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Improving Harrisburg Fitness

walking-school-busSince I am trying to not only get myself fit, but also my kids, I was delighted to read about the grants being given to improve the overall levels of Harrisburg fitness.  While of course the schools’ program won’t affect my kids (since they go to schools by their mom’s), the community-based groups initiatives do have the potential to help them reach higher levels of fitness when they come on weekends.

This initiative was established by the Department of Health in the region and the Penn State Hershey PRO Wellness Center.  The idea was to give community groups funds for sporting activities to enhance overall Harrisburg fitness.   The long-term goal is to encourage all students – even those with disabilities – to walk or cycle to school and other activities.

I totally agree with the statement made by Michael Wolf, Secretary of Health on enhancing Harrisburg fitness.  He said, “the administration’s goal of a healthier Pennsylvania starts with our children.  While we encourage all Pennsylvanians to be more physically active, we know the importance of instilling healthy habits in our children, as they are more likely to become healthy adults.”  Close to $90,000 is being put into this program.  I think it’s wonderful.

Mourning Davenport Green

So our city is now mourning Naomi Davenport Green who passed away age 88, at the end of last month, at the Harrisburg hospital.  She was Harrisburg’s first ever African-American police officer, served in the Air Force and Navy, and was an usher at Camp Curtin Memorial Mitchell United Methodist Church, where she was the Uptown Soup Kitchen’s director.  The funeral – described as a “celebration of her life” – took place on May 4.

Since I didn’t know all that much about her but kept reading little snippets in the local news, I decided to do a bit of research. I learned that she gave a lot of her time to the community, volunteering to help those less fortunate.  It seems thus that she will be very missed as a lovely lady, having been described in her guest book by Harrisburg citizen George Mehaffie, as being “No. 1 on my list of amazing people.”

IMHO, Harrisburg can never have too many people like Naomi Davenport Green.  May she Rest In Peace.