The Niagara Falls National Heritage Area and Create a Healthier Niagara Falls Collaborative hosted “Walk With Us,” a 5K wellness walk, Sunday at the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center. The walk offered an opportunity for community members to participate in physical activity and raise awareness around mental health and living a healthy lifestyle through connectivity.
“Walk With Us” was created in 2021 and, as organizers said, “designed to raise awareness about suicide prevention and the importance of combatting the isolation and sedentary lifestyle many people had experienced due to the pandemic.
“The event had a turnout of over 160 participants of all ages and abilities, as it was accessible for everyone in the community.
Team integrator Brian Archie said, “I am glad so many people showed up today. Niagara Falls is a wonderful community that cares about its fellow neighbors. Spending time walking together is a mindful exercise that can help us work through negative emotions. Exercise, getting outside, and safely being around others are all important ways that we can help prevent current or future mental health crises.”
The Niagara Falls National Heritage Area is one of 55 National Heritage Areas in the U.S. Designated by Congress in 2008, its mission is to preserve, protect and promote the area's historical, natural and cultural resources, stretching from Niagara Falls to Old Fort Niagara in Youngstown. Through partnerships and initiatives, the National Heritage Area supports small grants to community partners, develops significant projects, including the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center, Discover Niagara Shuttle and #NFMurals, and is a leading advocate for enhancing appreciation of the significant historical, cultural and natural resources within the National Heritage Area. Learn more at discoverniagara.org.
The Create a Healthier Niagara Falls Collaborative is a 501(c)(3) that gives residents of Niagara Falls opportunities to become change agents with a focus on social connection, healthy eating and physical activity. It is engaged in the community, provides tools and support to residents, and partners with local businesses, nonprofit organizations, and faith communities to positively impact the health and wellbeing of Niagara Falls residents. Learn more at healthierniagarafalls.org.