CAMDEN, NJ — Mayor Frank Moran joined Connect the Lots on Saturday, April 20 in presenting “I Walk Camden,” a free guided tour exploring the city's historic Parkside neighborhood.
Each year, “I Walk Camden” offers local residents a way to learn more about one of Camden’s most storied and scenic neighborhoods while also promoting the importance of a healthy lifestyle.
“Today was a great day to enjoy our beautiful city at the successful ‘I Walk Camden’ event,” Moran said. “It was an opportunity to get together with neighbors, friends and family as we promoted the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.”
Approximately 75 participants met at Farnham Park at 9 a.m. before embarking on the three-mile walk, which included stops at the Camden County Historical Society and Parkside United Methodist Church. The walk concluded back at Farnham Park, where water, food demos by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Camden County, health information from the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, face painting and a DJ awaited the walk’s participants and families.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s 500 Cities Project: Local Data for Better Health, 43 percent of adults in Camden are obese and 47 percent of adults in Camden reported not participating in any physical activity or exercise in any given year. But since 2014, Connect the Lots and its partners have hosted many free events to promote health and wellness among city residents, including weekly fitness classes, the Camden Peace Games, “I Bike Camden” and “I Paddle Camden.”
“Today’s 'I Walk Camden’ event in Parkside promoted health, wellness, and community cohesion by offering current and former residents, visitors, and business owners the opportunity to walk in the spirit of togetherness,” said Meishka L. Mitchell, Vice President of Cooper’s Ferry Partnership.
Partners for this year’s “I Walk Camden” included the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, the Camden Collaborative Initiative, Parkside Business and Community in Partnership, the New Jersey Department of Health, and the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Camden County.
Connect the Lots is powered by Cooper’s Ferry Partnership and the City of Camden. For more information, visit http://www.ctlcamden.com/.