An initiative designed to “make Lackawanna healthy,” reduce obesity, control blood pressure and other vitals, and promote a wellness way of life will be officially kicked-off on June 27 at McDade Park, Scranton.
Commissioners Jim Wansacz, Patrick M. O’Malley and Edward G. Staback explained that “Fit-N-Fun Days at the County’s parks are being combined with the popular Family Fun Day series and will focus on various recreational activities and physical fitness/exercise routines that will cater to people from ages eight to eighty.
This free program will be offered on the following dates at County parks from 11 AM to 2 PM: McDade Park, June 27; Covington Park, July 11; Aylesworth Park, July 25; and Merli-Sarnoski Park, August 8.
The wellness activities will be supervised by professionals from Geisinger CMC and The Wright Center and other individuals who are involved in fitness programs.
Residents will be able to try such age appropriate activities as aerobics, tai chi, yoga, running and dance to gauge if it works for them as part of their fitness regimen. The point of this “exercise sampling” is to continue the activities at several spas, gyms or fitness centers in our community.
Physicians and representatives from local health care organizations, such as The Wright Center for Primary Care and Geisinger Health System will be providing free blood pressure screenings, tobacco cessation information and nutritional resources and promoting other health-focused initiatives at the events.
There will be a variety of games, activities and exercise opportunities for those who attend. McDade Park also offers families the opportunity to inspect the coal mine tour and anthracite museum.
Links to various wellness programs and services, practitioners, and general resource information will be available on the County’s website www.lackawannacounty.org.