Garrett County In Motion

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Individuals Participating In Physical Activity Pass Access Programs

Individuals Participating In Physical Activity Classes and Community Events

Individuals Educated on Community Resources + Free Community Events

Total Number of Individual Interactions w/ Community Members and Stakeholders

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About This Campaign

The community of collaboration is the headliner of this wide-open wellbeing tour, strengthened with unique genres of radically different paths that lead to greater access to fitness. It’s a festival of glorious partnerships rooted in gratitude meeting people right where they are on their journey! 

Our best idea was to open this opportunity up to everyone and invite them to think freely while we issued a full creative license to dream big. What we received blew us away – people who are deeply passionate and fully committed to elevating the community by sharing their craft through Fitness & Fun awards. Holding HUNDREDS of FREE events over the summer gave people a wide variety of options to find fitness and create supportive pods in the community to address issues relating to well-being, especially weight and diabetes. An additional level of partnerships evolved as a new community calendar was utilized by additional partners: medical providers, state parks, county government, chamber of commerce, state office of outdoor recreation, and community action to further increase access.

Check out Jessica Mae Wilson’s compelling story on the Wall of Love as you watch her video and learn about how she’s working in her Habitat for Humanity Community to create a safe and accessible space for fitness and social gatherings.

Conversations are happening around how we as a community can provide better experiences and improve access to fitness for people with disabilities. A convening of interested stakeholders is scheduled to thoughtfully consider our environment, the strengths we have, and ideas that we can begin formalizing as a group.

Check back often as the tour continues and new leaders with meaningful projects emerge!

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TREMENOUS ? Thank You To All Of Our Partners!

Garrett County Health Department, Maryland State Parks, Beach to Peak Yoga, Habitat for Humanity, Deep Creek Lion’s Club, Oakland Jazzercise, Garrett County Community Action, Fit With Jen Studio, WildWood Athletic Club, Garrett County CARC at Garrett College, Garrett Growers, Garrett County Government, Western Maryland Food Council, +More!

 

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Fitness & Fun On The Pickleball Court!

Fitness & Fun On The Pickleball Court!

Let's find 2 hours and 30 minutes this week to engage in moderate-intensity physical activity for our well-being! We need to get moving and find ways that help us sustain fitness. There's a group from the CARC Senior Fitness Club that has taken it on the road. When...

Get Your Movement Minutes By Playing Pickleball This Week!

Get Your Movement Minutes By Playing Pickleball This Week!

If you have a flexible schedule or are retired, this may be something you can try! Join the friendly crew that plays Pickleball twice a week when the weather is nice, and wow, what a forecast for the end of October! This morning at 10:00 a.m., they play in Grantsville...

Play the fastest-growing sport in America, Go! Garrett County Members!

Play the fastest-growing sport in America, Go! Garrett County Members!

Ready to see what all the hype is about? Pickleball is everywhere these days, and we're playing in both the Northern and Southern ends of the county. It's been explained to me as a mash-up of tennis, ping-pong, and bad mitten that's approachable for many. It piqued my...

Get Outside!

Get Outside!

As our season shifts, it's the perfect time to get outside. More movement means better health. According to the National Institutes of Health, REGULAR physical activity reduces the risk of and/or improves many diseases and conditions, including arterial hypertension,...

Celebrating Friendships & Fitness

Celebrating Friendships & Fitness

That's a wrap; another season of practicing yoga at our cherished Herrington Manor State Park has concluded for the season. So far, over 300 people have participated in yoga classes through GC In Motion! We had some familiar faces every week, but most were newcomers...

Hike Is Postponed Tonight

Hike Is Postponed Tonight

Due to the over 80% likelihood of rain this evening, we are postponing our hike until next week, Monday, Aug 21st at 5:30! We keep our events calendar up-to-date, so keep checking it out for things to do! https://gcinmotion.garrettcountyapps.com/community-calendar/

Hiking For Health, Our Summer Series Treks On…

Hiking For Health, Our Summer Series Treks On…

On Monday, we'll start the week with purposeful movement as we work toward achieving the goal of 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity per week with a group hike! This is the third in our summer series led by Ranger Luke. We'll leave from the Lakehouse...

