Hundreds attend Neighborhood Health Connection kick-off

Close to 300 community residents saw first-hand how we can improve the health of one neighborhood at a time during the Neighborhood Health Connection™ kick-off event Saturday, May 12, at the Cambridge Farmers Market.

Karla Patrick with the Cambridge Medical Center explains the Neighborhood Health Connection and hands out tool kits and resources to those attending the May 12 event.

Adults and children at the kick-off event took advantage of planting seeds, hula-hooping, getting a massage, dancing with Zumba instructors, learning about walking and biking routes, finding out more about what the local farmers market has to offer, and more.

“The focus of this kickoff event was to put tools into people hands and give them ideas on how to keep themselves, as well as, their family and neighbors healthy,” said Nicki Klanderud, Community Engagement Manger for Cambridge Medical Center.

“I never though dancing could be such an effective workout,” a community member and participant said. “I was working muscles I haven’t used in years and was having fun.”

The goal of Neighborhood Health Connection is to help neighbors build wellness through healthy group activities. Neighborhood groups and organizations can apply for free health screenings, pedometer fitness challenges and money to support healthy group activities. Get involved. Find out how you can bring healthy ideas and events back to your neighborhood at Apply and spread the word to your friends and family.

“It was inspiring to see so many people engaging in health at the kick-off event,” said Klanderud. “We gave away over 100 jump ropes, 200 frisbees, hundreds of gardening seed packets, and 200 bouncy balls in the efforts to get people moving and thinking about their health. Being healthy together is what it’s all about.”

For more information on the Neighborhood Health Connection™ contact Nicki Klanderud at 763-688-7913.