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Faith-Based Congregations Sign On for Safety and Wellness

June 1, 2013 | Community News, Trenton

Volunteers from four Trenton churches have agreed to conduct walking audits of the areas surrounding three Trenton elementary schools: Hedgepeth-Williams, Monument and Wilson.

Participating churches are Shiloh Baptist, Union Baptist, Westminster Presbyterian and Living Hope. Congregants began conducting the walking audits in early June.

The walkability assessment will help NJPHK-Trenton prioritize infrastructure improvements and create safe routes for school travel plans. A Healthy Community Development Grant from New Jersey Department of Health’s ShapingNJ is underwriting the initiative.

Marissa Davis, NJPHK-Trenton project manager, is excited by the enthusiasm of the churches and their members. “We hope to build on these initial efforts,” Davis says. “Following the walkability audits, each church will be asked to consider adopting a wellness policy and promote healthy living among congregants. We want to keep the momentum going.”

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