The Calm After The Storm

The Calm After The Storm

Yesterday was very hectic and dangerous for many, with an uncommon Tornado Warning issued in Garrett County. Whether it's an external threat like weather or internal unrest, we invite you to seek ease from stress. This evening we will cultivate a sense of calmness...

Soaking Up Summer Vibes

Soaking Up Summer Vibes

Join us today for another incredible afternoon at Herrington Manor State Park! We will be on SUPs and no previous experience is necessary. The lifeguard on duty provides basic tips and helpful instructions for new participants and offers modified positions to ease...

Yoga @ Swallow Falls State Park

Yoga @ Swallow Falls State Park

Let's start the week with a gentle twist! Sheri Kosh will teach at Swallow Falls State Park starting at 4:00 on Monday, July 31st! This class is great if you are new to yoga or want a slower, gentler practice. Students bring their mat or towel. Wear loose clothing....

ACTIVITIES THIS WEEK!

ACTIVITIES THIS WEEK!

Locally grown produce will be available in Friendsville, MD, on Tuesday and the Meadows on Wednesday evenings to make healthy foods more accessible.  Through our current SPINE grant and partnerships, which includes Garrett Growers, Western Maryland Food...

GC In Motion – Guided Activities Resume Next Week

GC In Motion – Guided Activities Resume Next Week

This week the weather is hard to work around. We are postponing the third hike of our Summer Hiking Series for this evening. We encourage you to stay active, and we hope to see you all on Monday, July 17th when we will trek the green trail! Gentle Beginner Yoga will...

Summer Hiking Series – Don’t Miss #2 Tonight!

Summer Hiking Series – Don’t Miss #2 Tonight!

Let's keep moving! Build purposeful movement into every day! The aim is 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity a week, such as brisk walking. If you need a little extra motivation or just like hiking with a group of people, this activity may be for you! Ranger...

Free Stand Up Paddle Boarding @ Herrington Manor State Park

Free Stand Up Paddle Boarding @ Herrington Manor State Park

Do you want a fun way to play on the water with the added benefit of getting a full-body workout? Join us on Friday, June 16, 2023, for Stand Up Paddle Boarding! The lead lifeguard will provide you with a few helpful tips for your first SUP outing and demonstrate some...

Summer Of Fitness & Fun Is Underway

Summer Of Fitness & Fun Is Underway

Making exercise an enjoyable part of your everyday life may be easier than you think! Especially with the fun-filled week, we have planned on Gogarrettcounty.com. We all know exercise is good for us, and research tells us that self-compassion increases the likelihood...

FREE Gentle/Beginner Yoga @ Herrington Manor State Park

FREE Gentle/Beginner Yoga @ Herrington Manor State Park

Spread out and enjoy the beautiful outdoors for an hour of gentle/beginning yoga with Sheri Kosh, RYT 500. This is a great class if you are new to yoga or want a slower, gentler practice. Students bring their own mat or towel. Wear loose clothing. Extra props are not...

Put Yourself On The Map

Put Yourself On The Map

Join us tonight for the first hike of our series! We have beautiful weather to enjoy and extra points to gain. Remember, this time, we are meeting at the Ranger Station, not the Lake House, and will begin at 5:30pm to hike the Yellow Trail! June 5: Yellow Trail:1...

Summer Hiking Series Begins Tonight!

Summer Hiking Series Begins Tonight!

Join us for our first hike of the series tonight at 5:30! We are starting with the Yellow Trail and meeting at the Ranger Station or Herrington Manor State Park Office. This is the easiest hike of the series to ease us into a summer of activity! Thirty Prize Points...

Summer Hiking Series

Summer Hiking Series

We all know that time in nature coupled with physical activity has many health benefits.  Let's put it to the test and set a goal to hike all of the trails at Herrington Manor State Park. Each scheduled hike will include a different trail segment ranging...

Quick & Easy Recipe For A Smoothie

Quick & Easy Recipe For A Smoothie

We found a delicious recipe for a blueberry smoothie and then remembered we had a timeless video demonstration in our archives from Haley, so this time you get both! I make smoothies for a refreshing treat and use a combination of affordable basic ingredients. I start...

Enjoy A Free Hike @ Herrington Manor State Park & 25 Bonus Points!

Enjoy A Free Hike @ Herrington Manor State Park & 25 Bonus Points!

