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Living “Healthy and Happy at Finn’s”

“The Healthy Finn’s Group”, as we call ourselves, has been working hard to effect change at Finn’s Mobile Home Park. We’ve been meeting monthly, coming up with ideas to improve future farmers markets and casting votes to determine how best to spend our grant funds.

The collaboration among Finn’s residents, our community stakeholders, Finn’s Management and outside organizations has been remarkable!

Residents have signed up for a variety of different tasks to help meetings and farmers markets run smoothly. We have volunteers to: greet and count every visitor who attends our markets; help bring food to “shut-ins” (we voted to purchase a wagon for this purpose); and draft plans for the green space as well as present ideas on how to enhance it.

Community stakeholders have volunteered to “table” next to the “Veggie Mobile”. The YMCA has provided volunteers to hand out surveys and provide assistance as needed at meetings and markets. ShopRite of Little Falls’ Registered Dietician regularly attends meetings offering her expertise. At a recent market, the Dietician shared healthy samples and recipes for all to enjoy. Chilton Medical Center has donated a light dinner for our monthly meetings, which has fostered a sense of community within our group.

Finn’s Management has made available their Community Clubhouse for meetings and screenings as well as a safe space to park the “Veggie Mobile”. They also copy and disseminate promotional flyers announcing upcoming meetings and farmers markets.

We have accomplished so much in our time together and we look forward to what we have scheduled in the future. For example, The Wayne Health Department will offer free blood pressure screenings in September; Montclair State University will provide free hearing screenings in October; low cost flu vaccines will be available at yet another date; and the list goes on… We’re well on our way to living  “Healthy and Happy at Finn’s”.

About the Grantee

Wayne Health Department

One of the main purposes of the Wayne Health Department is to prevent the premature onset of disease and disability, and to help all residents achieve healthier, more productive lives. The health department is committed to maintaining, protecting, and promoting the health of its residents through organized health promotion and disease prevention efforts.