News | Published April 1, 2019

Open Streets Bellefonte to bring day of healthy fun for all

Join Mount Nittany Health and a number of downtown Bellefonte businesses on May 18, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, for the first annual Open Streets Bellefonte healthy community event, made possible, in part, by a generous donation from Northwest.  

Open to all ages and fitness levels, the event will create “paved parks” on parts of Allegheny and High streets, temporarily closing them to motorized vehicle traffic and opening to human traffic on foot, bike, scooter and more. Activity hubs will focus on activities like dancing, yoga, aerobics, and hula hooping, and incorporate other wellness-themed activities like nutritional education, to engage individuals and families in healthy activities, while building community connections. 

Two highly anticipated activity hubs to be included in the day’s events are the Ultimate Ninja Warrior Challenge and a rodeo playground. On the Ninja Warrior course, participants work their way through the challenge like their favorite TV warriors, leaping side-to-side on the quadruple steps, on their way to the rock-climb steps and on to the deck above. From there, they grab the trapeze swing and fly over to the cargo net, and make their way across the slack line to the famous warped wall, where they can grab a flag for victory. The rodeo playground features western-themed bounce play for children 10 years old and younger.  

Chronic disease, including heart disease and diabetes, was identified as a key priority in the most recent community health needs assessment (CHNA), conducted by Mount Nittany Health, in partnership with Centre Foundation, Centre County United Way, and Centre County Government. Because heart disease is impacted by high blood pressure and high cholesterol, which can result from poor diet and exercise habits, healthy weight management is key in improving the health and wellness of our community and Mount Nittany Health’s mission to make people healthier. 

As a healthcare leader in the region, Mount Nittany Health is pleased to offer an event to promote healthier living for community members. The event is a perfect example of the health system’s commitment to the CHNA’s implementation plan as a health priority for the community. 

For more information about how you can participate in Open Streets Bellefonte, including volunteer, activity, and sponsorship opportunities, visit openstreetscc.com or contact Jeannine Lozier, community health and outreach coordinator, Mount Nittany Health, at 814.231.7140 or jlozier@mountnittany.org.