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Engaging the Community in Physical Activity!

Shaping Elizabeth is entering a new phase of our development focused on Physical Activity.

First we found Kathy Jackson, our new Shaping Elizabeth “Traveling Activity” staff person.  Kathy brings enthusiasm, passion and expertise to our efforts.  She works and lives in Elizabeth.  Kathy will join our two Traveling Nutritionist as we serve community for healthy eating and physical activity.  We are working now to plan for programs at our Healthy Food Pantry and Low Income Housing Programs.

We know Kathy will be able to engage with members of our community and support their goals for increased physical activity. More to come……

In the spirit of engaging the community to be active we partnered with Groundwork Elizabeth and the Next Generation Students and the City of Elizabeth to celebrate the extension of the beautiful Elizabeth Walking Trail.  A ribbon cutting in which Mayor Bollwage, City Council and Freeholders participated and a Wellness Walk where partners shared information engaged over 70 people.  Participants were encouraged to stop at each table along the walk and have their “passport” stamped. Passports could be handed in for some great fresh produce and a recycling bag supplied by Rutgers Cooperative Extension.

We hope to engage the community in future walks with a “Walk with …..” series and lunch time walks sharing the history of Elizabeth along the way.

We will encourage our pantry participants to join the walks with some added incentives to sweeten the pot.

We are excited about both of these additions and will share more as we set both programs into action.

About the Grantee

The Gateway Family YMCA

The Gateway Family YMCA is the lead organization for the Shaping Elizabeth Coalition. We provide Project Mangagement for a 70 member coalition of partners from across the city and county. Our focus is to improve Health Equity so that residents can live longer healthier lives, by reducing food insecurity, encouraging healthy eating and physical activity while improving access to clinical care.

Strategy: Grantee Proposed

Cohort: North 4

Funder: SNAP-Ed

Cities: Elizabeth