Get Healthy Walk 'n Talk
Get Healthy Walk ‘n Talk is a program in which the public is invited to come out and take a walk in their community with local healthcare professionals. During the walks, the healthcare professionals answer general health questions, while creating a safe, informal way to educate and connect with the community.
The idea for Get Healthy Walk ‘n Talk came from our Greater Bridgeport GHCT Healthy Lifestyles Task Force. This is a group that consists of many partners from our service area which is a six town region that collaborates on ways to increase physical activity and healthy eating in the community. In 2015, one of our task force members suggested that we work with our healthcare partners to host walks that could not only help people increase their physical activity, but could also help build relationships between local doctors and community residents.
We hosted our first walking series of four walks in the spring of 2016 at Seaside Park in Bridgeport. The walks were such a huge success that we decided to share the idea with surrounding towns and plan even more walks. In the fall of 2016, walks were held once again in Bridgeport with the addition of walks in New Haven and Trumbull. By word of mouth, these walking events began to blossom and many other CT towns were showing interest in learning how to plan their own Get Healthy Walk ‘n Talk outings.
The top question we always get about these walks is, “how much money will this cost?” The answer is simple, these walks can be done for FREE.
Want to plan your own Get Healthy Walk ‘n Talk event? We have created a Get Healthy Walk ‘n Talk Toolkit to help local towns and organizations plan their own walk events. Contact us at email@example.com for questions about planning your event or to let us know when your upcoming walk is planned. We would be happy to promote your walks through our website and future newsletters. We hope the creation of this “Toolkit” helps spread this idea even further. Together, we can all start helping our communities move toward improved health!
Upcoming Walk ‘n Talk Events:
- New Haven, Saturdays, April 1-June 24, 9-10:30 AM, Farmington Canal Trail
- Bridgeport, Saturdays, May 6 through June 10, 9-10:30 AM, Seaside Park. Meeting at West Beach Bath House.
- Madison, Saturday, May 6- Three 1-hour walk sessions to choose from at 9:00 AM, 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM. (More details to follow)
- Stratford, Saturday, May 13 from 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM at Stratford Sea Wall, 53 Beach Drive.
Healthy is Easy - Pledge for Organizations and Businesses
Get Healthy CT has designed a list of pledge options to assist employers and organizations with promoting health and wellness among employees and members. Once you take a pledge, GHCT will provide assistance, support and materials to help make your pledge a successful one.
There are a variety of options for pledges, with varying levels of engagement. For example, one thing you can pledge to do would be to forward the link to our online newsletter to all of your employees/members every month. Ready to pledge to do something with a higher level of engagement? One example would be to work with our GHCT partner, the American Heart Association, to improve vending machine options by reducing the number of sugar-sweetened beverages offered
Click here to view our pledge form and see all the examples of ways you can help create a healthier environment in your organization.
All completed pledges and any questions you may have can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join the growing list of organizations that have already signed our pledge:
- Bridgeport Department of Health and Social Services
- Bridgeport Hospital
- Monroe Health Department
- Sodexo at Bridgeport Hospital
- Southwest Community Health Center
- St. Vincent’s Medical Center
- Stratford Health Department
- Stratford School Readiness and Childcare Advisory Council
- Town of Stratford Community Services
- Town of Trumbull Department of Nursing
- Trumbull Health Department
- UConn Fairfield Extension
- Optimus Health Care Inc.
Know Your Numbers
Since 2014, Get Healthy CT and the Greater Bridgeport Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes Task Force have worked together to bring free health screenings directly to the patrons of local food pantries and soup kitchens. The mission of the Know Your Numbers (KYN) campaign is to empower community residents with information about their health status and educate them on how to reduce their risks of chronic disease.
KYN screenings take place throughout the year, but the majority of the screenings are held in February for National Heart Month. KYN has grown from just 10 screening sites in the first year to 21 sites in 2016. These screenings are made possible through the work of dedicated volunteers from Bridgeport Hospital, St. Vincent’s Medical Center, local nursing students and other partners.
A typical screening includes BMI, waist circumference, blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, A1C, nutrition education, physical activity tips and referrals to local clinics for follow-up care. In 2016, over half of the participants were referred for follow-up care based on their screening results.
To have an even greater impact on our community’s health, the KYN team uses the screening data to educate feeding program managers about the health issues facing their clients to help them improve available food choices. Many of these programs have made healthy changes to foods being offered to their patrons since they became part of KYN. These changes include removing sugary juices and salt shakers from tables at meal time and using brown rice and whole grain pasta when available.
In a region where 16% of the residents are considered food insecure, our residents are relying on food pantries and soup kitchens for much needed food. To feed those in need, these feeding programs rely on donations which are often processed foods high in salt and sugar.
Donate Healthy Foods Today! One way you can help impact the health of our community is to donate healthy items during food drives. Click here for a list of healthy food donation item suggestions and be sure to share this list with family, friends and coworkers.
Want to get involved in our campaign? To learn how to volunteer for an upcoming KYN screening, contact us at email@example.com.
Local resources for people at risk for or living with diabetes:
Greater Bridgeport Annual Event- National Dance Day
National Dance Day is an annual celebration that takes place on the last Saturday in July each year. This grassroots campaign encourages Americans to embrace dance as a fun and positive way to maintain good health and fight obesity.
Since 2012, Get Healthy CT has hosted this National Dance Day event in the Greater Bridgeport Region to showcase local dance programs as a fun way for residents to get physically active.
Each year we invite local dance studios to participate by having their students perform short dance demonstrations at the gazebo located on Paradise Green in Stratford. Our event also features one local dance studio that helps lead the audience in the “National Dance Day Routine”. In addition to dance demonstrations, our annual event also includes vendors, health information booths, raffle prizes and much more!
Mark your calendars: Be sure to check our website for updates on our 2017 Dance Day event, which is scheduled to take place on Saturday, July 29 on Paradise Green in Stratford.
Have a dance studio and interested in participating in this year’s event? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Greater New Haven Annual Event- Get Fit Day
Since 2013, our GHCT chapter of Greater New Haven has worked with our partners to host Get Fit Day on the New Haven Green which takes place on a Saturday in April.
This event features interactive fitness demonstrations on a main stage, along with over a dozen vendors handing out wellness information and details about local programs and services.
Mark your calendars: Be sure to check our upcoming events section for information on our 2017 “Get Fit & YMCA Healthy Kids Day”, which is scheduled to take place on Saturday, April 29 from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM on the New Haven Green. Click here for the event flyer.
Interested in participating in this year’s event as a fitness demonstrator or vendor? Email us at email@example.com.
Health Fairs & Events
Get Healthy CT volunteers and staff are available to set up an informational table at your next event in the Greater Bridgeport, Greenwich or New Haven Region. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request our display at an upcoming health fair or event.