Gray – It’s the New Green
I love how civic engagement leaders are tapping into Boomers 1960s sense of
social responsibility – especially when the end result is a win-win model. I
like it even better when they tap into that same spirit with older
Case in point: Green Gym, operating in more than 50 communities in the
United Kingdom. I will be working next week on bringing the model here to
Denver, CO. Will keep CA readers posted.
Break time and refreshments
Today, we changed the world.
Green Gym was founded in 1999 by BTCV (formerly British Trust for
Conservation Volunteers), the UK’s largest and one of its oldest
conservation charities. Green Gym provides people of all ages the ability
to improve their health and fitness while working to better the outdoor
environment. Notably, over two-thirds of participants surveyed have no prior
experience in environmental conservation, and many would be unlikely to
exercise in a traditional fitness center. Most look to be older adults.
Green Gym is made up of volunteers led by a qualified leader, who meet once
or twice a week to do exercise routines, as well as 1 to 4 hours of
practical conservation or gardening activities.
The health and community benefits are noteworthy – and well documented in
independent evaluations that provide evidenced-based research supporting
substantial improvements to physical, mental and social health of
Link here to learn more about Green Gym