Join us for an outdoor adventure tomorrow, Wednesday, February 8th at 4:00 p.m. We meet at the Lakehouse and hike for about an hour with Ranger Luke. We had such a big turnout for cross-country skiing that we built a way for us to register for events! Please help us...

How Many Sunny Days Do We Average in Garrett County?

How Many Sunny Days Do We Average in Garrett County?

Garrett County gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 164 days per year. Precipitation is rain, snow, sleet, or hail that falls to the ground. For precipitation to be counted, you must get at least .01 inches on the ground to measure, according to Sperlings's...

Celebrating Fresh Snow With New Friends!

Celebrating Fresh Snow With New Friends!

https://youtu.be/JFBQq-M_rMI We celebrated fresh powder and mild winter temps over the weekend at Herrington Manor State Park with FREE cross-country skiing and lessons for beginners! A nice fire in the lakehouse welcomed community members as they waited for free...

Have You Ever Wanted To Try Personal Training?

Have You Ever Wanted To Try Personal Training?

Personal trainers are excellent teachers and supportive and enthusiastic champions of physical fitness. Their overall goal includes not only teaching their clients, but helping them develop confidence by providing them with the encouragement to stick with the programs...

FREE Cross-Country Ski Lesson This Saturday!

FREE Cross-Country Ski Lesson This Saturday!

Bring the whole family and learn how to cross-country ski with a free lesson from Ranger Luke. Equipment is also available for free for GO! Garrett County participants with an account. Don't have an account for Go! Garrett County, signing up is easy and free! Boot...

15 MILLION+ Steps Submitted So Far In The Go! Fitness Challenge!

15 MILLION+ Steps Submitted So Far In The Go! Fitness Challenge!

SIMPLY INCREDIBLE! We are so proud of our community's commitment to movement, activity, and embracing healthier lifestyles this holiday season! In just eleven weeks, our teams have collectively logged 15,885,632 STEPS! We began the challenge with realistic...

Go! Challenge Rankings Reveal An Upset

Go! Challenge Rankings Reveal An Upset

After quite a streak as reigning champions, the Swanton High Steppers have been overtaken! Brenda T has won the Challenge for week 8, and the Fitbit Challengers, just 1,591 steps behind, receive second place! Great job, everyone! 1Brenda T79,9202Fitbit...

Honoring Big Achievements Of A Local Veteran

Honoring Big Achievements Of A Local Veteran

Our Go! Fitness Challenge, supported by CareFirst, kicked off in October with excitement! It's a movement challenge designed to encourage physical activity for Garrett County residents. Both individuals and teams participate by engaging with the online community of...

Only Three Weeks Left In The Go! Fitness Challenge

Only Three Weeks Left In The Go! Fitness Challenge

Stay strong, keep moving, and visualize yourself bringing in 2023! Do you feel confident and strong? Do you want to bring in the new year with more energy? It's your vision, be detailed as you think about what you want to feel like moving into 2023. It's a great time...

Explore More This Weekend & Celebrate Our Challengers!

Explore More This Weekend & Celebrate Our Challengers!

Congratulaitons Again! Our participants continue to do well and have stayed relatively consistent throughout the Challenge. Most individuals submitting their steps get between 30,000 to 50,000 a week. The Swanton High Steppers have one person on their team that skews...

Ten Million Steps!

Ten Million Steps!

Witnessing the northern lights is one of my bucket-list experiences that I'm sure would be transformational! The conditions need to be perfect for this spectacular display to take place. December through March is usually the best time to observe this elusive...

Movement Standings

Movement Standings

It's officially the holiday season! A time when our focus tends to shift toward others. It's easy to forget to prioritize the gift of movement for ourselves. Let's use all the proven tips and tools we've been learning along the way to stay in a grateful and motivating...

Every Day Counts

Every Day Counts

In response to comments from yesterday's post, SAME! We feel you; our entire team has slowed the pace this week.  At the track, a waving yellow flag tells the drivers/riders that there is an obstruction on the racing surface, and it prepares them to slow down and...

Grateful For You

Grateful For You

In our sixth week of this Fitbit Challenge, we want to let you know how grateful we are to each of you for sharing part of your movement journey with us! Collectively we've made it to the west coast and headed north into Seattle, where it happens to be 49 degrees and...

