The Partnership for A Healthier New York City selected my program as one of its group of Neighborhood organizations to receive funding through the Community Transformation Grant. This grant, called CTG for short, was received by the Department of Health and Mental Services from the CDC. Nancercize is collaborating the Friends of Morningside Park; Brad Taylor, the group’s president, is a fan of Nancercize and has ben taking my classes for several months. He’s also become rather fond of bicycling and has been to the class all winter! Our map maker and graphic designer, Kaja Kuhl, is an urban designer and principal of youarethecity. Kaja and I are also working together on a parks map for Hike the Heights, another project involving the amazing escarpment parks of Northern Manhattan. Kaja runs and loves basketball!

Walthrough Morningside Park

Walkthrough Morningside Park

Here’s a photo of the three of us and parks staff, after a chilly walk through of the park to get the lay of the land for the mapping.
Stay tuned for more news about our Fitness Mapping and Exercise Signs Project.

The grant specifically mandates a focus on reducing the onset of chronic disease, and has four domains: Tobacco-free Living, Healthy Eating, Active Living and reduction of underage and excessive Alcohol use. Most chronic diseases are acquired due to the choices we make in these four domains.

My sketches for possible routes

My sketches for possible routes

And here’s my first sketch of what we are thinking of doing. A Serenity Stroll, with relaxing stretches; A Power Path, with strengthening exercises; and An Energy Circuit, full of aerobic activity to strengthen your cardio system and give you energy. Just wait until you see Kaja’s transformation of my funky little sketches into elegant, sophisticated graphics.