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Continuing to Walk Our Way Towards a Community Garden

 The Sussex County Division of Senior Services is happy to announce the start date for our first Walk With Ease workshop.  It will begin on Monday, June 17, 2019 and run twice a week (Mondays and Thursdays) for 9 weeks at the Franklin Senior Center.  We are going to present multiple mini-sessions of the program at the Older American’s Day celebration behind held on May 31, 2019 at Selective Insurance.  We already have begun advertising and spreading the word, and we are hoping to generate greater interest after the Older American’s Day event.  We have also identified another individual at the Franklin Senior Center who is willing to be a trained peer leader of the program and will hopefully have her trained as soon as possible.  Prior to individuals receiving certifications to be able to lead the Walk With Ease Program, they must successfully complete a First Aid and CPR course.  The individual hopefully will receive the First Aid and CPR training

 We are also in continued discussions with a local senior housing facility to implement a community garden onsite.  A tentative group of individuals have been identified or expressed interest in being part of the committee to oversee the day-to-day operations of the garden.  Instead of “outdoor” gardens, the greenhouses will be installed at the site in order to create a “365 day” garden.  The hope is that individuals will be able to plant and harvest various fruits, vegetables and fresh herbs throughout the year, including the winter months.

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

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