Bay Area Community Leaders Come Together to Walk It Out

On June 7, Bay Area leaders will come together to walk it out at the 8th Annual Physical Activity and Nutrition Education Showcase and 5k walk at Lake Merritt in Oakland. Network Physical Activity Integration Specialist, Carmen Bogan who has coordinated the annual event for the past eight years, knows how important walking and outdoor physical activity can be to improving individual and also community health. “We love to see residents, health professionals, and leaders coming together as a community to create stronger relationships and improve neighborhoods,” Bogan said. Sponsored by the Network for a Healthy California-Bay Area Region (Network), the free event will feature three keynote speakers including Walk with a Doc founder and cardiologist Dr. David Sabgir and Melvin Gaines of the East Palo Alto Police Department. Gaines will present a workshop on how the East Palo Alto Police Department is implementing Fitness Improvement Training (FIT) Zones to reduce crime and violence in high crime areas. “We have noticed a reduction in gun shots in areas where we have implemented FIT Zones, but it’s too early to proclaim that our project is the catalyst of this reduction,” said Gaines. “We do know, however, that our police officers and residents are developing positive relationships, and residents are taking advantage of opportunities to improve their health.” Hilary Bass from the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office has implemented a similar program and has seen a lot of success. Golden State Warriors Junior Jam dancers will kick off the 5k walk around Lake Merritt. The showcase will be on Friday, June 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lake Merritt Garden Center and Bandstand, 666 Bellevue Ave. in Oakland.
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