Officials and representatives of the agencies that brought the Fitness Loop official signage to Port Jervis: Orange County, Healthy Orange, Bon Secours Community Hospital, the Port Jervis Recreation Commission, Mayor Potter’s Office and the Office for the Aging.
On Thursday, May 16, the Port Jervis Fitness Loop officially opened with a ceremony held outside Bon Secours Community Hospital, 160 East Main Street.
The Fitness Loop, a designated Orange County Trail, is marked every ¼ mile by oval white signs. The entire loop is 2.25 miles long, and continues down East Main Street to Jersey Avenue, down Jersey Avenue to Pike Street, up Pike Street to East Main Street, and past Bon Secours Community Hospital.
“Many people walk this loop already,” said Port Jervis Mayor Russell Potter. “And with the official marking of it hopefully we can bring more attention to the need for exercise and a healthy lifestyle in town. The path of the loop travels through the heart of town, it is well lit, and well patrolled.”
Jason Rashford, Director of Building Healthy Communities for Bon Secours Community Hospital, added that the hospital is offering an enhancement to the fitness loop with the addition of free blood pressure screenings and BMI (body mass index) monitoring. “Beginning in June, community members can stop by Bon Secours Community Hospital on Wednesdays from 9 to 11 AM to pick up a fitness tracker, and have their blood pressure and BMI screened and logged”, Rashford stated.
The ceremony opened with comments from the agencies that brought the Fitness Loop official signage to Port Jervis: Orange County, Healthy Orange, Bon Secours Community Hospital, the Port Jervis Recreation Commission, Mayor Potter’s Office and the Office for the Aging.
“This was the result of a great collaboration between Bon Secours Community Hospital, Orange County, the City of Port Jervis and other agencies,” said Bob Dietrich, director of the Orange County Health Department’s Community Health Outreach.
Bon Secours Community Hospital, a member of the Bon Secours Charity Health System, is located at 160 East Main Street in Port Jervis, NY. For additional information call (845) 858–7000 or visit: www.bonsecourscommunityhosp.org