Active Parks, Healthy Cities: Increasing Physical Activity Among Teen Girls and Seniors

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Active Parks, Healthy Cities: Increasing Physical Activity Among Teen Girls and Seniors

City Parks Alliance’s National Study of Neighborhood Parks found that teen girls and seniors are often underrepresented in parks. This webinar explores creative models and programs that have successfully engaged these underrepresented demographics in physical activity in their parks and community spaces.

In Cleveland, Ohio, the Girls With Sole program uses free fitness and wellness programs to empower the minds, bodies, and souls of girls who are at-risk or have experienced abuse. Girls With Sole has received extensive national attention for its innovative and successful programming.

In Jasper, Indiana, The Older Americans Center, a division of the Jasper Park & Recreation Department, offers programming tailored to residents ages 55 and over, including exercise and fitness classes that serve a range of fitness levels and see high participation rates. With a growing senior population, the goal of the center is to promote quality of life while creating socially pleasant and positive experiences for all who walk in the door.

Speaker from Cleveland, OH:

Liz Ferro was born in Rochester, NY, and lived in four foster homes before her adoption at the age of two. As a child, she was abused by a neighbor and found solace in fitness and running. To date, Liz has crossed many finish lines. She has completed 70 marathons and countless other road races and triathlons. The empowerment gained from sports led her to found the non-profit organization Girls With Sole. She is the recipient of the 2016 Medical Mutual Pillar Award, the 2015 Women Who Excel Entrepreneur Award, and several other awards and honors.

Speaker from Jasper, IN:

Kaci Wehr is the community engagement coordinator at the Older Americans Center in Jasper, Indiana. She has a passion for promoting quality of life for seniors and teaching and encouraging exercise as medicine. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology from Indiana University Indianapolis. Kaci is an American College of Sports Medicine Certified Exercise Physiologist and holds the Exercise is Medicine® Level 2 Credential. She is a certified yoga instructor and holds a health coach certification. Her experience includes older adult fitness and recreation, corporate and community fitness and wellness, personal training, and resort fitness.


Nelson Beckford, Program Director, Neighborhood Revitalization and Engagement, the Cleveland Foundation, Cleveland, OH

Continuing Education Credits Available:

  • 1 AICP credit

Support for this webinar is provided by the Cleveland Foundation.

Oct 2, 2019


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