on this beautiful day.

Use of the river trail continues to blossom.  Shaping Elizabeth partners make a point of gathering to walk together on the first Wednesday of every month at noon.  It is a wonderful opportunity to socialize; as well as, be active.  Efforts are underway to include “walk with an expert” events where informal conversations can take place with experts such as a local historian, medical professional or elected official.

Elsewhere around the city, our traveling physical activity professional, Kathy Jackson has been busy providing chair aerobics and chair yoga at over 20 events in just the past 2 months.  The main and Elmora branches of the Elizabeth Public Library have become favored spots since they are centrally located and easily accessible.

Kathy has gained quite the following with many new and repeat participants.  Nancy recently stated, “Kathy is an amazing instructor.  She has so much enthusiasm and plays great music.”

Anely commented, “I have back problems and can’t do lots of exercise.  I like these classes because they are gentle enough on my back, but still get me moving and sweating.”

We continue to encourage pantry participants to take part in our walks and fitness sessions.

About the Grantee

The Gateway Family YMCA

Shaping Elizabeth (SE) is a team of community members committed to improving the health and well-being of the residents of the City of Elizabeth by creating sustainable changes to systems, policies and the environment, by proposing and implementing strategies to close the health equity gap and support improved health, nutrition and physical activity for all.