Fort Plain Pacers to resume on November 1
Thanks to support from BlueShield of
Northeastern New York, the Fort Plain Pacers walking program will
resume and the fitness center at the Jr. /Sr. High School will
re-open to the public starting on Thursday, Nov. 1.
The Pacers — a year-round walking program at
Harry Hoag Elementary School — will run from 4:30-7 p.m. each school
day through March 30. The goal of the program is to help boost
physical activity for local residents and offer safe and affordable
walking options during the winter. BlueShield also plans to offer a
schedule of wellness programs.
“At BlueShield, we believe everyone has the
ability to make healthy changes,” Brian O’Grady, vice president,
said. “By taking our message out in the community, we believe we can
inspire a movement – one that motivates all residents to live
healthier, happier lives.”
Residents can register for the Pacers program
and get an ID card for $5 at the district office.
“We began this program in 2007 and
unfortunately, we did not have the funding to continue it last
year,” said Fort Plain Superintendent Douglas Burton. “Thankfully,
we can resume the program and ensure that our residents can walk in
a safe environment. Many of our walkers live with chronic illnesses
such as diabetes and arthritis, so healthy walking is important to
The fitness center at the Jr. /Sr. High School
will be open from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on school days. Membership is $20 a
month for all residents. The fitness center was opened as part of
the district’s recent capital project and features circuit training
equipment, free weights, cardiovascular equipment and training.
District leaders and representatives from
BlueShield plan on hosting a kick-off event at Harry Hoag Elementary
School in early November.
For details on the Pacers program or the
fitness center, please contact the district office at (518)