MILTON — Milton is ready to step into motion as current technology is serving to revitalize a long-time community program.
George Venios, executive director of The Improved Milton Experience (TIME), said the Milton in Motion Outdoor Wellness Program was first launched in 2005 in conjunction with the Milton Historic Downtown Walking Tour.
The tour includes stops at 15 kiosks which are placed throughout downtown Milton and highlight the community’s rich history.
Venios said the program, which was originally launched in conjunction with Evangelical Community Hospital, focused on historic preservation, as well as fitness and wellness.
He said the hospital maintained several similar programs throughout the region, but discontinued those projects in 2010.
The walking tour has continued to be a popular attraction in downtown Milton. However, since 2010 Venios noted that Milton in Motion had been virtually dormant. The program offered incentives from local businesses to individuals who logged miles walking through the community.
“The interest to revitalize the (Milton in Motion) program came from Bucknell University and the development of the Ready Set Fit app,” Venios said.
Unveiled last summer, the app will officially launch on April 28.
Through the app, Venios said individuals will be able to track how far they walk in Milton and other area communities.
The app will also present information on various sites throughout the communities as walkers pass by. In addition to focusing on downtown Milton, Venios said the Milton portion of the app also highlights the Milton State Park.
The Standard-Journal newspaper and Evangelical Community Hospital are also partnering with TIME on the revitalized Milton in Motion project.
The Standard-Journal is sponsoring the Milton in Motion Walking Club.
Anyone wishing to sign up for the club can do so from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 28, at the Dorothy Hermani Mini Park, located at South Front and Center streets. Those who sign up during that event will receive a free water bottle.
Representatives from TIME, The Standard-Journal and the hospital will be on hand at the event, Venios said. The adjacent Bethany United Methodist Church will also be hosting an open house during that time.
For every 50 miles Milton in Motion Walking Club members record walking while using the Ready Set Fit app, Venios said they will receive a $5 gift certificate to a Milton business.
Venios said gift certificates will be available to: The Standard-Journal, The Arrowhead Restaurant, Klees’ Korner, Lisa’s Milltown Deli, Original Italian Pizza, Fedder’s Jewelers, Leeser’s Shoe Store and Mirella’s Fine Cakes and Pastries.
By showing their Ready Set Fit app at The Standard-Journal office once walkers reach the 50-mile mark, Venios said they will the receive a gift certificate.
Amy Moyer, publisher of The Standard-Journal, said the newspaper is excited to partner with TIME and Evangelical Community Hospital on the project.
“Often, during the warmer months of the year, I will see people reading the informational panels at the walking-tour sites,” Moyer said.
“It is great to see people out and about in Milton and this program will allow them to read and learn about our town’s rich history while getting exercise to improve their health,” she added.
Venios noted that the hospital is serving as an underwriter of the revised Milton in Motion program.
“We have continued to work with Evangelical Community Hospital over the years,” Venios said. “We have had a continuing relationship of health and wellness... They were very interested in partnering with us.”
The Milton in Motion Outdoor Wellness Program is also planned to include health fairs, programs held at the Merle Phillips Outdoor Life Park, canoe and kayak trips on the Susquehanna River, color runs and walk-a-thons.
The Ready Set Fit app will be available for download beginning April 28 from the TIME website, visitmiltonpa.org.
Staff writer Kevin Mertz can be reached at 570-742-9671 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.