Paul was in the hospital at the age of 40 with Heart problems. He took up running at the suggestion of his superintendent when he was working as a high school principle in Bourne. He went on to run 15 marathons and three iron man challenges. He wakes up every day to work out at the Gleason Family YMCA in Wareham by 10 a.m. He is inspirational because he over came his nicotine addiction by substituting a good habit… Running.
In the Commuter Spotlight this month is Nancy Bonell and Kerry Mello. They would like to see wide bike lanes and sidewalks everywhere, not just in select locations. Further, making public transportation more accessible and more commonly used.
Nancy and Kerry ride their bikes from Mattapoisett YMCA off of Rte. 6, along the Phoenix Rail-Trail and Adams Street to work and back 8.7 miles during the summer months – to raise awareness and encourage active travel such as walking, bicycling to work. According to a new report from the New Public Health National Prevention Strategy series, “walkable, bikable, and transit oriented communities are associated with healthier populations that have more physical activity, lower body weights, lower rates of traffic injuries, less air pollution, and improved mobility for non-drivers.”.
Nancy LaRue Bonell is the Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of YMCA Southcoast also is the co-coasch for Voices for a healthy southcoast
Kerry Mello is the Community Benefits Manager, Southcoast Health System.
WE COMMEND—BRIX Bounty Farm as they strive to provide sustainable food servicesoffer resources and ideas for community members interested in sustainable vegetable production here on the Southcoast of Massachusetts and beyond. Brix Bounty Farm focuses on investing in our natural capital (soils) and human capital (community) to create sustainable sources of original wealth. Located at 858 Tucker Road, Dartmouth, Massachusetts, Brix Bounty Farm works as a community catalyst producing nutrient rich vegetables, providing educational opportunities, and undertaking crop & soil research. THEY MARKET all of our vegetables within 5 miles of our farm: through our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program (90 summertime shares, 40 wintertime shares), a self-serve farm stand, and at the downtown New Bedford Farmers Market.