Let’s Get Moving in Toledo’s City Parks

Parks and Youth Services‘ Award-Winning ‘Let’s Get Moving’ Walking Program will be holding three pop-up events in local city parks this spring and summer.

During these events, Parks and Youth Services promotes health and wellness throughout the city. Participants will also get a preview of programming starting on July 20 at Ottawa Park. At each event, Reading for Literacy will provide free books for kids. New and returning participants of ‘Let’s Get Moving’ are encouraged to attend the pop-up events.

The first pop-up event will be held from 6-8pm on Tuesday, April 16 at Close Park. Participants will take a scenic walk around Close Park and Bowman Chessie Trail. MercyHealth and the Mercy Community Nurse Team will provide health screenings during the event. Join “Ask the Expert” on Zoom to learn about the topic of minority health with Cheyenne Nawrot from the Toledo Lucas County Health Department. No registration is required for this event.

On Tuesday, May 21 at 6-8pm, the second pop-up will be held at University Parks Trail. Participants will meet at the McCord Road Entrance and take a scenic walk around University Trail, ending at Wildwood Metroparks.

Since May is Mental Health Month, the “Ask the Expert” session with NAMI of Greater Toledo on Zoom will provide an opportunity for participants to interact with mental health experts and learn about the correlation between walking and its impact on mental health.

The last pop-up of the season will be on Tuesday, June 18 from 6-8pm at Woodsdale Park. This will include a scenic walk around Woodsdale Park and an “Ask the Expert” session featuring information about health services.

‘Let’s Get Moving’ is a low-impact waling initiative where the community can join 10 bi-weekly walks to earn incentives. The program is presented by the City of Toledo Parks and Youth Services in partnership with Mercy Health System, Area Office on Aging, The Toledo Lucas County Public Health Department, Zepf Center and Metroparks Toledo.

For more information on this program and to register, visit toledo.oh.gov/get-moving.

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