Twenty years ago, the Greater Fall River Partners for a Healthy Community was formed to assist the City of Fall River and the surrounding communities of Somerset, Swansea and Westport make improvements that will lead to healthier lives.
Fall River was one of six inaugural winners of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Roadmaps to Health Prize earlier in the year. The Prize honors outstanding community partnerships across the United States that are helping residents live healthier lives.
An announcement of the 2013 Fall River Fitness Challengewas made at Greater Fall River Re-Creationheadquarters on 72 Bank Street, Fall River, on January 2, 2012. Representatives of Re-Creation, FitWorks, General Fitnessand Generations Fitnessin Somerset were on hand to announce the upcoming health fair and registration for the four-month program that invites people who live, work or attend school in Fall River, Somerset, Swansea or Westport to improve their fitness and have fun in the process. In addition, the Fall River YMCAwill be a participating location. Over 800 people have participated in each of the past five years, and this is the first year that it is being offered to residents beyond Fall River. The expansion has been made possible by Southcoast Hospitalswho are sponsoring the program along with Partners for a Healthier Community, Inc. Click here for or a video of the news event. Click here for a Herald News article about the event and here for their editorial supporting the Challenge.