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  • Walkability Assessment Workshop

    5:00 pm-6:00 pm
    October 1, 2020

    As a part of Project REACH, we are hosting virtual walkability assessment workshops to teach our community members on how to measure their community’s walkability! Tune in for the hour-long workshop, ask questions, meet neighbors, and connect with Project REACH!

    Link: http://bit.ly/HealthyWalkingWorkshops

  • BNMC Lung Force Walk Ends!

    All day
    October 2, 2020

    For the month of September BNMC is participating in the virtual LUNGForce walk being hosted by The American Lung Association. This normally is an in-person event, with various stops along the walk route to learn about lung health and participate in challenges. The ALA is trying a virtual walk this year and we decided this would be a nice opportunity to create a team specific to members of this group. You can sign up anytime throughout the month, but the sooner the better!

    How it works: Once you register, you have the entire month to complete the different tasks in the Action Passport (attached). The tasks include signing a petition to support lung health, completing a lung health trivia quiz, going for a walk with a friend, and more. To get credit, you can either post your completed tasks in their LUNG FORCE Facebook Group<https://www.facebook.com/groups/LFWalkBuffalo/> or email Alexis (Alexis.Gigliello@lung.org) directly. For each completed task you are entered to receive a prize.

  • COVID Safe Senior Bingo & Health Fair Event

    1:00 pm-3:00 pm
    October 2, 2020

    Join us in our Senior Bingo and Health Fair event on October 2nd for food, fun, and community engagement. Seniors will park at local churches, tune into WUFO radio, and enjoy Bingo and enter to win prizes for free! Call the Richmond Summer Senior Center for more information: (716) 885-3290

    Church locations include:

    70 Chalmers Street
    907 E. Ferry Street
    1327 Filmore Ave
  • Equitable Neighborhood Development Summit, by LISC WNY

    8:30 am-4:00 pm
    October 3, 2020
    When: Saturday, October 3, 2020; 8:30am – 4:00pm
    Where: WebEx Virtual Gathering (Registration link coming soon)
    Goal: Help chart a course for equitable, healthy COVID-19 response and recovery.
    Who should attend: Anyone is welcome to attend with special invitation to neighborhood stakeholders [residents, organizations, institutions, businesses, etc] from these three neighborhood areas:
    1. East Side neighborhoods adjacent to Main Street and surrounding Masten Park
    2. Delavan Grider/Northland
    3. Broadway Fillmore
    Why: Sources of relief funding will come available. The road map we chart will provide guidance for investment.
    How: Here is what you can expect throughout the day…
    • Hear from national key note speakers, local leaders and storytellers about their own personal experiences in equitable neighborhood development.
    • Collaborate and discuss the current and potential impacts of specific projects that can create positive change in the neighborhood
    • Learn how to maximize economic, health, and wealth opportunities for your neighborhood
    Racial equity and justice will be woven into each component of the summit, and your participation is most important to ensuring a more just neighborhood development process. Save the date and stay tuned for more information.
  • COVID-Safe Community Walk!

    10:00 am-11:00 am
    October 3, 2020

    Join our community walk in Roosevelt Park! Masks mandatory, raffled prizes, and FUN guaranteed. We meet at Roosevelt Park at 10am, walk begins promptly at 10:15, and we will be wrapped up by 11am!

    Please come engage with your community to improve regular physical activity, our regional health status, and community engagement! We want to start walking clubs in your neighborhoods – tell us how we can do better!

  • National Walk to School Day!

    All day
    October 7, 2020

    It’s almost time to lace up our shoes for National Walk to School Day! Communities across the country will be celebrating the 24th annual event together – from a distance – on Oct. 7, 2020. Families, neighborhoods and schools can all register this year, so you can participate whether your school is meeting in-person or online.

    Get in on the excitement by registering today! While Oct. 7 is officially Walk to School Day this year, you are welcome to celebrate any day in October that works best for your schedule.

    To continue the tradition of togetherness that makes Walk to School Day so powerful, we’re inviting kids and adults from across the country to film a 15-30 second video describing why they plan to walk, whether the goal is promoting physical activity, advancing road safety, celebrating the benefits of walking, strengthening community connections or something else.

    To join the fun, record a 15-30 second video answering the following prompt: “This is [NAME(S)] from [STATE] and I’m walking because…” Then, post the video on your social media account and tag us on Facebook (@walkbiketoschoolday), Instagram  (@walkbikeschool) or Twitter (@walkbikeschool). Include #WalktoSchoolDay in your post to contribute to the digital Walk to School Day 2020 community.

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