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 at the town park on Miller Street. On Fridays, they play at Veterans Park, in Mountain Lake Park, off Route 135; coming from Oakland, turn left at I Street, near the convenience store. Wear something comfortable and easy to move in; athletic-type shoes and apparel are best. To get on the informal email list when this event doesn’t make it on the Go! Garrett County site, send an email to [email protected] and request to be added.

It’s been said that Pickleball, the mash-up of tennis, ping-pong, and bad mitten, is approachable for many. I’ll let you know how approachable it was for me; this is my week to give it a try. I’m going to try and channel the athletic prowess of my middle daughter on the tennis court! (I need all the help I can get :))

I’m not sure yet what kind of workout awaits; I’m hoping I get my heart up to maximize those movement minutes. My Fitbit will let me know, and that helps keep me on track and competitive in the Step Challenge. If you are interested in receiving a Fitbit, check out our Prize shop, we have them to give to you as you participate on Go! Garrett County.

If you can’t make it to Pickleball this week, that’s okay! We encourage you to go for a brisk walk! It’s so essential for our minds and bodies to move!

Our generous partner, CareFirst, has funded the Population Innovation & Informatics Unit to increase access to fitness opportunities to help improve the health & well-being of Garrett County. In our second year of funding, we asked community members to apply for small awards that would help us collectively accomplish our goal. Brooke McConnell submitted an application to purchase portable pickleball nets and paddles that community members can utilize on behalf of the Senior Health & Fitness Club at the CARC. This is truly a grassroots effort led by community members. It’s great when a plan comes together with funding, infrastructure, volunteers, and the passion to create inclusive opportunities!

Shelley Argabrite

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