This week, the wellness initiative interviewed Greg Walker, Director of Fletcher Parks and Recreation about their numerous community partners in wellness. Special thanks to Greg for providing his answers. Read the interview below, and get inspired to create & sustain wellness partnerships in your community!
1. What partnerships in wellness does the Town of Fletcher currently offer?
We partner with the following companies to provide community wellness programs at Fletcher Community Park:
Foot Rx Running holds a $5.00 community 5k run the first Wednesday of every month with proceeds going to local non-profits.
Fleet Feet Sports holds monthly training runs for beginners with their “no boundaries” program on Saturdays.
Park Ridge Health sponsors community wellness events at the park and provides nutritional expertise for participants.
Burn Fitness is currently offering free community HIT classes on our outdoor fitness center, once a month.
2. Any suggestions for unique, outside the box wellness partnerships that agencies can pursue?
Look to partner with area non-profits (YMCA, Boys & Girls Club, etc.) to provide community gardens or walking clubs.
3. What is the most effective strategy you use to establish partnerships in your community?
I visit with local community wellness providers to find out any needs they have, to see if I can provide solutions by partnerships.
4. What are some of the challenges that come along with establishing these partnerships?
Breaking down old “turf” issues. To overcome this, remind potential partners that we are all in this to provide a better quality of life for those residents in our community.
Example: We use a YMCA yoga instructor to teach our yoga classes at the Town Hall during the winter season.
5. What is the biggest value in your eyes that these partnerships bring to improve community wellness?
Partnering is a great way to begin collaborations in your community, and as a local government, we should lead the way.
6. What do you think is the best quality in a partner?
I look for partners that want to impact people, not make money off them. You have to have the same vision for community service.
7. Any other advice for departments seeking wellness partners?
Get out of your building or park, have lunch with potential partners and do not be afraid to ask them to assist you to serve others!
Thanks again to Greg Walker in Fletcher for providing us with more information about the town’s wellness partnerships! If your department has any cool wellness partnerships, i’d love to know about it. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to share!
Until next time,