On Saturday, March 3, over 28,000 Baltimoreans came to the Baltimore Convention Center for a day of fun and fitness at the 9th Annual B’More Healthy Expo. The B’More Healthy Expo offered a variety of activities for all ages and interests including health screenings, fitness workouts, interactive exhibits, live entertainment, financial fitness, CPR training and more.

The Port Covington Development Team hosted a booth in the Healthy Neighborhoods Zone with help from members of the South Baltimore Seven (SB7) communities participating in the Your Baltimore initiative.

Your Baltimore was created by the Port Covington Development team to give students the opportunity to envision what their ideal communities would be like, then design models to share with others. Students from Benjamin Franklin High School in Curtis Bay attended the B’More Healthy Expo to display their model communities and get feedback from Expo attendees.

The B’More Healthy Expo also included multiple focus areas such as the “Arts Alive!” Zone featuring cultural and performing arts with hands-on activities and stage presentations; as well as the What’s Cooking stage, Family Meal Time Zone and Healthy Little Cooks Flavor for Life exhibit showing attendees how to prepare healthy, tasty meals.

Another highlight of the Port Covington booth was Baltimore’s Billion Step Challenge. As part of the Healthy Baltimore initiative, Mayor Catherine Pugh and the Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) launched the citywide Billion Step Challenge with the goal of getting Baltimore more active and to one billion steps by July 2018. BCHD has created an online inventory designed to amplify wellness events across the city, such as the B’More Healthy Expo, to help reach the one billion step goal.

You can register for the Billion Step Challenge here.