Senator Janet Nguyen joined one hundred eager Santa Ana residents who woke up bright and early to participate in the Wellness Corridor event. With the vision of encouraging healthy lifestyles, the event began in the parking lot of Latino Health Access where residents warmed-up before embarking on a walk through Downtown Santa Ana. As they walked, residents stopped to visit several stations that were situated throughout the route and which featured various physical activities including potato sack races, hula hooping and much more.
“Recreational park space is very limited in Santa Ana but this should not stop our residents from being physically active,” said Senator Janet Nguyen. “Our goal is to help our children and families see that there are spaces within our existing urban areas where they can exercise and play.”
The mission of the Wellness Corridor, created by the non-profit organization Latino Health Access, is to promote healthy and active lifestyles choices for the residents of Santa Ana through the use of non-traditional open spaces. To achieve this, the Wellness Corridor seeks to create walking and biking routes in urban areas that also feature amenities that encourage residents to be physically active.
As a member of the Wellness Corridor Steering Committee since its establishment in 2012, Senator Nguyen’s office proudly hosted an interactive station in Santa Ana’s Artist Village that featured music, jump roping and games.
The festive walk, ended at the Green Heart Families Park where residents enjoyed workshops on nutrition, line dancing and healthy food.
“Exercising can be a fun family-friendly activity that can take place in non-traditional settings. I am very proud of the work of the Wellness Corridor Steering Committee and of the families who have committed to the overall wellbeing of their families and community,” said Senator Janet Nguyen.
Addressing the lack of open spaces in Central Orange County has always been a priority of Senator Nguyen. Most notably, during her tenure as an Orange County Supervisor, Senator Nguyen was instrumental in spearheading the conversion of the Haster Basin Flood Channel into the Haster Recreational Park located in Garden Grove. The site, which added two-acres of park space to Central Orange County, also features soccer fields, exercise stations, a jogging trail and an improved parking lot.