Family Service of Rhode Island Holds “Walk for Wellness” Saturday May 31 Agency’s “Providence Children’s Initiative” Promotes Healthy Choices

Family Service of Rhode Island’s “Providence Children’s Initiative” will be hosting a “Walk for Wellness” event Saturday, May 31, 9 a.m. to noon,  at Harriet and Sayles Park, located next to Fogarty Elementary, 199 Oxford Street, Providence.

The event kicks off with a walk around the Lower South Providence neighborhood beginning and ending at the park where community exhibitors will be displaying information about their summer programs and health-related information.

The Rhode Island State Police will conduct a fitness demonstration, there will be child identification cards issued, Zumba, health screenings, music, and more.

“It will be a fun way to get some exercise, learn about healthy life choices, and maybe even do some Zumba,” said the Providence Children’s Initiative’s Allyson Trenteseaux, who is coordinating the event.  She noted that if it rains the event will be rescheduled.

In addition to Family Service of Rhode Island, sponsors include the Rhode Island State Police, the Providence Fire Department, Project: Night Vision, Healthy Families America,  Boys and Girls Clubs of Providence, Hasbro Children’s Hospital, Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation, Whole Foods, Audubon Society of Rhode Island, Charm Medical Supply, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, URI Nutrition Education, the City of Providence’s Healthy Communities Office, Childhood Lead Action Project, the Providence Public School District, OIC of Rhode Island, and the YMCA of Greater Providence.

The Providence Children's Initiative, created in 2010 by Family Service of Rhode Island, collaborates with community residents and leaders, government, non-profits, foundations and businesses to strengthen the neighborhood.  Its work includes the Walking School Bus, a community garden and more.  Family Service of Rhode Island is a non-profit social service and educational organization.  More information is available at www.familyserviceri.org.




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