Healthy Competition On Go! Garrett County

Healthy Competition On Go! Garrett County

Four weeks in a row, the Swanton High Steppers are the team with the most reported weekly steps! You all are incredible, and we are collectively moving a lot more to catch you! Team DZ came close last week (10/31-11/6) and is our second-place winner with just a...

Let’s Celebrate 5 Million Steps In Four Weeks!

Let’s Celebrate 5 Million Steps In Four Weeks!

Taking a moment to reflect upon our successes is so essential for our mental health. Life is full of things that keep us busy and every once in a while, let's pause and think of all that we've accomplished and just how far we've come in such a short time! What was...

Reigning Champions, Swanton High Steppers!

Reigning Champions, Swanton High Steppers!

Our Swanton High Steppers are on a winning streak, great job! There has been some shuffling of our leaderboard, many moved up in place while a few dropped down. Wherever you are today, know you are supported and celebrated in this online community! Movement and...

Our First $100 Sheetz Gas Card Winner!

Our First $100 Sheetz Gas Card Winner!

That trip across the Country must have been what made Week 3 (Oct 24 - Oct 30) such a blur! Thank you for all the comments in the posts; we appreciate learning more about your goals and motivations to increase mobility through movement! Jamie W suggested we track how...

We’re Almost To Aspen, CO!

We’re Almost To Aspen, CO!

Our Fitbit Challenge participants have logged 3.28 million steps in just two weeks! If we started our journey from Oakland, we would be coming to Aspen, Colorado, for the weekend! That's pretty impressive; I'm staying motivated by visualizing playing in these...

Reigning Champions, Swanton High Steppers!

Reigning Champions, Swanton High Steppers!

This is the team to beat, with 378,520 individual steps and an average of 94,630 between four people! We keep gaining traction in more ways than one! We are picking up more people weekly and increasing our step counts. Consistency is the key, and I've noticed certain...

Who Is Going To Take The Trophy? Last Day To Submit Weekly Steps!

Who Is Going To Take The Trophy? Last Day To Submit Weekly Steps!

Hello, dedicated steppers! We've received a dozen team step entries so far; it's the last day to submit for the previous week, so don't forget! We've noticed some of you added new people to your teams. That's a beautiful idea because research tells us that when we...

Week Three Of The Challenge: Bonus Round!

Week Three Of The Challenge: Bonus Round!

Happy Monday! Don't forget to turn in your step log from last week, and walk with intention toward the new opportunities that await! Think about what it would look like if you were in optimal health. What would that feel like for you? Please take a moment and jot it...

Week One Challenge Winners, Swanton High Steppers!

Week One Challenge Winners, Swanton High Steppers!

Congratulations! The Swanton High Steppers got moving and finished strong during our first week! They have a regular physical activity routine and demonstrated chronic disease prevention with this step log. I guess there may be improved mood, concentration, and...

Fitbit Challenge Participant Mary Ann Rizer Is Our Winner This Week!

Fitbit Challenge Participant Mary Ann Rizer Is Our Winner This Week!

We promised random prize drawings for those entered into our Fitbit Challenge; today is the first prize of many random prizes we will have fun awarding! Mary Ann is part of a multigenerational team with her daughter and two grandchildren who enjoy getting as many...

Stepping Into Autumn Glory To Benefit A Good Cause!

Stepping Into Autumn Glory To Benefit A Good Cause!

Oakland Mt. Lake Park Lions Club Autumn Glory 5k Run / 2 mile Walk for Sight Race Please note there is an event fee to participate in this community 5k run/ 2 mile walk to benefit the Oakland Mt. Lake Park Lion's Club. Enjoy ideal fall foliage at Broadford Park to...

Go! Challenge: Frequently Asked Questions

Go! Challenge: Frequently Asked Questions

We're off to a fantastic start, several teams and individuals are participating in the Steps Challenge! We've received a lot of questions in this first week and we're using this post to publish an FAQ's list to make all the details clear. In addition, the gcinmotion...

Go! See The Beautiful Fall Colors In Garrett County

Go! See The Beautiful Fall Colors In Garrett County

The Go! Fitness Challenge is turning into another massively successful program, and we are so thankful for all of our community members who are participating, and reaching out to ask questions and tell us about their fitness journeys! We are working on a more...

