Gloucester County Family Health Summit Set For This Weekend

GLOUCESTER COUNTY, NJ — Gloucester County is combining its two annual health summits amid the coronavirus pandemic, officials announced this week.

Gloucester County’s Men’s Health Summit and Women’s Health Summit have been combined into the Family Health Summit, which takes place Saturday morning.

“This event will get Gloucester County families moving,” Gloucester County Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger said. “We decided combining the two (summits) would be a perfect way for families to safely come out and get active together.”

The summit will run from 8 a.m. to noon at Atkinson Park, 138 Bethel Mill Road in Sewell. It is free and open to the public. Rain Date is Sunday.

“Our Health Department isn’t just a place to receive free vaccines and check-ups, we’re also here to help you make healthy decisions and learn fun, new ways to get active,” Gloucester County Freeholder Jim Jefferson, liaison to the Department of Health, said. “We’re coming together to help families and individuals foster healthy behaviors and learn some new activities.”

There will be both group and solo activities. There will also be free blood pressure screenings, refreshments and healthy snacks. All attendees are asked to practice social distancing and wear a mask.

Some activities include:

  • Pickle Ball (Limited number of participants);
  • Frisbee Golf (Limited number of participants);
  • Group Family Fitness Classes; and
  • Guided nature trails and fitness stations throughout the park.

“Education is the first step to learn how to live a healthier life,” Gloucester County Freeholder Lyman Barnes, liaison to the Department of Education, said. “We hope residents will take advantage of the fitness classes and activities and take some of it home with them and continue a health journey that works for them.”

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