The health and wellness of Wayne County’s residents is one of Forward Wayne County’s main focus areas. There are a wealth of wellness resources across the county dedicated to making Wayne County as healthy as it can be!
Wayne County Health Department
The Wayne County Health Department offers a host of resources for its residents. One notable resource are their walk-in clinics, which are held every Monday from 4:30 – 7:00 pm, and 8:00 am – 12:00 pm on the first Saturday of every month.
Wayne County residents can receive immunizations, testing and screenings, and much more. The WCHD also offers bivalent COVID-19 boosters! This is an excellent opportunity to stay on top of your health without taking too much time.
Reid Health Community Benefit
The Reid Health Community Benefit promotes health as it relates to community needs. They publish a Community Needs Health Assessment every three years that overviews some of the biggest challenges facing Wayne County.
One of the largest challenges facing the Community Benefit is ending the stigma surrounding substance abuse and mental illness. To help combat the stigma, the Reid Community Benefit also offers a free, anonymous mental health screening. Understanding your emotions is the first step to improving them! From there, you can find resources to help.
Wayne County’s Public Parks
As the weather gets nicer, the public parks across the county have more to offer! It’s important to make time for your health, and getting active outside is especially great! Wayne County has a host of parks, with at least one in every community. And they’re free to the public!
One great resource in our parks across Wayne County are three free disc golf courses! Glen Miller Park and Clear Creek Park in Richmond each host their own course. On the western side of the county, you can visit Creitz Park in Cambridge. The UDisc app (available on iPhone and Android) has a map that shows you local courses, ratings, and more.
These courses are spread out throughout the park and are free to use – although you’ll need to buy discs. Disc golf is a fun, simple sport that’s easy to play. This guide from the PDGA shows you how to get started!
If you’re more of a fan of traditional golf, Wayne County has plenty of that, too. The Winding Branch Golf Course in Cambridge and the Highland Lake Golf Course in Richmond are both free to the public. Meanwhile, Hartley Hills in Hagerstown, Forest Hills Country Club, and the Elks Club in Richmond are private.
Getting Active in Other Ways
Not a parks person? That’s not the only thing available! There are many locations where you can get active and burn energy in a fun way. The Dublin Community Club is an indoor skating rink in Dublin, on the west side of the county. They offer open skate nights, private parties, and more. These can be a great way to blow off steam with others! Similarly, The Skate in Richmond is a great place for folks of all ages.
The Golay Center in Cambridge is another excellent opportunity for wellness in Western Wayne. Operating on a membership or day pass service, the Golay Center offers a pool, weight room, aerobics classes, and so much more. It’s a great an affordable way to add exercise into your daily routine!
On the eastern side of the county, the Richmond Family YMCA offers many similar wellness opportunities. Visitors can utilize their gym rooms, play sports, and participate in one of many fitness classes!
However you choose to improve your health and wellness, consistency is key! This article is by no means an exhaustive list – just a tool to help you get started on your wellness journey. Staying on top of your physical and mental health will pay off – and you’ll be glad you made that time for yourself.