11,000 Steps Should Do It!

11,000 Steps Should Do It!

New research released on Monday in Nature Medicine https://www.nature.com/articles/s41591-022-02012-w gives us hope! Participants in the study wore activity trackers and had an average of 4 years of continuous monitoring. What they found was that more steps are...

Recognizing World Mental Health Day With Healing Steps

Recognizing World Mental Health Day With Healing Steps

It's the first day of our County Step Challenge, and we are inviting you to take those steps with the power of self-compassion! Acknowledging the difficulties in our lives and being kind to ourselves can positively affect our mental wellbeing. Our challenge isn't...

Walktober Day 4 – “Step” Into Walktober!

Walktober Day 4 – “Step” Into Walktober!

As our team prepares to release additional information about the upcoming Go! Fitness Challenge tomorrow, we managed to snap this fun group, led by the Garrett County Health Department's Amy Ritchie, kicking off another Walktober 1-mile walk! Amy has been hosting...

Walk Maryland Day!

Walk Maryland Day!

Walk Maryland Day is a celebration of our state's official exercise and a call to action to support safe walking and walkability. Anyone can participate, and today in Garrett County, we get to walk in the sunshine! If you are interested in a social gathering, we have...

Chronic Disease Program Serves Thousands in Garrett County

Chronic Disease Program Serves Thousands in Garrett County

By Diane Lee, Public Information Officer, Garrett County Health Department Developing and implementing impactful programs in Garrett County has long been at the heart of the Garrett County Health Department’s mission to make Garrett County a healthier place to live,...

The Fitbit Challenge Is Finally Here!

The Fitbit Challenge Is Finally Here!

We're on a mission to keep Garrett County moving through our beautiful fall season! For those just joining us, here's a little background: to increase opportunities for people to be more physically active, an initiative called GC In Motion was launched in April of...

Pivot Into Classes That Give Your Immunity A Boost

Pivot Into Classes That Give Your Immunity A Boost

As the rain makes it difficult to enjoy physical fitness outdoors, we're bringing you several indoor options that you can try at no cost to you! In fact, when you participate in fitness activities you GAIN! "The practice of physical activity strengthens the immune...

Soak Up The Summer of Fun This Week!

Soak Up The Summer of Fun This Week!

Leaves are beginning to change as August comes to a close. Don't miss this full week of our Summer of Fun activities for you to choose from that are totally free to you! Jazzercise is available every day this week for a fun studio class. Body sculpt with Jen Sober@...

Explore These 8 FREE Events Happening in Garrett County This Week!

Explore These 8 FREE Events Happening in Garrett County This Week!

Thank you all for continuing to participate in the Summer of Fitness & Fun campaign, and for bringing your friends! ? The turnout at local events has been FANTASTIC! and we've got even more great events for you to enjoy! Here's what you can look forward to this...

Bikepacking: Workshop Wednesday

Bikepacking: Workshop Wednesday

I can't think of anyone more qualified to teach us about bikepacking than A.J. DeLauder. After all, A.J. did complete the Tour Divide earlier this summer!!! A bikepacking race starting in the Canadian Rockies and going for 2,700 miles through extreme weather...

Little Movers Is Back Again With GC In Motion Doing Yoga

Little Movers Is Back Again With GC In Motion Doing Yoga

GC In Motion is teaming up with Garrett County Health Department's Early Care Programs to expand our current program offerings to young families in our community. The program is called Little Movers, and Tuesday, August 16th we are doing yoga & eating healthy with...

Explore These 13 FREE Events Happening in Garrett County This Week!

Explore These 13 FREE Events Happening in Garrett County This Week!

Thank you all for continuing to participate in the Summer of Fitness & Fun campaign, and for bringing your friends! ? The turnout at local events has been FANTASTIC! and we've got even more great events for you to enjoy! Here's what you can look forward to this...

GC In Motion Continues To Expand With New Class Offerings!

GC In Motion Continues To Expand With New Class Offerings!

Strength training is a type of exercise that involves equipment or your own body weight to build muscle mass, endurance, and strength. Working out with Jen Sober in the Body Scult class she leads is one way to level up your fitness by adding in strength training under...

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