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Continuing “Steps” to “Grow” in the Right Direction in Franklin

The Sussex County Division of Senior Seniors has continued to move forward in implementing two vital programs within the community: a community garden and a walking program for seniors.  The Community Garden has successfully grown lettuce, strawberries, peppers, tomatoes, snow peas, string beans, kale, chard, carrots, beets, spinach, broccoli, basil and marigolds, which has been distributed within the community.  There have been continued efforts of outreach to bring in additional volunteers to help with the garden.  Additional locations have been identified within the town to enhance the gardens in order to grow additional produce.  Contractors have provided estimates for installation of adequate fencing to protect the quickly growing gardens.

In addition, the Division of Senior Services has identified a total of 5 leaders to receive formal training by the Arthritis Foundation in order to implement the “Walk With Ease Program”.  Per the Arthritis Foundation, Walk With Ease “is an evidence-based program that has been proven to help people with arthritis or other related conditions reduce pain, increase balance, strength and walking pace, and improve overall health”.  All required documentation has been successfully submitted and training is anticipated to be held within the next month with a program start date soon after.

The program is supported by funding from Atlantic Health System as part of the New Jersey Healthy Communities Network.

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Sussex County Division of Senior Services

As part of the Department of Health and Human Services, it is the mission of the Sussex County Division of Senior Services to empower older adults, those 18 and older who are disabled, and/or their caregivers to choose from a coordinated system of services that enable seniors to live as independently as possible in their homes and in their communities while enjoying a dignified quality of life.