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Grantee Blog 2020

Let’s get moving!

Are you looking for an opportunity to be physically active during this pandemic? If you are a Bloomfield resident, then you are in luck! This fall, The Bloomfield Department of Health and Human Services (BDHHS) is excited to be collaborating with New Jersey Bike and Walk Coalition. On September 1, 2020 at 4:30 pm, a group of participants will be exploring the outdoors by walking from the Bloomfield Library to Watsessing Park and back. During this socially distanced walk, participants will be led by the coalition Coordinator, Liz Brady. With receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and a Masters in Public Health from Montclair State University, she will be providing health information on mindful eating and healthy recipes for all. Walk participants are eligible for $10.00 veggie bucks to use toward the Mobile Veggie Truck- which will be the last stop on their journey. Everyone will have the opportunity to visit the Mobile Veggie Truck which will be set up in front of the Bloomfield Library.

The goal of this initiative is to increase opportunities for physical activity for Bloomfield residents. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) American adults are recommended to get at least 2.5 hours of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity per week. Additionally, research has proven that having a regular walking schedule can improve the following; high blood pressure, weight gain, sleep disruptions, bone strength and mental health. BDHHS is encouraging our residents to be active and stay healthy. While we are all still thinking about staying home and social distancing, getting up and moving everyday will always be a great way to keep your energy levels high and be in a good mood. Some physical activity is better than none.

We are allowing a maximum of 15 participants per walk. This is to accommodate the requirements of social distancing. As space is limited, registration is first come first serve. You can register at http://www.meetup.com/Lets-WalkProgram/. We hope to bring more walking clubs to our community in the near future.

About the Grantee

Township of Bloomfield

To prevent disease and promote physical and mental well being through policy development, disease detection, prevention, education and enforcement; and to do so in a culturally competent manner that ensures the high quality of life for the citizens we serve.