The pandemic brought many public activities, including Champlain Centre’s popular mall walking program, to a halt. However, over the last two years, there has been a gradual resurgence of mall walkers returning.
Champlain Centre will be relaunching their Mall Walker program this May with a new name, “The Inside Track”. The launch will include brand new floor decals, a map and webpage. To assist in the relaunch, Champlain Centre is working with Clinton County Health Department and Senior Planet from AARP. Clinton County Health Department’s Creating Healthy Schools & Communities grant program helped aid in the development of the new floor decals and map. The grant also added new amenities to the mall, like a water bottle filling station and a new bike rack.
“The Clinton County Health Department’s Creating Healthy Schools and Communities (CHSC) grant is excited to collaborate with Champlain Centre to enhance opportunities for nutrition and physical activity in and around the mall,” stated Mandie Bechard, Program Assistant at CCHD.
Champlain Centre is glad to work with Senior Planet, located inside the mall across from Auntie Anne’s, to host a Mall Walker Kickoff Celebration. The celebration will be held on Friday, May 12th at 10am. The celebration will discuss the new mall walker program and briefly review Senior Planet’s classes offered to the senior community. The Senior Planet center at the mall is a technology-themed community center that offers North Country residents aged 60 and over a comfortable space to learn, work, and explore new ways to thrive in today’s digital world. Senior Planet is a nonprofit and all classes – like “Getting Started with Venmo” and Balance and Strength fitness programs – are offered free of charge. Upcoming class dates and times can be viewed online at www.seniorplanet.org/locations/north-country.