Families, fun and fitness – what could be better? On Saturday, November 10, Shaping Elizabeth held its first indoor Playstreet. By all measures it was a great success, reflecting the coalition partners’ shared beliefs, and our work of leveraging resources, collective power and shared learning to support the health of Elizabeth families that day and beyond.
The concept of an indoor Playstreet began when the Elizabeth Public Library purchased several indoor activities with grant funds they received to support their work with Shaping Elizabeth. The Gateway Family YMCA and the City of Elizabeth Health and Human Services Department brought their expertise and resources together with volunteers from New Jersey Youth Corps and the library. New York Life Insurance supplied Child ID services, and many of the families took advantage of the offer. We marketed the indoor Playstreet as a team, and families came.
Not only did families show up, but the level of engagement was outstanding. They danced, played, smiled, learned healthy eating tips and contributed to an overall feeling of community.
We hope we can extend this excitement in 2019 as part of our Passport to Health initiative.
Learn more about Playstreets in Elizabeth here.
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