New free app helps you find healthy local activities
A new free application calledMeet and moveconnects users to local activities in North of Westchester. Northwell Healthwhich includes Phelps Hospital and Westchester North Hospital, created the app to help promote physical and social health by engaging more people in community-centered physical activities. Currently, it is available in over two dozen communities, including Cortlandt, a lookand Croton on Hudsonas well as Ossining, Briarcliff Manor, Tarryville, and Sleepy hollow.
The app aggregates the activities of local fitness and recreation “providers,” such as local and national parks and recreation departments, as well as private fitness, yoga, and dance studios. Meet and move does not sell anything and is free to use.
The application is an original idea of Joel Seligman, Vice President of Regional Initiatives for Northwell Health and former CEO of Westchester North Hospital.
“We all know the important health benefits to stay active and how hard it can get with age,” says Seligman. “In my role at Northwell Health, I was thinking about how we could use technology to connect people and activities in your community. It had to be easy and free. Not much to ask for, and that’s how we found theMeet and moveapplication. It provides a way to find others who are on the same path so you can connect with local activities in the communities we serve. The idea predated the pandemic and the implementation was significantly delayed due to the pandemic. But now seems like the perfect time toMeet and moveapp, as people try to get out, get some fresh air, and start meeting people again.
A current app user is Jessica Knopke of Katona. “I was looking for an early morning yoga class near my house,” she says. “I was told about Meet & Move, I downloaded the app on Sunday and within hours I found a yoga class on Monday at 6am. And it was only at 12 minutes from home. Now I have a nice early morning routine.