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Progress Toward a Healthier Community

Healthier Wayne continues its progress on two important projects for Wayne Township – 1) A Guidebook to Wayne Parks, and 2) Wayne’s first ever Farmers Market.

According to studies by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, creating, improving and promoting places to be physically active can improve individual and community health and result in a 25 percent increase of residents who exercise at least three times per week. The Guidebook will assist Wayne Township residents in identifying and locating parks and using them more often to live a healthier and more active lifestyle.

Progress is also being made on plans for a Wayne Township Farmers Market.  The market will be open from June 2019 through October 2019 on Saturdays from 10am-1pm.  Prospective farmers and vendors have been finalized, as well as the vendor application and job description for the market manager.

According to the Farmers Market Coalition, the number of farmers markets in the U.S. continues to rise, along with their collective impact on communities across America. More than just a shopping trip, markets have become integral parts of regional food systems, economies, and social networks. Markets offer a place to connect with neighbors, meet local farmers, support local small businesses, and provide nutritious food to neighborhoods in need.

“The groundwork is nearly complete on both of these exciting projects for Wayne Township,” says Cathy Scutti, the Y’s Wellness Director. “We are looking forward to adding these two wonderful opportunities for the residents of Wayne and creating a healthier community overall.”

About the Grantee

Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges-Wayne

The Wayne YMCA is charitable nonprofit organization that serves as the center of community and culture in Wayne Township. We are a powerful association of men, women and children joined together by a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility. At the Y, strengthening community FOR ALL is our cause.