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Cambria Chamber’s Recreation Committee unveils new WalkWorks route in Johnstown

Courtesy photo Cambria Regional Chamber President and CEO Amy Bradley and Leanna Bird of the Chamber’s REC Committee and the 1889 Jefferson Center for Population Health display the sign that will mark the new WalkWorks route in downtown Johnstown.

JOHNSTOWN — The Cambria Regional Chamber’s Recreation Economy Committee unveiled new signage on Aug. 10 as part of a WalkWorks program in downtown Johnstown.

The Recreation Economy Committee of the Cambria Regional Chamber has worked in coordination with the City of Johnstown and 1889 Jefferson Center for Population Health to create the WalkWorks route.

“We are thrilled to have so many local and regional partners help us carry out this project to create additional recreational opportunities for those living, visiting and working downtown,” said Leanna Bird, a member of the REC committee and project manager for the 1889 Jefferson Center for Population Health.

Johnstown’s WalkWorks route takes walkers on a 1.8-mile stretch that includes many scenic and historic highlights, including the Stone Bridge, the Johnstown Flood Museum and the Iron to Arts Corridor.

“What a lot of folks might not realize is that Johnstown was initially chosen as the pilot city during the inception of WalkWorks,” said Mike Cook, professional development coordinator with In-Shore Technologies and chairman of the Chamber’s REC Committee.

“The program went through a bit of a revision since then, so it is great that Johnstown was once again chosen to be a participant in WalkWorks. Hopefully, this program helps to encourage city residents to be proactive about their well-being and encourage them to positively impact their overall health.”

Johnstown’s route is part of a statewide WalkWorks program, a collaboration between the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.

Funding for WalkWorks is provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Health through the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant and the State Physical Activity and Nutrition Program, both from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“We are very thankful to the REC for their work on this project,” said Amy Bradley, president and CEO of the Cambria Regional Chamber. “Not only does it help people improve their health, it also showcases many of the wonderful points of interest in our city. It will be a great route for residents and visitors to enjoy.”

Anyone interested in joining a walking group in Johnstown or who currently belongs to a walking group or other organization looking for a place to walk and engage in regular physical activity can visit www.crchamber.com , call 535-5156 or email leanna.bird@jefferson.edu or michael.cook@inshoretech.com for more information on the WalkWorks route.

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