Valley In Motion is leading an effort to increase Community Well-Being across our region. Not only about physical health, Community Well-Being defines how people connect to their communities, their sense of purpose, their stressors and supports. In the Connell Park neighborhood of South Scranton, VIM is applying lessons learned from its Blue Zones assessment of the Scranton metropolitan area. By strengthening access to fresh foods, recreation, and health services, VIM is helping to to improve the health environment of residents, making healthy living easier.

Join us at the Connell Park Walking Club, which meets every Saturday at 10am at 800 Gibbons St. A chapter of Walk With a Doc, we feature local health and wellness professionals that provide a short talk before each walk. They are then available for questions and informal conversation as we walk around the park.

The group not only walks, but builds community. We helping Connell Park be a safe and clean space for everyone to enjoy. Working with partners, we’re helping to improve features, accessibility, and safety in the park, so everybody can enjoy this hidden gem!

VIM has established a number of programs to support health and wellness in the Connell Park area, including mindfulness classes, walking clubs, gardening activities, healthy food distributions, and community health fairs. We’re also proud to support the efforts of Friends of the Poor as they expand their food pantry operations to provide more fresh options to residents of Valley View Terraces, Skyview Apartments, and Hilltop Manor.

Many thanks to the NEPA Blue Zone Exploratory Committee of 2020-2021, including Geisinger, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, Lackawanna County, Lehigh Valley Health Network, The Moses Taylor Foundation, The Wright Center, and VaxServe. Thank you for the continuing sponsorship of Sanofi U.S., who sponsors the Connell Park Walking Club.

We’re always looking for new partners! Click “Join the Effort” below to ask questions and show interest.