This summer we’ve been busy installing the rest of the bike racks. In the last two months, ten bike racks have found a new home in Bloomfield. A big shout out to the Bloomfield Recreation Department, the Department of Public Works, and the Bloomfield Board of Education who all coordinated to agree on sites and arrange for their installation. Now students and residents can get around town in a healthy and sustainable manner knowing there are places to keep their bikes secure. Don’t forget your locks, though.
Taking the stairs campaign will be working with the Bloomfield Historical Society http://www.bloomfieldhistorical.org. We are thinking of utilizing historical photos such as these to hang in the stairwell in an effort to draw town employees and residents to the stairs. Isn’t it fun to look at old photos of your community and spot the differences? Can you see modern Bloomfield in these photos?
Our team also followed up with the Friendly News and Food, one of our Health Corner Store participants. We compiled and analyzed the questionnaire findings from the 51 fifth grade students from Fairview school who completed the survey, and shared the results with the store owner, Vijay. We learned that 70% of fifth graders visit the store “sometimes,” and that the most likely reason they visit is to purchase a snack, 75%. Also, their most desired food choice is fruit and their most preferred beverage is water. Now Vijay can be prepared in September when the children come bustling in the doorway on their way to school.
By the way, thanks to Janet Heroux, we learned that this process of questioning a group of potential consumers is also know as market research. A process the Bloomfield Health Department is undergoing in an effort to complete the national standards as set forth by the Public Health Accreditation Board.